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Sunday, 11 August 2013

Dave Disciascio's predictions for 2013/14


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The Premier League season is just days away and we at Squarefootball are getting ready by staring into our crystal balls and predicting our winners and losers for the season ahead.

We've already had Mitch Waddon predict title glory for Manchester City while Jim Barry has plumped for Jose Mourinho to seal his return with the title, but today it's the turn of me, Squarefootball's Liverpool reporter Dave Disciascio. Who do I think will be cracking open the Champagne and who will be drowning their sorrows come May? 

Well here you have it!

Who will win the Premier League?

I would bet on Manchester City, but Chelsea are in with a good shout. City have vastly outspent their rivals while also appointing a fantastic manager in Manuel Pellegrini (you would correctly read that as a slight against now unemployed Roberto Mancini); so the Citizens should be much improved. As for the Blues, Mourinho is back! And he should have the old guard and talented youngsters pushing for another title.

City championsAnd oh my, the reigning champions. United haven’t spent a dime, and have lost their living legend manager … well, at least their star striker gets on great with their new manager. Oh wait ...

Who will finish in the top four?

Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham.

City should claim the title purely based on their amazing squad, but they also have a fantastic manager to boot, and Chelsea with Mourinho could do something Special (see what I did there?!).

While I expect Moyes to acclimate slowly, it would be hard to do worse than third with that squad.

Finally, Tottenham should pip Arsenal and Liverpool to fourth. AVB and Spurs have recruited smartly, acquiring quality players and securing a stronger squad than their rivals.

Who will be relegated from the Premier League? 

Stoke City, Crystal Palace and Hull City.

I just do not think Mark Hughes can manage. Thus relegation. Crystal Palace lost their best player in Zaha and should lose a lot of games as well: relegation. Unfortunately for Hull, most promoted clubs have a hard go of it in the Premier League and I think that trend continues here.

Who will end the season as the Premier League's top scorer? 

RvP, Bale, Suarez? None of them! RvP injury troubles return this year, Bale plays in Spain and Suarez pouts with poor form. So your golden boot winner is Tottenham's new boy Roberto Soldado. The man is so good he actually makes the Spanish national team consider playing with a striker.

Who will win the FA Cup?

Jose MourinhoChelsea. The Blues have an immensely deep squad, while I’m sure Mourinho will be eager to claim silverware as quickly as possible.

Who will win the League Cup?

Fulham. Because, well, why not? They certainly won’t be focusing on the league.  

Who will win the Champions League? 

Either Barcelona or Real Madrid. Both Spanish giants already boasted just sensational squads AND THEY ADDED. Neymar, Isco, and possibly Bale arriving in Spain means these clubs should be favourites against anyone.

Who will win the Europa League?

A very hard tournament to predict, but as of right now I would tip Fiorentina. The Italian team has added very well this summer and should be very strong. But in all honesty, if any of the Champions League late arrivals actually care, they should claim the title.

Who will win promotion from the Championship?

Leeds United, QPR and Wigan.

It may be foolish to think QPR and their band of temperamental clowns/players will achieve anything, but I do believe in Harry Redknapp. While Wigan do have a great young squad that should get them back. As for Leeds, surely it's time they were back in the top flight.

Who will win promotion from League One?

Swindon Town, MK Dons and Sheffield United.

Who will win promotion from League Two? 

Chesterfield, Northampton Town, Burton Albion and the play-offs could see anyone take that final spot.

Who will finish first and second in the Scottish Premiership?

Celtic and Stuart McCall's Motherwell.

Who will win the Scottish Cup?

Rangers.

Who will win the Scottish League Cup?

Celtic.

Well those are my picks for success and misery this season. Do you agree? Whatever your views, I'd love to hear from you.

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