It’s the end of the year, we’re at the halfway point and it’s time for a few predictions.
Namely, one particular prediction to do with the destination of the Premier League title this year.
Chelsea won’t win it. Obviously. Even with Guus Hiddink at the helm, the deficit is too difficult to overcome.
Liverpool won’t win it. The Jurgen Klopp revolution is only just beginning, and although the German has started to effect a change at Anfield, they’re a long way behind. The former Dortmund man will need a couple of years to bring the right players for his system into the club; and even then, there’s no guarantee that they’ll be able to move on meaningfully from where they are.
United won’t win it. They’re playing abysmally and their manager’s about to shown the door. It’s just not happening.
Here comes the controversial one – Arsenal won’t win it. Why?
Well, they just lost 4-0 to Southampton. But it’s not just that. The Gunners just have this canny knack of screwing things up even when they’re in a strong position. These days it’s just in their DNA.
The reality is that their squad is still a little threadbare. Relying on Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott to score the goals that will fire them to Premier League glory is a risky strategy, whilst Arsene Wenger’s side are always an injury away from crisis.
Leicester won’t win it. They’ve been amazing, and they’ll continue to do well. But I’ll stick my neck out and say that they’re not going to last the distance.
Which leaves Manchester City. A good side, but not a vintage side. There are whispers that Pep Guardiola will be taking over at the Etihad in the summer of 2016, which indicates that Manuel Pellegrini will either be retiring or moving on. The Chilean has done a decent job at the Citizens, albeit with a sizeable transfer budget, but there is a sense that he’s taken them as far as he can.
But I still think they’ll win. Not because they’re incredible, but because there is, despite the competitiveness of this season, precious little competition for the title.
So that’s my prediction. City to win. I could be wrong, I could be right. Let’s find out in May.