The wait is over. Saturday August 16th signals the return of the best league in the world.
Sure, the World Cup was very entertaining. Yes, that fella from Costa Rica had a quare lep on him. Rodriguez was easy on the eye. And Germany were good value for the win.
But it just wasn’t the Premiership. It didn’t touch the footballing soul that Manchester United v Liverpool does. Or Spurs v Arsenal. Or City v United. You get the picture.
And now you can be there in the flesh to support your favourite teams without all the hassle of haggling for match tickets or trying to find a nearby hotel. Abbey Travel’s English Premier League Packages will do all the hard work for you. You just have to arrange your flight or ferry and leave the rest to us.
So as the new season kicks off read on to find out all we have to look forward to.
Looking forward to the premiership season
We agree with Jose Mourinho (for a change!). The Special One commented recently on how we should cherish the Premiership more. No other league has the same depth. Yes, La Liga has outstanding quality at the very top, but it will probably turn into the usual two-horse race this season.
Outside the Premiership, no other major league in the world has seven or eight teams in with a shout of Champions League football and five teams that can actually win the league.
City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, United, Spurs and Everton. Three of these teams will not have Champions League football when it’s all over. That’s the Premiership difference. In particular, one of the big five of City, United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal will miss out.
Will United comeback this season?
Will the Louis van Gaal feel-good factor inspire a United comeback this season? Or is the lack of quality in the squad going to mean it takes a couple of transfer windows? They may only be friendlies, but five wins in their first five games against top international teams mean that when United kick off their season at home to Swansea, they will be feeling confident.
Jose Mourinho is also feeling confident that Cesc Fabregas is the missing link that will give him the tactical flexibility to play whatever formation he chooses. With the spiritual boost of Didier Drogba’s return and Diego Costa giving them the firepower they lacked last season, Chelsea’s challenge will be formidable.
Can Liverpool make a strong start?
Liverpool will have to make changes from last season to cope with the departure of their talismanic goal scorer Luis Suarez. With seven new arrivals and more rumoured to be on the way, can Liverpool integrate them quickly enough to get off to another strong start?
Glen Johnson pointed out recently that they made a fantastic start to last season without Suarez. A home game against a much-depleted Southampton team should get them off to a good start.
Will Arsenal build on their FA Cup win?
Arsenal have finally ended their trophy drought with their FA Cup win, some consolation for their inability to sustain their title challenge despite leading the league at Christmas. Wenger has added depth with the signatures of Alexis Sanchez, David Ospina, Joel Campbell (who had an excellent World Cup) and teenager Calum Chambers.
Will the imminent loss of Vermaelen and Sagna hurt them? If so, it’s unlikely to be in the first weekend, when they host Crystal Palace at the Emirates.
What about Man City, Everton and Spurs?
Champions Manchester City have been relatively quiet on the transfer front, Bacary Sagna being their only significant signing. However, they seem to have got a good outcome to the bizarre Yaya Toure birthday cake saga and they remain the squad with most proven premiership depth and goal scoring threats.
Everton and Spurs will top the list of outside chances, but the winner will almost certainly come from of the big five.
Along the way, there will be more drama than Coronation Street, more tension than a Hitchcock classic and more twists than a fifties dance hall.
Thank God it’s back!
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