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Manager: David Moyes
Stadium Goodison Park
Team that has come a long way. Everton under David Moyes has become difficult to beat at home and seems that now they are held in the highest regard. They will be looking to take it one step further this year and despite the size and quality of their squad should never be underestimated. They hold the record for the longest stint in topflight football, 107 seasons.
Players to watch: Steven Pienaar, David Cahill, Louis Saha
Manager: Mark Hughes
Stadium: Craven Cottage
Nickname: The Cottagers
Under Roy Hodgson they were losing finalist in the Europa League. Very good team, also very tough to beat at home. See them in the first half of the log. Also see Mark Hughes coming under severe pressure. This may just define his coaching career.
Players to watch: Bobby Zamora, Damien Duff, Clint Dempsey
Manager: Roy Hodgson
Had a disappointing last season where they started as favorites and ended up….somewhere seventh. With the change of manager a sense of hunger has been injected into a somewhat depleted Liverpool outfit. They are dangerous and have the players well capable of doing the job. The only question is whether Roy will play the right players at the right time and in the right circumstances. This in my opinion has always been the downfall of Rafa Benitez.
Players to watch: Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres, Joe Cole
Manager: Roberto Mancini
Stadium: City of Manchester Stadium
Nickname: The Citizens
Big spending City can get it right this season if their players ego’s don’t get in the way. I still say Hughes should have been given the chance to continue but anyway…
Always dangerous. Only time will tell whether they can continue to play winning football week in, week out.
Players to watch: Carlos Tevez, Craig Bellamy, Shane Given
*Here I can write a resume, but to be fair let’s keep it sweet and short
Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson
Stadium: Old Trafford
Nickname: Red Devils.
Sir Alex will be looking to overhaul Liverpool this season. See them as favorites. Even though he has not spent a big amount of money in the transfer market yet, he has the ability to call on players when he needs them and his team’s adaptive nature has seen them reach success on many occasions.
Players to watch: Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez, Paul Scholes.
Manager: Chris Hughton
Stadium: St James Park
Back in the topflight after one season in the First Division, the Magpies has to prove this season that they are indeed on a comeback trail. A club with a huge following and some legends under it’s name, Newcastle needs to finish strong in order to regain some faith, lost with their relegation.
Players to watch: Leon Best, Andy Carrol, Kevin Nolan
Manager: Tom Pulis
Nickname: The Potters
A very unpredictable side at times, Stoke has shown that they can dance with the big dogs.
Players to watch: Kenwyne Jones, Ricardo Fuller