Friday, August 17, 2012

TSB's Mini EPL Preview

No time for those long-winded, overblown team previews? Don't worry, TSB's Mini EPL Preview is short and to the point. It's also short on quality, but hey, you can't have everything…

Man City
Having improved his short game, Tevez could finally be ready to form a fine partnership with Agüero. But last season showed City's reliance on Touré and Kompany, so, regardless of FFP, not buying Javi Martinez seems dumb.

Man U
With Vivic back, Fatman and Robin could lead a free-scoring rampage back to the top. Or RVP could return to type, pick up an injury, leaving ManU's lack of strength in the middle to cost them. Again, should have bought Martinez.

While Cazorla looks a great buy, Gooners will have their fingers crossed about Poldolski or Giroud. But I suppose there's always that watertight defence to fall back on. Really should have bought Martinez.

Vertonghen should do well, but they'll need a replacement for Modric and a striker. That'll make two more players for AVB to piss off then.

They've kept Ba while continuing their policy of snapping up excellent players for next to nothing. Another exciting season beckons.

Cunningly, loads of cash has been spent on players who may need some time to show their quality. Time enough for Di Matteo to fail and Guardiola to be hired?

Hard to get excited about the coming season when your major summer signing is a guy you loaned out last year. But when was the last time Toffees fans were excited be the coming season?

Can Allen get Saurez the ball, or will Henderson, Downing and Carroll get in the way?

Everyone loves Fulham: attractive soccer, classic ground and Martin Jol, the man for whom the word jovial was created. But if Dempsey and Dembele go, especially at such a late date, things could get sticky.

The sensible acquisitions of Clark, Foster, Yacob and Rosenberg should make for another sensible season.

Without Rodgers and Allen it's hard to see a repeat of last season's success. But new boys Laudrup and Michu should keep the Swan's vision of entertaining football alive.

Kept Grant Holt but not Paul Lambert. Fans will be hoping Chris Hughton can stop a case of second season syndrome. Doubtful.

Up to now they've brought in Louis Saha and Carlos Cuéllar. Mackem excitement will be in overdrive. If they bring in Fletcher for 15m it will hold no bounds.

Pulis will be thankful there's no Europa League this year hindering his efforts to brutally secure mid table safety while boring everyone in the process.

Can Roberto Martinez pull of another miracle and keep the Latics up? Hopefully.

Aston Villa
After last season's doom, Lermer could have brought in The Grim Reaper and fans would still be upbeat. That said, its difficult to believe it wont be another tough year.

Good value for money signings like Green, Park and Hoilett, combined with a decent manager, should see an improved season. But if Barton goes, who'll provide the charm?

West Ham
Lacking a quality striker, the Hammers look a touch lightweight up front. Could Modibo Maïga surprise, or is it time for Kevin Nolan to give Andy Carroll another call?

Fans will be praying the Saints can be this year's Norwich, but it'll need a lot of prayer. The club have faith that the best from the Championship, Rodriguez and Sharp, can work their miracles in the EPL.

Hard to be optimistic. Mariappa is meant to be half decent. Pogrebnyak scored the odd goal for Fulham. Ian Harte was good for Leeds about half a century ago. So they'll probably fine.

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