The English Premier League Is Back

2014-08-16 07:15

Zareef Minty : The Premier League Is Back

Hazard, Costa, Gerrard, Aguero, Rooney and Sanchez

This season brings with it many changes; the familiar face of Luis Suarez is no more, with his big money move to Spanish giants FC Barcelona making most of the headlines over the last few weeks. We will see vanishing spray being used for the very first time in the EPL. The spray, which has been used for several seasons in the Brazilian and Argentine leagues, will also be used in next season's Champions League. It evaporates about a minute after being administered from a canister by the match official and helps prevent players from stealing ground at free-kicks.

This year Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea make up the five title contenders, where City and Chelsea are favourites to win this season’s premier league. With incredible squads that have depth in every single position, it is clear to see that the gap between the top 5 and the other 15 is expanding year after year. But this is the premier league,  where the team ranked 20th can easily outplay the team leading the premier league on their good day.

Personally being a massive Chelsea FC fan, I am extremely excited to see Drogba, Torres and Costa play in front of possibly the best midfield in the world with Oscar, Hazard, Cesc Fabregas, Ramires and Schürrle. There is so much to look forward to, Van Gaal, the introduction of the new boys Leicester City, Burnley and Queens Park Rangers and Liverpool without Suarez.

The club transfers didn’t stop as yet; I still expect a large amount of business to be done by clubs like Manchester United, Arsenal and Crystal Palace, where I believe David Moyes will become the next manager. Manchester United could sign Di Maria within the next week, while Petr Cech will be heading out of Stamford Bridge. We could also see the Matt Hummels join Arsenal at the Emirates.

South Africa and the PSL have a lot to learn from the EPL if we want to do well in the next World Cup. We cannot do what Barcelona did in Spain during the 2010 season and what Bayern Munich did in Germany during the 2014 season. We need to follow what happens in the EPL and in other European leagues where their players say from a certain European country scatter into various world class leagues to develop and grow. I would love to see Simphiwe Tshabalala in an AC Milan jersey, Teko Modise in a Galatasaray jersey and Khune at Liverpool. These players need to grow and develop and unless through extreme intervention our South African clubs need to become more competitive, the PSL in a great league but compared to the African continent and globally we are still behind many.

We need to allow get rid of this arrogance among our South African footballers, this sense of entitlement needs to stop. Look at the German squad, almost every single one of that World Cup winning squad are superstars but when they put on that Germany jersey, the country and its crest comes before any individual. Unfortunately here, the names are way bigger and more prominent than the crest.

Why don’t we create an official PSL fantasy league to allow fans to engage and strengthen their support of the PSL?  We have made great strides over the last few years in relation to coverage, media and consistency but unfortunately those strides are not good enough as we have to do more.

The premier league recently released their 2014/2015 season app, the app will be available for iOs, Android and Windows phones Managers that have registered a team for Fantasy Premier League 2013/14 need only download the app, if you have not registered a team you may now do so via the app.

Weekend Predictions:

Man Utd V Swansea - (Man Utd Win)

Leicester V Everton - (Everton Win)

QPR V Hull - (Hull Win)

Stoke V Aston Villa - (Stoke Win)

West Brom V Sunderland - (Draw)

West Ham V Tottenham - (West Ham Win)

Arsenal V Crystal Palace - (Arsenal Win)

Liverpool V Southampton - (Liverpool Win)

Newcastle V Man City - (Man City Win)

Burnley V Chelsea - (Chelsea Win)

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