I’m taking a brief break from all the stats, % signs and radar charts to do a quick, simple season preview on what each Premier League team’s season will rely on.
Arsenal: Fewer injuries than last year, that an early season run doesn’t get their fans hopes up.
Aston Villa: That Benteke and Vlaar stay fit and on form for the season.
Burnley: A miracle, probably.
Chelsea: Diego Costa scoring goals.
Crystal Palace: That the new manager manages to pull off Tony Pulis’ end of season form
Everton: That signing players permanently that they had on loan last year works as a strategy.
Hull: That they don’t bomb. Otherwise they’re probably safe.
Leicester: That the proven Premier League calibre talent of the likes of David Nugent is enough to save them from the drop.
Liverpool: Their new signings to score and set up the 50-odd goals Suarez was involved in last year.
Manchester City: Remembering Yaya Toure’s birthday.
Manchester United: Ed Woodward, LVG, and as few injuries to the back line as possible.
Newcastle: That they get a more attractive first kit (this is my way of saying they won’t get relegated or anywhere near Europe, their season is essentially a dead rubber).
QPR: That their team gels in a way it didn’t the last time they were in the Premier League.
Southampton: Their fans not to mind that they’ll finish far below where they did last year.
Stoke: That, um, I dunno, that we don’t all forget they exist.
Sunderland: New signings, that there are 3 teams worse than them in the league.
Swansea: 1) Gary Monk proves to be a decent manager 2) Michu finds the form that put him in everyone’s fantasy football teams a couple of years ago (EDIT: That they recall him from his loan at Napoli and he finds the form etc etc) 3) That their official site loses the .net domain
West Brom: That their players get a morale and performance boost from the fact that they’ve narrowly avoided getting Tim Sherwood as boss.
West Ham: That they don’t sack Big Sam.