Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea Fairly Predictable, Newcastle Not So

As the new season beckoned, we made our customary predictions about who would be where come the end of the season. Here's how we are doing.

1. Manchester United (We predicted 1st)

United are sitting top of the table, just like we predicted, and remain undefeated. The signing of Ashley Young and Phil Jones has paid off, and Rooney’s return to form is an added bonus for Alex Ferguson.

2. Manchester City (We predicted 4th)

The signing of Aguero and Nasri has inspired City to play some great attacking football.  They are close on Manchester United’s heel with just goal difference separating the teams at this stage. Shame about Tevez.

3. Chelsea (We predicted 2nd)

£50m Torres is a shadow of his former self at Liverpool, creating more headlines for his shocking misses than his skill. The slow start and the ageing squad has seen them struggle slightly, however, the coming of form of Daniel Sturridge and the signing of Juan Mata will see them through. 

4. Newcastle (We predicted 12th)

Gabriel Obertan has been a great signing for Newcastle United and his form, as well a the sturdy defence, has so far kept Newcastle fourth in the Premier League. The club is the division’s surprise package so far this season. 

5. Liverpool (We predicted 3rd)

A mixed start for Liverpool - some superb performances followed by some shocking defeats. The return of Gerrard, who has been missing so far, will surely help them find more consistent form. 

6. Tottenham (We predicted 7th)

A tough opening two fixtures against the two Manchester clubs, but with these out of the way Spurs are gaining momentum. The signing of Adebayor on loan this season seems to have been inspirational. 

7. Stoke City (We predicted 8th)

A solid start from a solid team. As predicted, they have performed well and the the signing of Crouch has given them an added edge. 

8. Aston Villa (We predicted 17th)

Aston Villa are undefeated in the Premier League so far this season with six points from four games, leaving them eighth in the table.  A solid start, but the lack of goals is a sign of them missing Ashley Young and Stewart Downing. The injury to Bent is another headache for the Manager. Becoming a bit of a 'draw specialist' too.

9. Norwich City (We predicted 20th)

After a shaky start, two wins in two has propelled them up the table. Has Lambert found a winning formula for one of the weaker squads in the division ? With two tough away fixtures coming up, Norwich will need to dig deep to keep maintain their current position. 

10. QPR (We predicted 18th)

The signing of Joey Barton and Shaun Wright-Phillips just before the transfer deadline has made QPR a strong Premiership team. They have the potential now to sit in the top half of the table for the rest of the season

11. Everton (We predicted 10th)

A mid-table position like, we predicted, seems to be on the cards for Everton. Manager David Moyes continues to perform miracles, and Chairman Bill Kenwright is praying for one. 

12. Wolverhampton Wanderers (We predicted 19th)

Wolves started strongly, but injury to Steven Fletcher has caused them to lose rhythm. One point from the last four games have seen them drop down the table. They need to return to form soon to avoid relegation

13. Arsenal (We predicted 5th)

Arsenal's shaky start has seen them grab the limelight for all the wrong reasons. The loss of Fabregas and Nasri has proven costly and many thought the signings of Arteta and Mertesacker would steady the ship but this hasn't been the case. Their latest 3-0 win against Bolton could be the turning point, but only time will tell 

14. Sunderland (We predicted 6th)

The selling of Gyan has resulted in a lack of fire-power up front. Is it time for Bruce to put his faith in new signings Wickham and Ji-Dong-Won ?  Brucie needs to rally the troops - and soon.

15. Wigan (We predicted 15th)

As predicted, Wigan are just staying afloat of the relegation zone. Losing the talismanic N’Zogbia to Villa and Rodallega's serious injury could seem them drop further though. 

16. Swansea (We predicted 16th)

Swansea has shown glimpses of the great attacking football that won them the promotion last season, but have proved lightweight against the big boys of the Premier League. What will their lack of experience cost them this season ?

17. Fulham (We predicted 11th)

Fulham seem to be this years draw specialists, with 4 draws out of 6 games. Having not won a game in the Premier League this season, they need to start turning one point into three to move up the table. Manager Martin Jol is well known for his slow starts at new clubs, and will get it right.

18. Blackburn Rovers (We predicted 14th)

Unfortunately for Blackburn one great result against Arsenal does not guarantee them safety.  Blackburn have managed to score in all but one premier league game this season, though, so if they can patch up their leaky defence they should be able to drag themselves out of the relegation zone.  

19. West Bromwich Albion (We predicted 13th)

Despite having an improved squad on last season, West Brom have been struggling. Could it be that they are suffering from second season syndrome, and that the other teams have worked out how to combat their attacking football ? Whatever the cause, Roy Hodgson needs to turn it around quickly. 

20. Bolton Wanderers (We predicted 9th)

Surely it's too early to be talking about Bolton as possible relegation candidates ? Manager Owen Coyle will certainly be hoping so. Bolton are currently at the bottom of the table, with just three points. However, with tough games against Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City out of the way, Bolton fans must be optimistic of putting a decent run together (perhaps after the visit to Stamford Bridge on Sunday). 





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