The Circus Comes To Town

This football season is starting with a dribble rather than a bang, with the Scots starting early, the Intertoto Cup and the Football League having already started. So… here’s my Premiership prediction. Partly based on FACT, and partly on wild and only partially rational dislike – and, as ever, likely to be proved utterly, utterly wrong over the course of the nest nine months. The teams are listed, obviously, in order of where I suspect they might finish. 1. Chelsea: With the ongoing saga of William Galas, the departure of Hernan Crespo, Frank Lampard’s poor World Cup and a ropey pre-season (including a defeat against an MLS All-Stars team that may have crocked Joe Cole for a few weeks), the close season hasn’t been terribly kind to Chelsea, but you’d still be foolish to bet against them to win the Premiership again this season. Their strength in depth and the fact that Arsenal and Manchester United have problems of their own will be enough to see them home. 2. Liverpool: There’s not much amongst the next three or four, but Liverpool were excellent towards the end of last season, and if they can get the best out of Craig Bellamy and Jermaine Pennant, I can’t see any reason why they shouldn’t break ahead of Manchester United and Arsenal for once. The only “big” club to have had a really...

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