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  • on 19.07.2011
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Fan Predictions

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Forget what the tabloids and so-called ‘football experts’ think for a moment. We wanted to know how real, ordinary football fans thought the Barclays Premier League would shape up this season.

So we took to Twitter and went in search of one fan per club to give us their feedback on how they thought the table would look come 13th May 2012. We asked them to rank the 20 teams in the exact order they thought they would finish and then we’ve averaged out the results with some ‘interesting’ results.

We also wanted to know what each fan thought of their own teams too. Were they happy with the manager? Would they like to see more/less transfer activity? Do they fancy their team to stay up/win the league/challenge for Europe? This was their chance to get it off your chest and let their feelings known!

A huge thanks to all that contributed, we couldn’t have put this together without your input!

Key Observations

  • Newcastle seem to be the un-known, with predictions ranging from 8th to 18th
  • All but 4 fancy Norwich to face the drop, whilst only 4 have tipped QPR to go down.
  • Only 2 fans tipped up Arsenal to finish any higher than 4th
  • Although making progress, only 1 other fan predicted that Man City will have enough to win the league this time around
  • 80%+ are expecting Aston Villa to finish in the top half, despite losing Downing, Friedel and Young
  • The award for most optimism goes to the Fulham fan, who predicted they will finish 6th!
  • They struggled last term, but only 3 fans tipped up Wolves for the drop, whilst the Wolves fan thinks they’ll finish 9th!
  • Despite their spending, only 2 fans predicted Liverpool to finish top 3 (with 1 fan expecting then to win it!)

Fan’s Premier League Predictions

Here are the full list of results. The table on the left is the ‘Average’ Premier League table, according to the fans polled, whilst the table on the right lists the complete results so you can see how each team/fan compares!

(Read across for each fan’s predictions, down for individual teams’ predicted placings)

Individual Team Reviews – from the fans!

Here is what the individual fans thought of their team’s chances this season. Have a read through and let us know if you agree/disagree either using the Facebook comments box below or by tweeting us @BigBettingBlog

Jump to Team: Arsenal | Aston Villa | Blackburn | Bolton | Chelsea | Everton | Fulham | Liverpool | Man City | Man Utd | Newcastle | Norwich | QPR | Stoke | Sunderland | Swansea | Tottenham | West Brom | Wigan | Wolves

At the time of writing, my prediction of the Arsenal finishing in fourth actually, absurdly, feels a little bit over optimistic.

This is a massive season for Mr Wenger – the goodwill of the fans having been severely eroded in the calamitous last few months of last season. Changes need to be made and, after Arsene’s promise of a ‘very active’ summer, we’ve had a quiet transfer window thus far. Indeed, much of the focus has been on those who may or may not depart the club rather than on exciting new signings.

While the Cesc Fabregas saga continues and Samir Nasri presses for a big money move, we’re also struggling to move on the ‘dead-wood’ and bring in some quality where it’s needed most. However, there’s still two weeks until the start of the season and I’m trying to stay positive.

…will do very well to stay in touch and finish in a Champions League place for a 15th successive season.

If, in addition to the lively looking Gervinho and promising Carl Jenkinson, a quality, experienced centre back arrives along with a creative, goalscoring midfielder to replace either Cesc or Nasri (one of which will surely leave), I think we can be happy with our work this summer. Don’t forget, there is still the nucleus of an excellent, young squad at this club and with the right signings (whenever they may arrive) and some tightening up on the training ground (especially around defending set-pieces), we can still make an impact this year.

I’m not convinced we’ll be winning the league but, as the big four becomes a big (spending) six or seven, we will do very well to stay in touch and finish in a Champions League place for a 15th successive season. @viewfromN5

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I think Villa will improve on last season if Alex McLeish can sort out the nonsense in the dressing room. Very happy with the captures of Shay Given and Charles N’Zogbia, perhaps we can add one more name before the season kicks off. Hoping that under the new manager we can learn to not throw away leads and see games out when we get our noses in front.

We should have eyes on a European spot, but realistically, a top 8 challenge is where we will be aiming.

Looking forward to seeing Stephen Ireland’s second chance but he needs to prove worth. We should have eyes on a European spot, but realistically, a top 8 challenge is where we will be aiming. In terms of the new gaffer coming in, it’s a case of what’s done is done; it’s time to get behind AM. @_JoeRyan

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Blackburn Rovers will struggle this season. At the time of writing they haven’t made a single signing and are managed by a novice who’s only real talent appears to be for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time.

The owners have no understanding of football…

The owners have no understanding of football and are not filling any of the fans with confidence. As was probably the case last year, only the lack of quality in the Premier League will prevent us dropping down into the Championship come next May. @DanClough87

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It’ll be an interesting season for Bolton and we’ll finally get to see Coyle’s mark, with his own squad at his diposal. At the time of writing though, I am very concerned about a possible lack of goals. Our 2 top scorers from last season have moved on (Elmander & Sturridge) and that leaves us with only Kevin Davies and Ivan Klasnic as recognised strikers.

Hopefully Coyle can pull a striker out of the bag like he did with Daniel Sturridge last term.

The midfield looks strong, so we should create plenty of chances, but who will put them away? Hopefully Coyle can pull a striker out of the bag, perhaps in the form of a great loan deal like he did with Daniel Strurridge last term. @Neilturner83

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From our point of view Chelsea haven’t had much dealings in the transfer market at the time of writing. Most of our fans believe that we need some added creativity, hence the chase for Luka Modric’s signature, and basically anything with pace on the flanks. If we do fill those gaps in the current squad I believe that we have a great chance of regaining our title as I believe we have the best defence in the league.

…regardless of what City fans think, the title will be fought out between CFC and Man Utd.

Andre Villas-Boas will definitely be more tactically sound than Carlo Ancelotti last year. That said so could my daughter to be honest. I also feel it’s time we gabe youth a chance and I can see one or two players coming through under the new manager, namely Josh Mceachran. Ultimately, regardless of what City fans think, the title will be fought out between CFC and Manchester Utd. For Arsenal its a case of 7 years and still waiting… @Gwilsoncfc

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It’s certainly troubling times for Everton with no money to spend on new players. We have a decent team when everyone is fully fit and the return of Fellaini will be crucial. We always tend to start the season slowly so will need to address that if we are to be ion and around the top 6, but we certainly have enough quality to reach that goal.

…troubling times for Everton with no money to spend on new players.

A lot will be expected of new teenage sensation Ross Barkley so it will be interesting how he gets on this season and where David Moyes sees him fitting in to the side. @EFCKingy

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I think Fulham are in line for their best season in the Premier League thus far. The team is looking good and Martin Jol has started to buy some young talent to boost the squad for our upcoming European campaign.

We can finish sixth and surprise alot of people along the way with our sexy football.

I predict that we will have our best ever finish in the Premier League this coming season and honestly think Fulham can (and will) finish sixth (yes 6th!) and surprise alot of people along the way with our sexy football. COYW! @Fanzonecharlie

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After the King’s second coming, it’s difficult not to be optimistic about the forthcoming season. Dalglish has been very busy in putting the final pieces of the jigsaw together and I genuinely believe that a top 4 finish is within our grasp. After using the 2nd half of last season to blood the youngsters and re-install some traditional LFC beliefs we should have a team bursting with confidence.

…anything less than a cup triumph and a 4th place finish will be a disappointment.

While we are probably a centre-back (assuming we don’t buy Godin) and a 3rd striker short of being able to win the league, United fans (in particular) shouldn’t underestimate the quality of our new acquisitions. While Downing might not be world class, he is what we have been missing; a left-winger with a turn of speed, the ability to deliver a decent cross, weigh in with a few goals and be confident in switching flanks. I am not 100% sure how Dalglish will accommodate Gerrard, Lucas, Maxi, Kuyt, Adam, Cole, Aquilani, Spearing and Henderson into the final vacant midfield positions needed to support Suarez and Carroll but there is little doubt that he has an unusually strong squad at his disposal.

Without the distraction of Europe, anything less than a cup triumph and a 4th place finish will be a disappointment. Whatever happens we can finally be guaranteed exciting and attacking football (the old Liverpool way)… @ap_red

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Ever since Sheikh Mansour made his move for City on deadline day in 2008, things at the newly-christened Etihad Stadium have rarely been dull. After the glory of Wembley – and the removal of a rival’s banner that had become our albatross – the summer has brought more excitement. From the astounding (Aguero’s arrival, the record-breaking sponsorship deal), the positive (the commitment to youth facilities, a couple of great value buys) and the less impressive (Tevez’ decision to leave, Balotelli’s backheel), City continue to make headlines. Six days before we face United at Wembley once more, it feels as though things are coming together.

The old City would have found a way to blow it – this season, it feels like things are finally different.

An impressive pre-season, three good signings and a visibly improved team mentality, added to the demon-shedding cup win, has left City’s rivals looking over their shoulders. They may not need to for much longer – if dead wood can be shifted, a touch more depth is added and City take advantage of a mild set of opening fixtures, City could be front runners by deadline day. The old City would have found a way to blow it – this season, it feels like things are finally different. @dixonbainbridge

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Being a United fan the upcoming season looks to be a really exciting. Even with the experienced departures of Scholes, Neville, Van Der Sar, O’Shea, Brown and Hargreaves, from the squad I feel the signings of De Gea, Young, Jones and the returns of Cleverly, Welbeck and Kiko leave the squad in a really strong position.

A marquee signing in the form of Wesley Sneijder or Mario Götze would give the club a massive boost.

If we could make a marquee signing in the form of Wesley Sneijder or Mario Götze it would give the club a massive boost and leave our main rivals for the league (Chelsea & City) with a massive mountain to climb. I expect to win the league this season and wouldn’t be surprised to see Hernandez win the golden boot (If he is back from his concussion early enough).

On the European front I would expect another good run and with a bit of luck (avoiding Barcelona!) win the competition.

The Carling Cup should be interesting for us this year; with the success of the Academy last season I expect the likes of Paul Pogba, Ravel Morrison, Will Keane and Oliver Norwood to show their potential when they get the chance and show that the future of Manchester United is looking strong.

On the other hand I’m not to sure about the FA Cup. At the end of the day anything can happen but I’d probably put my money on Liverpool to lift the trophy (although it pains me to say it) and I expect them to finish 4th in the PL at the expense of Arsenal. And to be honest spending nearly £100 million on players (even if they aren’t yet world class, with the exception of Suarez) you would expect them to win something. @Gazaldinho1

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It’s not like Geordies to be overly optomistic ist it? That said I honestly think that a top 10 finish is a realistic target this season. Alan Pardew has managed to add some flair players to the squad including Dan Gosling, and Hatem Ben Arfa coming back from injury will make a big difference.

I honestly think that a top 10 finish is a realistic target this season.

We might not of added a lot of players but neither have a number of other clubs so I’m not overly concerned. @LostBoy7619

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The last two seasons at Norwich have been unbelievable and we really have lived the dream. Going from the devastation and humiliation of being relegated to League 1 we have since gained a double promotion. There is a feeling of excitement around the City as none of us expected to be here, but we really do deserve it. Paul Lambert has created a team of players that love to play for him, and each other, and that is something that we have lacked since our last outing in the Premier League which ended so disastrously on that fateful day at Fulham.

I think we will stay up, with perhaps a few surprises on the way.

This team however is different to last time. Lambert has invested well in young, potentially quality players to match the grass roots experience of people like Grant Holt and Wes Hoolahan. These players have a chance to prove themselves in the best league in the world. They have no baggage, no ego’s (to the levels of some anyway) and hopefully they just want to play and make Norwich a successful club. Perhaps from my 18+ years of being a season ticket holder I have Rose tinted glasses, but I think we will stay up, with perhaps a few surprises on the way. @HelenMarie21

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QPR will hopefully have a good season. Holding on to Adel Taarabt will probably be the key as he is a match winner, something which is needed in the Premier League. Neil Warnock has a bit of Premier League experience and will hopefully use his knowledge to good use and help QPR survive in the Premier League.

Holding on to Adel Taarabt will probably be the key.

I feel that we still need to sign another striker (possibly DJ Campbell with his transfer to QPR ongoing at the time of writing) and I do believe we will require another right back as I feel we could be short if Bradley Orr gets injured. I’m sure the manager will be delving into the loan market for a few players and so I wouldn’t be suprised if we see a few more fresh faces before the season starts. All in all, no matter how things finish up come May, I’m really looking forward to the season. @Joshuaqpr

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Well, whats to say about the coming season for Stoke? Last season was arguably our best ever; comfortable mid-table finish and who can forget that 5-0 drubbing of Bolton in the semi final? European football this year means we can’t really complain!

The Europa League, whilst being something exciting and new for us fans, could be a distraction to the bread and butter. We will need a much bigger squad to cope and Tony Pulis himself states we will need to bring in 4-5 new players. At the time of writing we have signed just Jonathan Woodgate, who, providing he stays fit, could prove to be an inspired signing. Rumours fly around about the likes of Crouch, Cole, Dann, Jerome and Sissoko but they are likley to be nothing more than that.

The Europa League… could be a distraction to the bread and butter.

Providing we keep the likes of Huth, Shawcross and our flying wingers then another comfortable season surely awaits. I expect Man Utd, Man City and Chelsea to fight it out for the title with Utd just clinching it again. To go down obviously the 3 promoted teams will struggle. I expect Wigan to eventually lose the fight this year but I think it will be very tight once again. The promoted teams are no longer automatic cannon fodder which lends to the excitement. I fully expect another season full of twists and turns! @ChrisW_SCFC

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Sunderland have been busy this transfer window, making themselves one of the biggest spending clubs so far. In an attempt to prove that last season’s 10th place finish is not a limit of their ability but the start of a ‘Golden Era’ at the club, Steve Bruce made a statement and has splashed out. The ex-Manchester United man brought in experienced defenders Wes Brown and John O’Shea during a raid at his old club. He has also brought in ‘keeper Keiren Westwood and made Elmohamady’s loan move permanent.

…the top 6 and a good cup run may be the on the cards for the Black Cats.

To strengthen the midfield he paid £5million for Craig Gardner who will hopefully bring us a lot more goals in midfield along with David Vaughan and free signing Seb Larsson. After the depature of Bent and Welbeck it was vital we brought in some strikers so Bruce got the cheque book out and attracted English youngster Connor Wickham to the club for a fee potentially rising to £13million. To play alongside Wickham and Gyan, Korean star Ji Dong-Won (who has the ability to leap like a salmon!) has been brought in too. So after making a statement with their summer spending, Europe, the top 8 and a good cup run may be the on the cards for the Black Cats. Some derby-day joy would be nice too. @safcrock

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Since that unbelievable day at Wembley in May I have been pinching myself throughout the summer, still trying to get to grips with the fact that Swansea are in the Premier League! It was only 8 seasons ago that we had to win on the last day of the season to avoid relegation from League 2, and what has happened since then has been nothing short of remarkable.

The players will be eager to prove they have what it takes to perform at the very top level.

For the last couple of seasons, the Swans have been quoted as the best footballing team outside the Premier League, so will the fluid passing and patient possession style also work in the PL? Not sure but the signings made by Brendan Rodgers suggests that the style won’t change, as all tend to be backup/competition to the existing squad.

Danny Graham, who was last year’s Championship top scorer for Watford became our record signing at £3.5m. Also signed are fellow striker Leroy Lita, Wayne Routledge, Stephen Caulker and ‘keeper Jose Moreira from Benfica. So no huge names, but the squad now contains several players in their early/mid-twenties who are on the upward curve, and will be eager to prove they have what it takes to perform at the very top level. Scott Sinclair showed real class last year and was ice cool from 12 yards at Wembley so make sure you include him in your fantasy squads!

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No real movement from Spurs in the transfer market so far, which makes a change to previous seasons. We have bought one or two promising youngsters but we really need some proven top class players if we are to challenge the top four. Our squad is currently too big but we will struggle to sell players on as Daniel Levy often wants too much money and clubs know we have to sell so can drive the prices down.

Last season proved one thing; we need a new striker, in particular one who can play alongside Rafael Van der Vaart. A new ‘keeper would be a welcome addition too. We have signed Brad Friedal but I don’t think he is the perfect solution.

Spurs need to keep hold of Luka Modric and make some big name signings to show their intent.

The fans started to lose a bit of faith in ‘Arry last season as he didn’t know what his best team/formation was and we lost too many games, especially ones we should be picking up points in. Spurs need to keep hold of Luka Modric and make some big name signings to show their intent. We should be looking at what Man City achieved last year with a bit of ambition; a top 3 finish, the FA Cup and a half decent run in Europe. All in all I don’t feel as positive as I did the last couple of seasons but I hope they can at least compete with the top 5 as the Premier League title should be a lot tighter this season. @GJB26

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Roy Hodgson got off to a great start at WBA, joining in February and losing only 2 of his 12 games in charge to guide the Baggies to 11th place in the PL, our highest finishing position in 30 years. Fans will expect the gaffer to equal this, and if possible, improve on it. Most fans believe that he is the one to turn us into an established Premier League name, and are likely to be happy with another mid-table finish this term. But seeing what Hodgson can do in 4 or 5 months leads many to wonder exactly what he could pull off in a full season, and I believe something big could be on the cards.

…I believe something big could be on the cards.

Transfer activity at West Brom is known to usually be quite dry for a while and there are no exceptions this year. The club have been surrounded by rumours, but have only pulled off 2 signings thus far in Gareth McAuley from Ipswich, and Billy Jones from Preston. While these signings are positive, fans (me included) plead for Premier League quality, especially in the back line, where we are weakest. Hodgson has confirmed his interest in a number of players, namely Owen Hargreaves, Zoltan Gera, Robert Green and Ben Foster. Most people see Green as another goalkeeping flop, but I and other Baggies’ fans see Ben Foster as the man to replace Scott Carson at the club.

Strikers are also an area in which Albion are short of quality, and the most welcomed rumour so far is that of Shane Long, but with an £8m price tag, we’ll struggle to justify that sort of cash.

Personally, along with many other Albion fans, I am eager to see more signings, but I am also patient and willing to wait, for Hodgson has revealed he is planning some big-name signings. @WBA_Fan

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As a loyal Latics fan for 25 years, firstly I must say how proud I am of our Premier League status. Although we have lost Charles N’Zogbia, I still think we can make it 8 seasons if we can manage to get more men in the box when the chances come our way. With the addition of a decent attacking midfielder, a strong centre half and a striker who can net us a dozen goals or more we will have enough to stay up again.

…if (the manager) gets it right we should have enough to be safe for at least one more year.

Roberto Martinez’s history in the transfer market is patchy to say the least, but if he gets it right in that department, we should have enough to be safe for at least one more year and continue to live the Premier League dream!

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I fancy Wolverhampton Wanderers to finally cement their Premier League status this season, finishing in the top half of the table with good results to accompany it. Mick McCarthy knows that this season the fans expect more from him, hence two new major summer signings in Jamie O’Hara and Roger Johnson.

I fancy Wolves to finish in the top half of the table.

O’Hara already proved himself to be a fans favourite last year, but this new season we expect to see great things from the central midfielder. Johnson’s reputation of being a strong centre half also needs to be maintained, as well as ensuring that he remains passionate despite playing under in gold & black as opposed to a royal blue shirt! @pantsmilldingle

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