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09/10 EPL: A Season Like Never Before?

In Soccer on November 24, 2009 at 6:50 am

Just three months into another season of the English Premier league, and it has been mouth watering to say the least. A lot of hype had surrounded the start of this season. Can United cope with the loss of Tevez and Ronaldo? Will this be the year when Liverpool break their 20 year old draught? Or the money flowing from the oil wells of Dubai (Source of Man city funds) break open the walls for an entry into the top four? So far from the look of it, nothing has been answered.

While the focus has been primarily on the above mentioned clubs, Chelsea have quietly taken top spot. Ancelotti has found a way to make Drogba and Anelka play together. And this is paying him rich dividends. The Ivory coast striker is in the form of his life and will be keen to make amends for the last few seasons.  But surely they cannot take any thing for granted, ’cause a United side (with or without CR9) is a force to reckon with.

The odds definitely are favouring Chelsea, but only a fool will write off United’s chances. Both  the teams must spend in the January transfer window. United must find a playmaker in the midfield.The kind who can change a tight game, the ones that happen between the top clubs. All said and done, it is going to be Wayne Rooney (Remember the name) who is critical to the hopes of both United and England.

Liverpool are not going to win the league. End of discussion. The most they can hope for is a 4th place finish, which I highly doubt. Apart from City, you have Aston Villa and Tottenham gunning for the coveted Champions league spot. It is going to be a battle to watch out for.

That leaves us with just one of the so-called ‘ Top Four’ teams. Yeah, you have guessed it right, Arsenal. What of this team? It is called the Barcelona of England. But, five fruitless years has left their fans in tears. They have in their ranks the signing of the season, so far, Vermaelen. A tough uncompromising defender, who apparently has a knack of scoring goals too. Provided they have an injury free squad, Arsenal have it in them to finally get the trophy back to London. Wenger will be hoping that, this year, his boys become men.

United lost points to Burnley, Chelsea to Wigan, Arsenal to Sunderland and Liverpool have lost them everywhere. Its results like these that make this season a unique, unpredictable and exciting one.  The season is in its infancy and it can only get better. I hope, come May’10, I would not have to eat my words.

A friend of mine once compared the league to the epic series ‘MAHABHARATH’. Well, the battle has truly begun!