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Into the Lilywhite light

Can the nearly men become title contenders?
Started on 5 October 2015 by BackPostHeader
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Danny Murphy's 2015/16 Top six teams predictions

Another action packed season of football is on the horizon and as is customary with every new season. The pre season predictions are to made, so we've got Match of The Day pundit, and former Liverpool, Charlton and Fulham midfielder, Danny Murphy to cast his eye over the 20 team competing for the 2015/16 Barclays Premier League title.

Man City

After a summer of heavy investment Manchester's blue club have to be considered frontrunners for the title. With the creative talents of Kevin de Bruyne, David Silva and Raheem Sterling feeding in the chances to Sergio Aguero, as well as Vincent Kompany looking back to his world class best in heart of their defence. It should be a prolific campaign for City this season.

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini
Captain: Vincent Kompany

Star Player: Sergio Aguero

Stadium: Etihad Stadium


The current champions, Chelsea are obviously up there. They have one of the best managers in the world of football currently, a fantastic squad and one of the richest men in football as their owner. Much more is expected of the pensioners after a premature Champions League exit, in the Round of 16 to French champs Paris Saint Germain, and a less than impressive second half of the league campaign. But with little investment and thinning depth up front Abramovich may have to loosen the old purse strings to see him team finish top once more.

Manager: Jose Mourinho
Captain: John Terry

Star Player: Nemanja Matic

Stadium: Stamford Bridge


After a brilliant end to last season and some fantastic showings in the Emirates Cup, where they tore apart last season's Ligue 1 runners up Olympique Lyon in a 7-0 win, Arsenal fans are again hopeful of a title challenge. Can they do it? That remains the repentant question, but like in so many previous seasons Arsene Wenger has yet to really invest in his squad. With Petr Cech his only major signing at £11,000,000 the Gunners fans are still praying for Wenger to buy a top quality striker, with both Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain linked. But will the professor decide to take the plunge?

Manager: Arsene Wenger
Captain: Per Mertesacker

Star Player: Alexis Sanchez

Stadium: Emirates Stadium

Tottenham Hotspurs

Is this the year Spurs get back into Europe's elite? Another summer of wheeler dealing by Daniel Levy has seen several faces enter and exit the revolving doors at White Hart Lane. Another new manager has entered the hot seat, but having worked under Pochettino has similar ideals of his predecessor. With young, energetic midfielders, creative forwards Spurs will mount a challenge again. And if they improve their backline they could very easily replace Manchester United in the top four.
Manager: Omar Jones

Captain: TBC

Star Player: Christian Eriksen

Stadium: White Hart Lane

Man United

Since Alex Ferguson departed Old Trafford in 2013, United have not been the same. After a disastrous season under David Moyes Louis van Gaal came in and did what was required in his first season. But the football was often flat, lifeless. Big name signings failed to live up to their price tags for most of the season. And after another big spending summer The Red Devils are hoping the Dutchman can bring United back to their heyday under Ferguson. But with more goalkeepers than strikers in their current squad and rigid football I'm not sure if they can keep their place this time.

Manager: Louis van Gaal
Captain: Wayne Rooney

Star Player: David de Gea

Stadium: Old Trafford


Having lost Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling in less than 12 months my former club Liverpool were looking at another difficult season. But since charismatic German boss Jurgen Klopp took over it's been a different story. Reinvigorating the fans and players he should make the reds hard to beat, and Anfield the fortress it once was. If he makes the kind of buys he did when in charge of Borussia Dortmund it may turn out to be a great season yet. But I'll tip Liverpool to just fall short this term, watch out though. 2016/17 could be their year.
Manager: Jurgen Klopp

Captain: Jordan Henderson

Star Player: Philippe Coutinho

Stadium: Anfield

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