Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Battle of London’s clubs - who’ll finish highest?



Next season is already shaping up to be the most interesting one in years in the Premier League and with the amount of changes that have occurred during the off-season, it’s no surprise that most of us have started our predictions rather early. Let’s exclude the Manchester clubs from the equation for a little bit and ask ourselves the question: which one of the London clubs is going to finish highest in the league?

With both Manchester clubs under new management regimes, it’s no wonder that Chelsea have been spoken of as favorites to win the title and are being placed at 1/3 to finish as the top London club. But if betting’s your game, then surely placing one on Arsenal at 7/2 is a better call as the London team to finish highest in the league. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they will win the league - though this is their best chance in ages - but that they will finish above Chelsea, Tottenham, Fulham, West Ham and Crystal Palace.

Considering that Arsene Wenger is now the longest-serving manager in the Premier League, there is no other manager in the league with his know-how. He has a significant advantage over other managers in league. David Moyes has the toughest job in football history; Manuel Pelligrini’s new to English football and will need time to fit in; the return of Jose Mourinho will definitely boost Chelsea’s chances of lifting the trophy, but Mourinho today is a different beast to what he once was and so is the Premier League. He will have a huge challenge on his hands and with rumors of numerous changes about to occur at the club, it might be an uncertain season for the “Special One”.

Tottenham’s entire summer seems to have been spent trying to persuade Gareth Bale to stay at the club rather than strengthen their squad. They’ve let David Villa slip from beneath their grasp and have brought in Paulinho - a player who is unproven in Europe and a signing based purely on what AVB wants, rather than what he needs - whereas in truth they need a striker and some depth in their squad.

So it kind of makes it a good reading for Arsenal. Knowing that Chelsea are the favorites to finish as the highest placed London club, surely betting on Arsenal to do so is the more lucrative bet. Arsenal are ready to spend, they had a great finish to their season at the back end of last year and they seem better equipped and positioned to finish above Chelsea and Totteham than ever. Wenger might “know” after all.

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