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No one can catch champs United

It is no secret that English Premiership football is massive in Bermuda and has many followers. With the season merely a few weeks in you can already get a sense of what lies ahead.

The transfer deadline ended on Wednesday night so teams can now focus on the season with their respective squads. This season is going to be highly entertaining and as always I will share my thoughts on the teams competing for first place and those fighting to avoid relegation.

Last season's Premiership race was one of the closest in recent times as teams scrambled to avoid the drop right up until the last minutes of the season. I predict it will be no different this year. Very little separates the teams in respect of the caliber and quality of the players within the teams, setting the season up to be a thriller.

With three teams to be relegated it seems simple to just assume that those just promoted would be favorites to take the drop, but not this time around.

Those teams have already shown that they can compete with the best of clubs. However, it is highly unlikely that they can all avoid relegation. Therefore my picks for the drop are Wigan, Queen's Park Rangers and Blackburn Rovers. This may surprise many, but looking at Swansea and Norwich it is apparent that they have what it takes to survive.

Clubs like Everton, Sunderland, West Bromwich and Fulham could also be drawn into this battle if they are not careful, but with their experienced coaching staff, survival should be in their favour.

At the other end of the table is where everybody will be looking.

Can any team overthrow Manchester United, or will they continue their dominance of English football for yet another season? Without being biased I have to say I cannot see a team deep enough in quality that can test Manchester United.

As champions they have more than just the 11 players on the field. The depth of their squad compensates for injuries and suspensions, thus keeping their squad strong throughout the season.

Chelsea knows all too well about injuries, as their slide last season around Christmas was directly attributed to a few injuries, thus exposing the depth or lack of within their team. Chelsea is a different team without Essien and Lampard.

So the team that has enough quality in depth stands the best chance of winning the Premiership, hence the reason why I cannot see anybody defeating Manchester United. Derby rivals Manchester City should come a close second. I hate to say it but Liverpool look like they have grown in stature and are my pick for third with Chelsea dropping down two places to finish fourth.

Manchester United are also assisted by the brilliance of Sir Alex Ferguson. He wins half of United's games for them through pure genius, tactics and team selection. He mentally gets into managers heads prior to games giving him the upper hand psychologically.

In addition to that he breeds young players into his team and rarely changes the core of his team. Young United players Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverly have been in incredible form, and the inclusion of Ashley Young and Phil Jones has really taken United to a new level.

Manchester City look like the biggest threat to Manchester United with the likes of Dzeko and Aguero already striking up a formidable partnership, one can only wonder what happens if and when Tevez and Balotelli get going. The inclusion of Nasri recently to play along side David Silva is a dream pairing.

The big problem City has is keeping all their big stars happy. Can Mancini manage all those egos and superstar personalities? If he can and they can gel as a team this could be their year.

Liverpool have improved tremendously under Kenny Daglish. He has inspired them to play with more zest and heart. Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll form an unbelievable strike force, which should produce many goals. Daglish has also strengthened his midfield giving his team more creativity, something Liverpool was sadly lacking.

Daglish has strengthened his backline bringing in two or three players, but if there is a weakness in their team it is the depth of their squad. How will they manage with injuries to a few key positions?

Falling down the ladder in comparison to last year are Chelsea. Chelsea are just not gelling enough to win the title. They seem like they are playing as individuals instead of a team.

Frank Lampard is slowly aging and already with Michael Essien being out they just don't look like the same forceful team. With new signing Juan Mata one can expect more flair and creativity, plus some youthful legs. Chelsea have a squad full of superstars, and on their day can beat any team in the Premiership. They are their own worst enemy. If they can stay together as a unit they could be a very dangerous squad.

Then we have Arsenal and Tottenham who are the two teams capable of breaking into the big four. Arsenal have gone crazy in the market buying a host of players after their humiliating defeat to Manchester United. In Arsene Wenger they have a superb coach who knows what it takes to play at the top level. It is just a matter of time before he gels this team together and gets them playing quality football again.

As for Tottenham, now that Luka Modric is staying they can now focus on football. The thought of Modric leaving to play for Chelsea has been a massive distraction to Tottenham since the start of the new season.

Buying Scott Parker from West Ham will add some steel to their midfield, but they are still lacking in certain areas. Harry Redknapp tried to get Gary Cahill to strengthen the heart of his defence, but failed to get him. On a brighter note they did get Emmanuel Adebayor who should bring them an abundance of goals, thus making them a constant threat going forward.

Outside of those teams the rest of the Premiership are just playing for position. However, every year there is a surprise team and my surprise team this year are Wolves. Wolves struggled last year, but lost several games by the odd goal. Having signed Roger Johnson in the summer from Birmingham has already helped to mend a leaky defence.

While at the other end of the field Kevin Doyle and Matt Jarvis are wreaking havoc on defences. This Wolves team are going to be hard to beat. Don't be surprised if you see them finish in the top eight.

The Premiership continues to thrive as more and more international players continue to flock to England, the best league in the world. The big question is can he and United be stopped? It is going to take a very special team to overthrow this United team as they look to dominate English football for the next decade.

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Published September 02, 2011 at 10:00 am (Updated September 01, 2011 at 8:58 pm)

No one can catch champs United

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