EPL Preview: All eyes on the twin towers of Manchester

EPL Preview: All eyes on the twin towers of Manchester

EPL Preview: All eyes on the twin towers of Manchester

They say revenge is a dish best served cold, and the reigning champions, Man City, should expected it served frozen by a hurting, though rejuvenated, Man United side. As the Premiership kicks off today, with an ecstatic feeling going through all corners of our emotional beings, all and sundry will be hoping that we get served an equal piece of last season’s pie.

For it wasn’t until the last day of the season, the last minute of the City-QPR match, 94th minute to be precise, that the EPL title was decided, and with it, the culmination of arguably the most intriguing season in the 20-year old Premier League era. Sergio Aguero’s wonder strike did not only win the Citizens the title, it made the noisy neighbors even louder, silenced the behemoth that is United, and tilted the supremacy towards the blue half of Manchester.

But as the anti-United fans got to shout their voices hoarse, as the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal grinned sheepishly at the sight of the Red Devils falling short, one thing became quite clear; the City of Manchester will dominate the premiership for the next few seasons, with the occasional injunction by a Stamford Bridge outfit. It will take a miraculous intervention to break that superiority.

That’s right. With the recent mega-fee purchase of former Arsenal talisman, Robin van Persie, the Red Devils join the Sky Blues as the two teams with the most formidable strike forces in the league. With Van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck on the red side, and El Kun Aguero, Mario Balotelli, Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko on the blue side, there’s no doubt that these two teams will be the finest of the lot, the favorites to capture the English throne, and the goal bangers that strike fear in any defender’s being.

All eyes will be on the Dynamic Duo from the northwest city of Manchester. And the million dollar question will be which of the two will reign? Will Roberto Mancini’s strong Millionaires Club rope in a second consecutive title? Or will Sir Alex Ferguson’s been-there-done-that charges get their hands on a record 20th English title?

As a whole, the City Slickers appear much stronger, from the defense, through the middle and up to the front. As for the Old Trafford faithful, they’ve worked on their attacking side, but it’s the defense that will still worry many United fans. Serbian Nemanja Vidic is back and will look at providing a great partnership with Rio Ferdinand in front of David de Gea, as the stand-in youngsters Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Johnny Evans recover from their injuries.

But perhaps the biggest focus will be on the fullbacks, and defensive midfield, where United stuttered last season. Hopefully Rafael da Silva and Patrice Evra will put in better shifts this time round, not forgetting Michael Carrick, Anderson and Darren Fletcher, who has recovered from his bowel problem. Shinji Kagawa, Luis Nani, Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young will be the men that provide the artillery for use by the incredible forward line.

Only Jack Rodwell has joined the Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan-owned Etihad club. But even then, there was no need for any additions. Joe Hart is one of the finest keepers in Europe. In front of him is captain and lynchpin Vincent Kompany, aided by Joleon Lescott. In the midfield, Gareth Barry strikes a partnership with the devastating Yaya Toure, with Samir Nasri and David Silva providing the ammo for the danger men upfront.

Whether Old Trafford will live to its Theatre of Dream’s billing or Etihad Stadium will usher in a new era of premiership supremacy, only this season can tell. But for all its worth, we couldn’t have asked for more. With goosebumps, anticipation, our favorite crowds and drinks being our partners for the season, let’s sit back, relax and experience the most watched league in the world.

The Football Bonanza kicks off this evening from 5pm. Who will win it? Your guess is as good as mine.

Saturday 18th August

5pm:         West Bromwich Albion – Liverpool, The Hawthorns, SS3

5pm:         West Ham United – Aston Villa, Upton Park, SS5

5pm:         Arsenal – Sunderland, Emirates Stadium, SS7

5pm:         Queens Park Rangers – Swansea, Loftus Road, SSMaximo

7:30pm    Newcastle United – Tottenham Hotspurs, Sports Direct Arena, SS3

Sunday 19th August

3:30pm    Wigan Athletic – Chelsea, DW Stadium, SS3

6pm:         Man City – Southampton, Etihad Stadium, SS3

Monday 20th August

10pm:     Everton – Man United, Goodison Park, SS3

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