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|From mirror.co.uk - Bale back in his Saints days|
Being realistic, though, I'll pick Chelsea to win, followed by Man City and then Spurs. Moyes has been giving 'Oh my word, I'm scared' vibes (as noted by Football365) and Man Utd still look flaky in centre midfield. But have Arsenal or Liverpool got enough to challenge them? I'm not convinced, even if Liverpool keep Suarez. Actually. I reckon Liverpool might be better off without Suarez. He's a great player, for sure, but when he plays everything goes through him; it seems most of the other players take a metaphorical step back and leave Suarez to work his magic. I saw a couple of Liverpool's games late last season when Suarez was banned and they were great, full of purpose and creativity. So I won't weep if he swans off to Madrid or wherever.
Anyway, here's my prediction for the top six:
[Bit of a gap]
And then... Southampton for seventh place! It's a bold prediction, I know, but I really can't see any other team nailed on to finish ahead of the Saints. Perhaps Swansea; and I'd be happy with that as they play beautiful football and just seem like a nice, likeable club. West Brom maybe; Norwich have spent quite a lot of money quite well, I think; Everton will struggle at first with Roberto 'My defences are always as leaky as a sieve' Martinez; and who else is there? So, yes, Saints for seventh. [Prepares to eat humble pie next Spring]