As last season so dramatically proved trying to predict anything in football is as pointless an endeavour as giving Posh Spice singing lessons but it’s the start of a new season and madness is in the air so why what the hell, lets give it a go anyway.

This season is a particularly tough one to call in many areas with both Manchester clubs a coin-flip for the title while the odds for a top 4 finish in the Premier League (so often a closed shop) are broader than ever.

The further down the league pyramid you venture the more open things get with the selection of a League Two champion being compared below to buying a lottery ticket.

Even so myself, and thirteen Cutter writers, have bravely placed our *cough* expertise on the line and made a series of predictions that are almost guaranteed to mutate into eggs that splatter back in our faces in the months to come.

No matter what however we vow to republish this article next May to gauge who were the fortune tellers and who would probably struggle to forecast snow on Everest.

Unless I fare particularly badly of course. In which case this article will mysteriously vanish forever into cyberspace.

Daisy Cutter

Who will win the Premier League? – Manchester City

It’s hard to look past the two Manchester behemoths again despite Chelsea’s impressive upgrades. The signing of RvP strengthens United significantly but it’s an area that didn’t desperately need strengthening. For me their midfield can still be dominated in the big games by the big clubs and though it will be close City edge it for me.

Surprise shout for top four – Newcastle United

Missing out of Debuchy remains a huge blow because the lad is sheer quality but Pardew has kept the squad together that performed so brilliantly last term and with Cisse and Ba forming an even better understanding of each other’s movement we can expect plenty of goals on the Toon.

Who will be relegated? – Wigan, West Brom and Stoke

Championship winners – Blackburn Rovers

I hope I’m wrong (because I loathe their manager) but I’ve just got the feeling that Kean’s style of management will suit a promotion charge. If Bolton get off to a good start however they shouldn’t be ruled out.

League One – Sheffield United

Barring a play-off hangover they must be favourites with Preston and Coventry also in strong contention.

League Two – Southend United

Against the odds and working under the tight restrictions of a non-existent budget is usually when Paul Sturrock excels.

Champion’s League winners – Real Madrid

Having toppled Barca’s La Liga crown this holy grail will now consume Mourinho’s every waking thought.

Top Prem scorer – Robin van Persie

If he stays fit and firing and United adapt (less so than people seem to think) to get the best out of him he’s going to bang in beauties for fun.

First manager to get the chop – Mark Hughes

I’ve nothing to back this up beyond gut instinct but I’ve got a sneaky feeling Rangers will get off to a mare. Then it’s bye bye Sparky.

Best new signing – Joe Allen (Liverpool)

A player who perfectly epitomises Rodger’s vision and has the chops to implement it all.

Jack Howes

Who will win the Premier League? – Manchester City

They have the best team in the league, the best attack of any non-Spanish side in Europe and now they have title-winning experience. Should be an irresistible combination.

Surprise shout for top four – Newcastle United

This side are for real. Tiote’s a superb defensive midfielder, the front four of Cabaye-Ben Arfa-Ba-Cisse was superb at times last season while Tim Krul is one of the world’s finest young keepers.

Who will be relegated?Stoke, Norwich, and Reading.

Stoke I feel are on the wane. Teams have sussed out the long throw-ins and long balls and the squad is now quite old in Premiership terms. Reading I don’t think are good enough and have sufficient quality to stay up, while Norwich I feel over-achieved last season and will sorely miss Paul Lambert.

Championship winners – Wolves

They’ve kept the likes of Jarvis and O’Hara and now are under a good young manager in Solbakken after last season’s shambles with Terry Connor. Them, Leeds, Leicester and Bolton I expect will duke it out for the title.

League One – MK Dons

Won’t be popular but they were the best footballing League One side last year, have kept the majority of their players and are in a far weaker League One this year. Sheffield United and Swindon I think will go close.

League Two – Bristol Rovers

They were transformed by Mark McGhee last season and in terms of club size and wage bill they should be looking at the playoffs as a minimum. Gillingham, Southend and Chesterfield will go close.

Champion’s League winner – Real Madrid

Mourinho’s won the Champions League with far weaker sides than his current Madrid team.

Top Prem scorer – Sergio Aguero

He was good last season but at times unspectacular. This season, with a year in England under his belt I feel he could really explode in goalscoring terms. Also in an era where squad rotation is increasingly becoming a factor, 20-25 goals may win you top scorer.

First manager to get the chop – Brian McDermott

It would be harsh given the way Reading won promotion so splendidly but an underperforming team along with a rich new owner usually results in the sack.

Best new signing – Santi Cazorla

I’m loath to say this as a Spurs fan but Cazorla has looked a terrific player when I’ve seen him. Arsenal’s style of play will suit him and he was a bargain at around £15m. Shinji Kagawa I expect to do well, Jan Vertonghen is I think an excellent buy while Michu at Swansea may win many new admirers this season.

James Oddy

Who will win the Premier League – Manchester United

While they still have some major issues within their squad, Robin Van Persie and Shiji Kagawa are top-drawer additions, and Vidic is back from injury.

Surprise shout for top four – Newcastle United

They almost made it last year. They’ve retained all there key men. The rumoured additions of Andy Carroll and Mathieu Debuchy could make the difference.

Who will be relegated? – West Brom, Swansea and Norwich

West Brom- Roy Hodgson worked wonders with a hard working but limited squad. A big ask for Steve Clarke in his first managerial role. Swansea- The loss of Rodgers and Sigurosson is massive, and the appointment of Laudrup is a risk. Norwich- I’m a fan of Chris Hughton, but the squad hasn’t been added to massively and like with Swansea, the impact Lambert had on the team was huge.

Championship winners – Bolton

More stable than Blackburn, the return of Stuart Holden is a massive boost and Owen Coyle is a good manager who had dreadful luck last season.

League One – Milton Keynes Dons

It’s now or never for the serial play off chocker’s. Alan Smith is a quality addition for this level.

League Two – Southend

Freddy Eastwood has come home, and he can provide the goals to give the play off finalists that final cutting edge.

Champion’s League winner – Real Madrid

Jose has finally wrestled the league away from Barcelona. Now it’s time for them to emulate the Catalans champions league exploits.

Top Prem scorer – Darren Bent

Aston Villa should have a much-improved season, and Bent should thrive on the service. He’ll be eager to make up for missing out on the Euros.

First manager to get the chop – Steve Clarke

I’ve said I can see West Brom struggling, and the WBA board have proved quick to act of results aren’t to there likening.

Best new signing – Shinji Kagawa

Losing out on Eden Hazard may have been a blessing in disguise for Manchester United. The Japanese attacking midfielder is a joy to watch and his link up play with Van Persie and Rooney should be a joy to behold.

Kieran Mather

Who will win the Premier League – Manchester United

After last season they’ll be more than up for it. With United their desire to regain a title is always higher than when there are trying to retain it. Defending a title is uncharted territory for Mancini’s men and the pressure is probably double what it was last year.

Surprise shout for top four – Everton

Their record against the top clubs isn’t too shabby and when teams like Spurs, Arsenal, Chelsea & Newcastle all take points from each other the door could be wide open for the Toffees to march in come May.

Who will be relegated? –

After last season nobody believes that newly promoted teams should occupy the relegation spots at all and this year is no exception. I can see West Brom, Wigan, Villa, QPR and Reading facing the trapdoor next season.

Championship winners – Bolton

Manager Owen Coyle knows the Championship in addition to his Premier League experience whilst the club itself has stability and infrastructure that will suit their bid to return first time of asking.

League One – Sheffield United

The club hasn’t lost a great deal of first team players and added sensibly and well.

League Two – Rotherham United

The New York stadium is expected to be near capacity every game and with the new ground it really is a new era for them. Everything is in place for them to challenge in League 1 in the coming seasons and the foundations are in place for that to start on Saturday.

Champion’s League winner – Real Madrid

Chelsea again could be the nearest English side to the final but Real Madrid have more sides to them then any other team. They can play like Spain do or attack in a more direct manner as well as being extremely tough to break down.

Top Prem scorer – Fernando Torres

He won 3 trophies in a short space of time last season so should still be on a high and with Drogba gone could feature more consistently

First manager to get the chop – Steve Kean

If the board stick to their word then he’ll be gone by the time the kids go back to school

Best new signing – Michail Antonio (Sheffield Wednesday)

This player is Premiership quality and I can’t believe Reading let him go, especially after the initial bid was turned down. In my opinion the one man team accusation levelled at Sheffield United last season was more suited for the blue and white contingent. Antonio is a real game changer who can run at players, curl a ball, score from angles, he’s fast, skilful and knows where the net is.

Jose’s boys celebrate last season’s La Liga triumph

Bob Lethaby

Who will win the Premier League? – Manchester City

They look very strong and well equipped to defend their title.

Surprise shout for the top four – Liverpool

Liverpool under Rodgers will be a totally different side. This is a real wild card, but I have a sneaky feeling about this one.

Who will be relegated? – Swansea, Norwich and Wigan

I’m going for a treble survival of the promoted boys though I predict a last few weeks of panic from any number of others from 12th downwards. It will be really close this year.

Championship winners – Leeds United

Something keeps pulling me towards Leeds United, I don’t know why, as I hate Warnock. Leeds it is then, though the way the Championship is, it could be anyone of twelve (See Reading last year).

League One – Swindon Town

It’s all about momentum and Paulo Di Canio will have them fired up.

League Two – Wycombe Wanderers

A complete guess.

Champion’s League winner – Real Madrid

With Manchester City as outsiders. I just think now is Mourinho’s best chance to achieve this at the Bernabau.

Top prem scorer – Robin Van Persie

If fit, with Pappa Cisse an outsider.

First manager to get the chop – Michael Laudrup (Swansea)

Best new signing – Gylfi Sigurdsson

I watched “The Sig” come through the ranks at Reading and he is streets above any player I have seen at the club. He has the potential to be a world star. You heard it here first!

Andy Robinson

Who will win the Premier League? – Manchester City

I really think City can pull it off again. United don’t look any stronger to me and Chelsea will really miss Drogba and seem to be a forward short. I can’t understand why they weren’t linked with Van Persie. 

Surprise shout for the top four –

This is the only ‘banker’. No outside bets for the top 4. Arsenal will do better next season and Spurs will push as they have done for the last four seasons. Newcastle, Everton, Villa all way behind.

Who will be relegated? – Wigan, Swansea, QPR

Championship winners – Leeds United

Even without investment they seem like a club on the up and Warnock has the t-shirt doesn’t he.

League One – Sheffield United

I can’t see them blowing it again especially if they get a decent start.

League Two – Torquay United

A decent side from all acoounts

Champion’s League winner – Real Madrid

Just because Mourinho is a “show off”

Top Prem scorer – Wayne Rooney

He isn’t going to let anyone else take a penalty or free kick.

First manager to get the chop –

Hopefully someone I dont like. As I only have time for Wenger, Martinez, Jol and obviously Mr Mancini this is usually one area where I am on a winner

Best new signing – Jan Vertonghen

Looks like a steal.

Noel Draper

Who will win the Premier League? – Manchester City

With United and Chelsea very close behind.

Surprise shout for the top four – Newcastle United

Looked very impressive last time out. They have also dipped into their French transfer bag again and probably unearthed a couple more gems. With Cisse playing a full season and Ben Arfa back to full fitness I can see them taking 5th place. Would I have a cheeky bet on 4th with them? Why not. Arsenal might take a while to get going again especially if RVP goes.

Who will be relegated? – Reading, Norwich and Swansea

Norwich will struggle I feel due to Lambert leaving as will Swansea with an untried Laudrup in charge. Wigan need to start their season in August and not April.

Championship winners – Blackburn Rovers

Predicting the winners of this league is much like picking the winning lottery numbers every week for 6 weeks. There are so many good teams, all who have an outstanding chance of making it to the promised land.

League One – Coventry City

A couple of teams stand out in this league for me but particularly Coventry City (who play in the lovely stadium called COCS) and Sheffield United who will be still smarting from losing out on promotion to their bitter rivals, Sheffield Wednesday, on the last day of the season.

League Two – Cheltenham Town

With Gillingham chasing and Chesterfield to bounce straight back up via the play-offs.

Champion’s League winner – Real Madrid

Man City will lose in the quarter finals, as will United. Chelsea will go out before this and Arsenal will fail at the group stages.

Top Prem scorer – Papiss Cisse

Podolski, Giroud, RVP (if he stays fit), Rooney, Aguero, Cisse, Ba, Torres, Jelavic and a slimmed down Tevez could all feature at the top of the scoring charts by the end of the season but if I had to pick one it would be Newcastle’s Cisse who seemed to score goals for fun last time out.

First manager to get the chop – Mark Hughes

For me there are only two managers that won’t survive the season and they are Mark Hughes at QPR and Michael Laudrup at Swansea. First out of the door? Hughes. Hopefully.

Best new signing – Lukas Podolski

Pienaar at Everton seems a good deal especially as he knows the club well.  I quite liked the look of the new Chelsea player Oscar during the Olympics but for me the best signing so far would have to be the capture of Lukas Podolski by Arsenal for around £11 million. I have always been impressed whenever I have seen him play and the fact that he is still only 26 means Arsenal will get his best years.

Chris Brookes

Who will win the Premier League? – Manchester City

With regard to City retaining it I’ve had a think back to Chelsea in that second season under Mourinho when they managed to win it again and although the circumstances are different in a lot of ways, especially in how the title was won, I think a similar thing is possible this season with City. There’s no doubt that United will come back very strongly again and a lot of people will fancy them but if I had to nail my colours to the mast I’d go with City.

Surprise shout for the top four –

It’s not so much an outside bet considering they won the trophy itself last season but I think Chelsea will make it into the top four this time. I’m looking at Liverpool and although I think they’ll improve significantly on 8th I’m not sure they’ll quite make the Champions League. I’d like to see Newcastle do well again but I think they’ll be a place or two lower than 5th this time.

Who will be relegated? – Reading, Wigan and QPR

Championship winners – Leicester City

As a Wednesday fan I’d love to say us!

League One – Swindon Town

I thought about MK Dons, especially with ex-Wednesday striker Ryan Lowe in their side now as I think he’ll score plenty if given a settled role. I’ve got a gut instinct for Swindon to do it though.

League Two – Southend United

I thought of a lot of possible suggestions with this one and it’s the most difficult of the lot to call this season. Bradford will be a lot closer than previous years, Chesterfield and Rotherham I don’t think will be far away, Rochdale under John Coleman could be in there, Southend under the promotion specialist (King) Paul Sturrock, Fleetwood I reckon will continue their progression and be challenging. Really difficult but I’ll say Southend after how well they did for points last season, and with Freddy Eastwood back permanently.

Champion’s League winner – Barcelona

I really hope the English teams all make it to the latter stages this time. Barcelona under Tito Vilanova will be keenly observed and I’ve got no doubt that they and Real Madrid will be in there. I’ll rule Chelsea and Arsenal out, and go with Barca, they’ve lost Guardiola but there’s a truly special set-up and personnel running through the club from the ground up and I fancy them most strongly

Top Prem scorer – Wayne Rooney

First manager to get the chop – Mark Hughes

I think it will be unjust too. Just a feeling.

Best new signing – Shinji Kagawa

Podolski, Giroud and Cazorla from Arsenal all spring to mind. Out of those I think Podolski will have the most impact. Hazard too and depending on how much he plays Kagawa because I know how highly my Dortmund-supporting flatmate from my time working in Lanzarote thought of him. I want to give a mention to Southampton because I’m a big fan of Nigel Adkins’ ability as a manager and I really enjoy his outlook and approach, so Jay Rodriguez I think will prove a good signing for them in a relatively successful season. Borini will be an interesting one but I will put some faith in Kagawa and choose him as the standout.

Kagawa: many people’s tip for best signing

Steven S

Who will win the Premier League? – Manchester City

United or even possibly Arsenal may run them close but after last season’s success and another season with such a quality squad, it is City’s to lose. Europe is a while away however.

Surprise shout for the top four – Newcastle United

I see no reason why they will not continue to improve and bring a further competitive edge to the race for a top four spot.

Who will be relegated? – Swansea, Wigan, and Southampton

Swansea are a concern, losing such a huge influence in their manager and I have my doubts over Laudrup along with the untested Prem players likely to feature heavily in the team. Wigan surely cannot do it all over again, especially with such a poor front line bringing in paltry returns. Southampton will be the odd ones out of the new guys, their defence may not be up to the task.

Championship winners – Bolton

Solbakken at Wolves and Powell at Charlton will be interesting to watch as will Watfords new adventure but I can only see Bolton returning as champions. A good manager experienced in the league with a solid squad and some friends in high places to add the odd loan here and there come January.

Champion’s League winner – Real Madrid

It will be first on the agenda for the manager and the clubs hierarchy – they have the squad, the momentum and a key domestic and cup rival in transition.

Top Prem scorer – Sergio Aguero

It is hard to see RVP doing the same for a second year. Aguero will be a consistent 20+ goal man every season in the Prem. He’s rarely injured, with great positional sense and will take the mantle next season.

First manager to get the chop – Steve Clarke

Unless the Reading or Southampton owners get jumpy, everyone seems pretty stable. If West Brom are struggling come Jan, Steve Clarke will be the first to go.

Best new signing – Shinji Kagawa

Carzola has all the right ingredients to be this years Silva, Podolski will be keen to make his mark after his Bayern disaster. Hazard will take a while to settle. My money is on Kagawa really bringing some zip back to the Man Utd midfield next season and being the stand out player.

Stuart Moriarty-Patten

Who will win the Premier League? – Manchester City

It will be another close battle with United though, with it again being decided on the last day of the season.

Surprise shout for the top four – Liverpool

It is a sad reflection on their recent history that they can be considered an outside bet for the top four.

Who will be relegated? – West Brom, Norwich and West Ham

Championship winners – Leeds United

As usual, this is a tough division.  Although I think the three relegated clubs will all figure strongly, and Charlton will be looking to follow the trend started by Norwich and Southampton of successive promotions, but I’m picking Leeds and that old Warnock Championship magic to work again, particularly as he has strengthened the defence that was their main weakness last season.

League One – Swindon Town

It looks a fairly ordinary League One this year, and I can’t see any one team dominating.

League Two – Rotherham United

They finished last season strongly and returning to Rotherham in their new stadium, after a few seasons away in Sheffield, will probably give them enough feel-good factor to see them win the title.

Champion’s League winners – Real Madrid

Top Prem scorer – Luis Suarez

Manchester rivals Aguero and Rooney will be thereabouts and I would love to see it being Newcastle’s Cisse.  However, if Liverpool have the good season I have predicted then I can see Suarez being the top scorer.

First manager to get the chop – Roberto Di Matteo

After they fail to trouble the top four too much.

Best new signing – Michu

I fancy Swansea to have another good season and Michu, who got 15 goals in la Liga last year in a struggling Rayo side, looks a bargain at £2m.

Daniel Snowden

Who will win the Premier League – Arsenal

Well, probably not, but I think the Gunners are going to come third, with City and Chelsea fighting it out at the top. And nether of those are actually winning the title, just buying it.

Surprise shout for top four – Tottenham

If they buy a class striker before the end of the window, but that is about it. Definitely not Liverpool.

Who will be relegated? – Southampton, Wigan and West Brom

Sorry Saints, I just do not see three teams worse than you.

Championship winners – Wolves

If they hang on to their big game players.

League One – Sheffield United

League Two – AFC Wimbledon

Champion’s League winners – Arsenal

Stop giggling. With a little bit of luck I don’t see why not, although I struggle to look beyond Real, given Barca have a new coach and Juve just lost theirs for 10 months, whilst it is too soon for PSG and City.

Top Prem scorer – Wayne Rooney

I don’t think RvP can do another injury free season and City’s strikers rotate too much to get 30 odd goals

First manager to get the chop – Sam Allardyce


Best new signing – Santi Cazorla

£15mn ish for a world class attacking midfielder with 45 Spanish caps, I need look no further. I think he will adapt better than Hazard at Chelsea but if Spurs get a decent striker then he could lift the whole club.

Will Sergio be celebrating again next May?

Chris Tobin

Who will win the Premier League? – Manchester City

This for me is simple – I believe that now Man City have that title in their grasp, I really cannot see them relinquishing it. I can see them gathering way too much confidence from last season’s achievement – possibly running away with the title, I honestly believe they are capable of that type of campaign.


Surprise shout for top four –

Can’t really see an “outside bet” other than if we assume after last season’s performance that Liverpool are such a bet? I think they could surprise a few people this season; they have the quality, but whether they can get off to a good start – with some very difficult early games – I fear they could be playing catch up after just a few fixtures.

Who will be relegated? – Norwich, QPR and West Brom

I would actually like to see Q.P.R go down with no points after last season – they were pants. A really rubbish team & Mark Hughes!

Championship winners – Blackburn Rovers

For all the stick he rightly took, also the fact he is great on YouTube suggesting that Big Sam is a crook (his words not mine or the Cutters) Steve Kean & his chicken owners will have what it takes to storm The Championship.

League One – Portsmouth

Wishful thinking. Such a travesty to see what has happened at that club and its shameful how football has turned its back on this type of neglect of the paying public, so I hope they win the League 1 title.

League Two – Gillingham

I would love to give you a sound judgement as to why, but I really don’t know why – they just will.

Champion’s League winners – Barcelona

Though I would love to see Man City go really far in the competition, if only to see Fergie squirming again.

Top Prem scorer – Luis Suarez

It is no secret that I am a Liverpool supporter and as such sometimes bias my otherwise sound structured argument. With that said I strongly believe Luis Suarez will get a big amount of goals this season

First manager to get the chop – Sam Allardyce

God I really hope it’s him.  It will be the first time Sam has actually won anything….probably.

Best new signing – Eden Hazard

Liam McConville

Who will win the Premier League? – Manchester City

Last season’s dramatic title triumph could well prove to be a catalyst for something much bigger for the blue half of Manchester. A happy (for now) Carlos Tevez is building a frightening partnership with fellow countryman Sergio Aguero in a side brimming with firepower.

Surprise shout for top four – Everton

If David Moyes can somehow guide his side to a decent start, (being a slow starter has hurt Everton for years now) then perhaps the Toffees can launch a serious bid for the top four. Always strong in the second half and with the likes of Jelavic and Pienaar keen to build on the impact they had in the back end of last season, Everton could be a real force.

Who will be relegated? – Stoke, Norwich and Wigan

Championship winner – Bolton

Owen Coyle knows the Championship well from his time with Burnley and his supporters will be expecting an immediate return to the top flight.

League One – Preston North End

If the signings gel, Preston will be tough to beat and will be a good shout to return to the Championship. Sheffield United and MK Dons will be looking to atone for play-off failure but may well come up short again.

League Two – Rotherham

Champion’s League winner – Real Madrid

Mourinho’s men have reached the semi-finals for the last two years and will be desperate to claim Europe’s Holy Grail this season.

Top Prem scorer – Fernando Torres

Without the looming presence of Drogba, Torres is the main man at Stamford Bridge, a role which he should relish. The team is better suited to him now as well; there will be no excuses this year for the Spaniard.

First manager to get the chop – Steve Clarke

Roy Hodgson will be a tough act to follow and recent history suggests that it has been a struggle for number two’s  to step up to the big job in the top flight.

Best new signing – Junior Hoilett

Q.P.R snapped up the exciting young winger from recently relegated Blackburn with the Canadian international being with of the few bright notes of last season for Rovers.

Kieran Davies

Who will win the Premier League? – Chelsea

I think if Chelsea can add a big name striker to their ranks they will be there or thereabouts with their additions of Hazard, Marin and Oscar to the team.

Surprise shout for top four – Liverpool

It saddens me that this is how bad things have been for this team of late that they would be regarded as ‘outside bet’ but I’m going to say Liverpool. I’ve been impressed with everything Rodgers has done since arriving at Anfield and think he will produce what reds fans have been craving for years – a team tight at the back, who play possession football, fight to win it back as soon as the ball is lost and play with real penetrative attacking flair.

Who will be relegated? – West Ham, Norwich and Reading

Championship winner – Cardiff City

For me ‘the nearly-men’ of this league but Malky has had a shrewd summer and made some very good signings. Looking at the teams in this league, Cardiff have a lot more stand out players, a young hungry manager and extremely passionate fans. This sleeping giant has been on the fringes for some time and I just think if they don’t do it this season they never will. Big season for the Welsh club but if their players step up to the plate it’s there for the taking for them.

League One – Sheffield United

Though maybe Swindon Town are a decent punt as a long-shot with the bookies?

League Two – Chesterfield

This league is a real lottery but I can’t see past the Spirites.

Champion’s League winner – Real Madrid

Jose Mourinho has good form for this competition as a manager and I think the loss of Pepe Guardiola at Barca could be the catalyst for Real Madrid to show a spell of domination between these two teams.

Top Prem scorer – Carlos Tevez

He’s come back from his summer holiday a stone lighter and seems to be completely focussed on Man City. On his day a Premiership great and I think back to the way he and Aguero played vs Norwich City away last season and think this could be a good season for Mr Tevez although his golf handicap may take a hit!

First manager to get the chop – Sam Allardyce

The West Ham owners are as predictable as Boris Johnson and I think their desperation for a second season in Premiership will cause them to make rash changes as soon as things go the shape of the pear.

Best new signing – Oscar

Again a tough call. If Reading stay up, Pavel Pogrebnyak will be in with a shout as they signed him on a free and his goals will be imperative. One player I’m really interested in seeing in the Premiership after seeing brief spells in the Olympics is Oscar who looked a real flair player but then will he adapt to the Premier League? If I were a betting man, I’d say Oscar on the basis that I fancy them to have a push at the title and if they do this Oscar will be a key player.