As we approach the next round of Premier League matches this weekend, it is clear that many new players in many of the teams have not yet settled down which makes for uncertainty in predicting any of the results.
No longer can fans be heard to say with confidence that their team is going to ‘win easily’ this weekend, because there are no longer any ‘easy’ games.
I was watching Match of the Day a fortnight ago, and was impressed to see many players who were new to the league performing very well, and many of them were playing for teams who are not considered to be in the big four or five clubs.
This fills me with confidence because I think that for too long certain teams have dominated the top end of the League, and it would be nice if for once teams outside the list of ‘usual suspects’ would break in to the top four, and cause a monumental upset.
I also think that this would keep the game interesting, and give the top teams something to think about. Newcastle nearly made it last season, and will be close again, and it is looking like Everton are capable of challenging strongly, and finished in the top four way back in 2005.
I also think that a lot of the clubs have now got some very competent managers, Sam Allardyce of West Ham for example, who could show the so-called ‘top teams’ a thing or two, and I personally hope that they do.
The top teams are too complacent, and it would show them that success is down to more than just spending money.
The ingredients for a very absorbing season are all there - the greatest show on earth is really about to resume, and here’s hoping that football fans everywhere enjoy it…
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