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Despite one of the most successful ever Olympic campaigns for a British team, many diehard football fans will be eagerly awaiting the start of the new Premier League season.

The summer months are always difficult for football fans, many of whom may be wondering when the cricket will stop. The pathetic performance of Team GB’s footballers, who were knocked out on penalties by South Korea, provided no sustenance on this occasion!

That should not have been surprising considering that there were 13 English players in the GB Olympic squad, and England has the poorest record of all nations which have competed in more than three penalty shoot-outs. England fans already had to contend with the penalty shoot-out loss and quarter-final exit when England played Italy in Euro 2012.

But the beauty of football is that there is always another chance and attentions will turn to individual Premier League teams for the 2012/13 season.

The competition between the richest teams has become really intense, Manchester City won their first league title in 44 years beating Manchester United by goal difference, and Chelsea went on to win a the FA Cup and a Champions League Final.

There are also a number of great teams competing for the European spaces including Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Newcastle United. Tottenham must feel particularly hard done by to have claimed that precious fourth place, only to lose out to Chelsea thanks to their Champions League title. Nevertheless it is all up for grabs again with Chelsea having to completely rebuild their double-winning team due to ageing players moving on to pastures new.

Clubs such as Liverpool will believe they belong much higher than 8th, while Swansea City and Norwich City will be keen to avoid ‘second seasonitis’. Meanwhile newly promoted Reading, Southampton and West Ham United will be keen to emulate the performances of Norwich and Swansea, or in a less pleasant scenario, narrowly avoid the drop as Queen Park Rangers managed in the 2011/12 season.

MatchDayApp Team Predictions

Never ones to shy away from a prediction here at MatchDayApp:

  • Manchester United to win the Premier League, their 20th top-flight championship title.
  • Manchester City finish Premier League runners-up.
  • Chelsea to retain their FA Cup and a 3rd place finish in Premier League.
  • Tottenham 4th in Premier League again.
  • Arsenal’s trophy drought to end by winning the Capital One Cup.
  • Manchester City will end season without a trophy, but find themselves runners-up in most competitions, including a Champions League Final.
  • Fernando Torres to be Premier League top scorer.
  • The three relegated teams will be Norwich City, Reading and Wigan Athletic.

If you think different, please let us know in our comments section. And we hope you enjoy the new Premier League Season 2012/13 season as much as we do.

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