A Look Towards the Premier League Season
We’ve finished up the Round of 16 in the World Cup with the United States meeting its demise against Belgium in extra time yesterday, so while we are in full World Cup mode I thought I’d take a step out and talk a little bit about the upcoming English Premier League season. The league will probably see unprecedented popularity this year with all the new soccer fans in the country, and with every game live on NBC, there’s no reason to miss any of your team’s games. Whether you like defending-champion Manchester City or bottom-table Sunderland, there will be lots of fun games to check out.
If you want to see some of the clubs here in the states, you’ll have your chance this month when premier league teams make their way across the pond for a few friendlies. Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are just a few of them. Arsenal make its first appearance stateside in 20+ years. Lots of soccer to be seen after the World Cup ends.
Manchester City and Chelsea look to me to be the best two teams in the league this upcoming season, especially with Chelsea already making some big moves in the transfer market. They’ve had trouble getting that one remarkable striker, but they’ve locked up Diego Costa to try to be that guy. The Blues sold off David Luiz to PSG for an incredible sum of money, but spent most of it to bring in midfielder Cesc Fabregas back to the Premier League from Barcelona. Manchester City hasn’t been quite as active, but they’ve retained their core players and will likely make a big splash before the transfer deadline.
Arsenal looks to be making big moves early on after finishing fourth in the table once again. The BBC is currently reporting they are closing to sealing a deal for Barcelona striker Alexis Sanchez, who impressed during Chile’s run at the World Cup. They also seem keen to bring in a left back, likely targeting Newcastle’s Mathieu Debuchy. The Gunner started well last season, but faded back to fourth as they’ve been prone to do. Arsene Wenger’s club could be battling it out with Liverpool, Everton and Tottenham to stay in the top 4 and qualify for the Champions League once again.
Introducing the newest Premier League Teams:
Burnley is in Lacashire, north of Manchester, and they will play in the Premier League for the second time in the last decade. They participated in the top tier in the 2009-10 season, but were relegated immediately. Nicknamed the Clarets, BFC wears the same colors as Aston Villa and West Ham United, so get used to being even more confused every weekend.
The Foxes play in King Power Stadium, which is northeast of Birmingham. A former mainstay of the Premier League, they fell down to League One in 2008. They have new owners that have promised to bring in big names to help them get to the top three in the league. If they keep their promise, Leicester City could be in the top half of the table sooner rather than later.
Queens Park Rangers
Back to the top tier of English football after a season down in the Championship League, Harry Redknapp’s club should be one of the lower table teams once again. Rumor is that Loic Remy will be gone by August, and the Loftus Road club is definitely not going to content for anything big.
The World Cup may be over soon, but come mid-August, check out the Premier League for a season of exciting and tumultuous football.