With all the changes, the incomings and outgoings this summer, the face of English football will look very different next season.
However, some things will likely remain the same…
1) Robin van Persie will score goals
Despite the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson and the potential departure of Wayne Rooney, Manchester United fans can rest assured of one thing at least: Robin van Persie will score goals - lots and lots of goals.
2) Luis Suarez will be banned for something
3) Gareth Bale will be Player of the Year
Whether he stays on at White Hart Lane or moves to another Premier League club, I fully expect Gareth Bale to have the best season of his career next term, without a shadow of a doubt.
4) Juan Mata will make the most assists
Chelsea’s most reliable maestro has been magnificent since he arrived at Stamford Bridge and, no matter who plays up front for Chelsea next term, the Spaniard will remain the Blues’ most influential player.
5) English clubs will under-perform in the Champions League
It’s very hard to imagine any of the Premier League’s top clubs presenting a genuine threat to the likes of Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, Barcelona and PSG next term, as depressing as that is.
6) Chelsea will sack a manager
Rafael Benitez will obviously be replaced – whether by Jose Mourinho or someone else, that is ‘a fact’. The Blues have had ten managers in ten years and I don’t see them changing the habit of a decade now.
7) Arsenal will not win a trophy but…
Sorry Gunners’ fans but even if Arsene Wenger spends his war-chest this summer, he’ll still have to rebuild his team again and there is still a lack of commitment from players in key positions that needs to be addressed.
8) …Arsenal will still finish above Spurs
However, I still think Arsenal will finish above Tottenham next term. Some things don’t change. Spurs need to add more quality and depth to their squad to genuinely shift the balance of power in North London.
9) Everton will lose their best players
David Moyes’ appointment as Sir Alex Ferguson’s replacement at Old Trafford will likely mean Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines will be sold elsewhere or be brought with him to United. However, the good news could be that if Roberto Martinez replaces him, he could bring some of Wigan’s best performers with him. Every cloud…
10) Liverpool will not make top-four
Brendan Rodgers will continue with his restructuring and reshaping process at Anfield but it won’t be enough to see off United, City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham who will, again, be competing for the top-four spots next term. The good news is that Everton will probably get thrown out of the mix following Moyes’ departure.