Bring It On! The Premiership Is Here Again


Finally, aficionados of the much-followed Premiership football have come alive with permutations about what the new 2016/17 season holds in stock for their beloved teams. Though many are still smarting from last season’s disappointments, England’s miserable Euro 2016 outing and gossips from the yet-to-be concluded transfer season, they all have one common chorus in their mouths: ‘Lets the hostilities begin! Already, there is already consensus among ardent EPL fans this League season will be one to remember with great expectations of superb displays from clubs, players and managers that will stick in the minds for ages. No doubt, the historic feat of title outsiders, Leicester City made nonsense of the ‘Big Four’ myth and thoroughly humiliated its exponents in the most incredible fashion ever witnessed in annals of English football So, having regrouped with some important new signings and executing robust overhaul in their management teams, the ‘Big Four’ fans are already up in arms shouting at the top of their voices: ‘Bring them on for the kill’ Expected to inject fresh impetus and exciting ideas into the Premiership League this season, Pep Guardiola of Manchester City and Antonio Conte of Chelsea will be facing stiff oppositions and expertise in some experienced hands and old order that include the caustic José Mourinho, Manchester United new Manager; Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger; Claudio Raneri of Champions Leicester City, Alan Pardew of Crystal Palace; Mark Hughes of Stoke City, Ronald Koeman of Everton; and Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool among others known names in the business. For those who insist that Leicester City’s fairy tale to the Premiership title last season is just once in almost a century occurrence, their money for title contenders stays glued to the traditional ‘Big Four’ of Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal in the order of favourites. These four top contenders have on their trail Tottenham, Liverpool and West Ham that are ranked title outsiders ahead of defending champions, Leicester City expected to finish eighth on the log when hostilities end in May 2017. Arguably, soccer pundits have opined that the Premiership is not the best league in the world in terms of success and collective ability. However, most commentators agree, “it is the most competitive – by a long stretch.” And quite interestingly, for the first time ever, there are about seven clubs that legitimately think and are laying claims that they can cart home the coveted English league title. All thanks to Leicester’s fantastic feat last season, the ‘we can also do it’ stake has become higher. So, the marathon is on already!

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