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English Premier League 2009-10 Season
Posted By Diego | Soccer News | August 20, 2009, 09:01 AM |
Will 2009-10 season finally see the break up of the Big Four?
The 2009/2010 English Premier League isn't even a week old and already it is proving to be very interesting. Since the end of last season, people have been indulging in football betting on how this season of football would turn out. Will the "Big Four" retain their iron grip on English football and the Champions League spots, or can another club finally manage to finish in the top four? Which stars will continue to contribute on the field? Who will drop off? Who will break out? One thing is for sure, the 2009/10 season has the potential to be one of the most interesting in English football in recent memory.
Real Madrid's big spending may have been the biggest story in football news internationally, but in England Manchester City was the team making waves and grabbing headlines. City, backed by their ownership group's trillion dollar fortune, are seeking to buy their way into the top four in the league and break up the dominance of the "Big Four" clubs, Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, and Liverpool. Football betters in England seem to see a lot of upside with Manchester City who used their immense wealth to improve their team while the "Big Four" were relatively quiet. Man U lost football's best player in Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid, Arsenal sold striker Emmanuel Adebayor to Manchester City, and Liverpool saw a midfield pillar in Xabi Alonso jump ship for Real Madrid. Chelsea added only Yuri Zhirkov while losing no significant players. Aside from Chelsea, none of the "Big Four" added any big name additions to fill roster holes, opening the door for City and its new additions to challenge their dominance atop the table.
Manchester City is not the only club however that has the potential to disrupt the dominance at the top of the table. City is certainly the front runner, but other teams have improved from within and their growth could be rewarded with a top four finish. Harry Redknapp has Tottenham Hotspur on the rebound and they could be a dangerous force throughout the season, especially after getting off to a solid start with a 2-1 victory over Liverpool. Everton, despite a horrific 6-1 loss to Arsenal to begin the season, have been steadily improving the past few seasons and could also work their way into the top of the table.
Those fans who are big into fantasy football might want to keep an eye on a few players with new homes. Emmanuel Adebayor and Roque Santa Cruz are intriguing and dangerous additions to a Manchester City attack that already features Robinho and Craig Bellamy. Their addition gives City lots of options up top. If the preseason is any judge, Chelsea's Frank Lampard looks poised to have another 20 goal season. After two goals in round one, Didier Drogba appears ready to justify his new three year deal with the club. Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard will be expected to carry the load for Liverpool, while Demitar Berbatov and Robin Van Persie will have higher expectations from their respective clubs as they look to replace lost offense.
In the end, don't be surprised if the "Big Four" continue their dominance over the league, but they will be challenged. Manchester United is far from a lock to bring home a fourth straight title, but the Red Devils can never be counted out. One thing is certain, this season is sure to be one of the most exciting and thrilling seasons the Premier League has seen.