Thought it might be interesting to predict the final table for next season, then at the end compare them and see who came closest.
Anyone else interested?
2 Man Utd
4 Man City
13 West Brom
15 Aston Villa
Struggled a bit with the bottom of the table - I think any of the eight I have there are realistic contenders to go down - not terribly convinced by any of the promoted teams but Norwich look like a decent, attacking outfit and this could be the year Wigan run out of luck. I think Villa will be around the bottom places for most of the year, but McLeish's uber-defensiveness should see them safe.
As Spurs found, CL is a massive commitment for a team not used to it, which is why I've got us, with only really the league to focus on, moving ahead of City. Hopefully the EL will be a similar drain on Spurs.
In truth, I think Liverpool, Arsenal and Man City will all finish within a few points of each other, so really my prediction is 10% logic, 90% optimism. It could make a difference who Arsenal sign with Nasri, Clichy and Cesc money... but if they hang onto two players who want to leave, could be very detrimental.
United will be stronger for the players they're recruited and are looking to recruit, imo, but I really think AVB will make Chelsea the team to beat.
Fulham will have a good season under Jol, Sunderland's squad is looking stronger, Everton always do pretty well, and the likes of Stoke, Newcastle, Bolton and West Brom will all be safely midtable.