EPL 2013/14 - The season that could change everything!
Aug 23, 2013
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EPL 2013/14 - The season that could change everything!

Going by ESPN Star Sports' adverts these days, one would be inclined to believe that MS Dhoni will spend the next 40 weekends just like 20 million other Indians and billions worldwide – holed up in front of the TV, watching the 'The Greatest Show On Earth' or the English Premier League.
This year's campaign starts with six teams who have the ability to win the title and absolutely no idea which clubs might find themselves in a relegation scrap. The EPL is here — and going by the results of the opening weekend, when as many as 9 games resulted in wins, it promises to be the most exciting season you'll ever see.
Lets look at the main results from the opening weekend
Liverpool 1-0 Stoke City - Liverpool started their campaign without Luis Suarez, who sat in the stands. It took a while for Liverpool to score as they found Asmir Begovic in superb form who ended up saving 10 shots. However, it was Daniel Sturridge who grabbed the first goal of the EPL 2013-14 season with his 37th minute strike. Stoke City almost snatched a win in the final minutes of the match when Daniel Agger handled the ball and a penalty was awarded to Stoke, but Simon Mignolet was the hero of the match when he kept Walter's shot out and kept a rebound from Jones' out to win the match for Liverpool.
Liverpool 1-0 Stoke City - Liverpool started their campaign without Luis Suarez, who sat in the stands. It took a while for Liverpool to score as they found Asmir Begovic in superb form who ended up saving 10 shots. However, it was Daniel Sturridge who grabbed the first goal of the EPL 2013-14 season with his 37th minute strike. Stoke City almost snatched a win in the final minutes of the match when Daniel Agger handled the ball and a penalty was awarded to Stoke, but Simon Mignolet was the hero of the match when he kept Walter's shot out and kept a rebound from Jones' out to win the match for Liverpool.
Swansea City 1-4 Manchester United – One of the most anticipated match the weekend, David Moyes did not fail to deliver and stood up to the long stranded legacy of Sir Alex Ferguson and proved to his critics that he was the right man for the job. Goals came in the form of braces from RVP and Danny Welbeck who scored on either sides of the half time whistle. However, Swansea City got a consolation goal when Wilfried Bony scored in the 82nd minute. Many have already started deeming RVP's goal as "goal of the season" material.
Chelsea 2-0 Hull City – First half goals from Oscar and Frank Lampard saw Chelsea to a brilliant start to their campaign with a new "old" manager. "The Special One", Jose Mourinho back to his old hunting ground. It took only 7 minutes for Chelsea to grab the first goal with Oscar poking a Kevin De Bruyne pass under McGregor's dive. The second goal came in the form of a Frank Lampard ferocious freekick from 30-yard that dipped over the visiting goalkeeper
Manchester City 4-0 Newcastle United – The blue side of Manchester kick started their new campaign in some style when they over-powered Newcastle United with 4 goals which gave a perfect start to their new manager, Manuel Pellegrini. Goals from Silva, Aguero, Touré and Nasri sealed the deal for City's opening fixture.
Managers don't win matches, players win matches. Managers may choose the players and the tactics but they don't score goals or make tackles. So put this chatter about new managers for the top 3 teams to rest. For United, RvP is in top form but the drama with Rooney will surely be distracting. City are massively rich club and have the best squad on paper, Jesus Navas will be signing of the season. Chelsea, probably are, the only exception to the manager rule. Arsenal really needs to put some money down and sign somebody, anybody, BIG - signing rookies isn't really working and Wenger really needs to understand that. All the talk about Bale and his "upcoming" 93 million euro transfer to Real Madrid will definitely be a kick in the teeth for the Spurs and their campaign preparations.
Having discussed the top games of the opening weekend, let us be as bold enough to talk about predicting the top and the bottom teams for this season made exciting by lack of old faces and a massive influx of new managers.
Predictions for the Top 5 finishes
The top 3 will be tight and loveless battle between the two Manchester teams and Chelsea, with United as the favorite, even with a new gaffer and an unsettled Rooney. City with their deep pockets and a wily manager would finish 2nd. Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal will round things up for the 3rd, 4th and the 5th spot respectively.
Predictions for the Bottom 3 teams (Relegation zone)
There will hardly be any surprises to find Stoke City, Crystal Palace and Hull City at the bottom at the ladder and thereby an unceremonious exit to the Championship plate.
Prediction for the Underdogs, with the ability to shock and stun even the mighty
Swansea and Liverpool. The formal because of their amazing season last year and the kind of joyful football the Welsh club plays. The latter because of their former glory and also because of Stevie G, Coutinho & Sturridge.

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