Countdown to the new Premier League season starts now

Welcome everyone to Betclic’s sparkling new blog. This will be your destination for all the best previews and betting tips from now until the end of the forthcoming Premier League season and beyond. Every week we will strive to bring you the most up-to-date coverage of the best league in the world, and we will also be looking over to Italy, Spain and of course the Champions League.

 

So with just 10 days to to go to the start of the new Premier League season, make sure you bookmark us and follow us on Twitter (@BetclicUK) to keep up with all our coverage. And we begin today, with a look at the how the summer has affected the top five teams in the league.

 

Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea have all had different summer and while the champions and their city neighbours have been surprisingly quiet, the London trio has been involved in some of the biggest transfers in and around Europe. So lets make our way down from the champions.

 

Manchester City

Who would have thought that Man City of all the teams would be watching their balance-sheets this summer? The Citizens may have spent money by the bucket loads in seasons past, but so far their purse strings have been tightly tied.

 

They have been linked with a move for Arsenal’s Robin van Perise, but coach Roberto Mancini just recently played down the possibility of the Dutchman’s arrival at the Etihad. Instead it has been suggested that the Italian has been asked to get rid of the excess baggage at the club before thinking of new arrivals.

 

It would be interesting to see what City do in the coming few days, with a FA Community Shield clash to be played against Chelsea this Sunday, they will already be in full flow of their preparations. Will the champions swoop in late and make a few key acquisitions?

 

Manchester United

City’s counterparts and the team that had the Premier League title in their grasp till the 93rd minute of last season haven’t changed much either. The Red Devils signed Shinji Kagawa from Borussia Dortmund, the Korean does add versatility to their midfield, there have been no other notable acquisitions.

 

United have been locked in see-saw negotiations for Brazilian starlet Lucas Moura. But with new stories popping up every day linking him to either Inter Milan or Paris Saint Germain, the chances of him landing up at Old Trafford are anything but certain.

 

Off the pitch is where the news has really been for Manchester United with an IPO due to be out soon. However, they will be active between now and the end of August so whether it is signing Lucas, or even stealing Van Persie from Arsenal, one can expect a few new Red Devils.

 

Arsenal

There has been much speculation surrounding the future of star striker Robin Van Persie this summer, after the Dutchman signaled his intention to not renew his contract with the club. However, Arsene Wenger has wasted little time in building a squad capable of challenging for trophies.

 

Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski have been joined at the Emirates by Santi Cazorla, with several other names also linked with a move to north London. Wenger has faced fierce criticism in recent years, but will be determined as ever to end the Gunners’ eight year trophy drought.

 

It will be a big year for the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who will undoubtedly be pushing for a place in the starting line-up, and with new faces arriving, Arsenal fans will also be keen to see the return of Jack Wilshere later in the season.

 

Chelsea

Fresh from their Champions League winning campaign, Chelsea will start the new season as genuine title contenders after spending lavishly this summer. Despite the loss of Didier Drogba, newly appointed full-time manager Roberto Di Matteo will be quietly optimistic of their chances this season.

 

Eden Hazard, Marko Marin and Oscar have been added to a squad already boasting the likes of Torres, Mata and Lampard, with the young Brazilian catching the eye of many during the Olympics as Brazil go in search of a gold medal.

 

The Blues’ will be hoping to compete on all fronts as they go in search of their first league title since the 2009/10 season, while aiming for more domestic silverware they will also be determined to defend their European crown after their magical night in Munich in May.

 

Tottenham

Despite a fourth placed finish last season, Harry Redknapp’s tenure at the club came to an end earlier this summer, and he was replaced with Portuguese tactician Andre Villas-Boas. The former Chelsea boss had a torrid time in his first Premier League experience, but will be hoping for happier times at White Hart Lane.

 

Spurs’ have been particularly shrewd in their summer transfer market business thus far, bringing in Gyulfi Sigurdsson and Jan Vertonghen from Hoffenheim and Ajax respectively. However, having released several players they will be keen to add more numbers to the squad.

 

Gareth Bale continues to shine in pre-season, and the Welshman will be integral once more to his club’s ambitions of qualifying for the Champions League. With Luka Modric’s future pointing towards a move away from north London, there may well be more transfer movement ahead of the new season.

07/08/2012 - posted by Varun - Betclic
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