PREMIER LEAGUE KICK OFF: FANS HAVE THEIR SAY.
Who will win the title? A couple more players and it could be our first proper challenge for the league in a while.
LIVERPOOL Dave Usher, editor of The Liverpool Way fanzine and website: Hopes for the season.
All I can hope for is improvement on last season. Top four would be nice but seems a little unrealistic unless we add more quality. So an improvement on our league position and another cup in the trophy cupboard are what I''m hoping for.
Star man? Impossible to look beyond Suarez.
Gerrard could have a say if he can stay fit, but Suarez carries the majority of the attacking burden. Who'll win the title? Has to be Man City.
Having won it last year they''re under less pressure now.
QPR Paul Finney, Independent R''s fanzine: Hopes for the season.
Staying in this league was so vital for us and we did it. Never in a million years could we have seen such an influx of great players. Some fans talk of Europe, but all I want is a cup win and a top-15 place will do me.
Star man? Last season, that was easy. This season we have many to pick from, but I think Park will play a huge role for us, and with Adel and Faurlin at the club he will be pushed all the way.
Who'll win the title? I think it is for Man City to lose it.
SWANSEA Nigel Davies, A Touch Far Vetched fanzine: Hopes for the season? No two ways about it, staying in the Premier League is the aim again. It''s crucial for the development of the club. Michael Laudrup has taken excitement to a whole new level with the quality he has signed. I''m backing the Swans to equal, if not better, last season''s achievements. Star man? Centre-half Chico Flores. Strong, aggressive and a sweet range of passing. Who'll win the title? I like what Chelsea have done in the transfer market.
ASTON VILLA Jonathan Fear, editor of Vital Villa website: Hopes for the season? To see us play better, more attacking football and for our players to actually look interested. Not much to ask for is it? I'm up for a cup run and a top-eight finish.
Star man? New midfielder Karim El Ahmadi got good reviews in pre-season and if we give him the supply, Darren Bent will bang in 20 goals.
Who will win the title? Not so much who will win the league any more is it? Just who will buy it. With the money City have spent, they could dominate the next decade.
MAN CITY Ric Turner, editor of bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk: Hopes for the season.
Our main objective this season is to defend the league title. Hopefully we''ll have a prolonged run in the Champions League too, after failing to make the knock-out stages last term. Star man? Sergio Aguero. I have a feeling he may surpass his 30 goals of last season, now he is more familiar with the English game and City''s style of play. Who'll win the title? I have to say City, but it will be close with Chelsea and United.
READING Tom Hearn - Reading fan: Hopes for the season? There is just one aim this season: survival. Having only just come up, there is no expectation that we can get anywhere above 15th or 16th. Star man? I believe our star man will be the same as last season, Australian goalkeeper Adam Federici, with his presence in goal, the way he commands his area and his acrobatic saves.
Who'll win the title? Manchester United will just about see off their local rivals City this season, but the Blues will push them all the way.
TOTTENHAM Wyart Lane, of My Eyes Have Seen The Glory: Hopes for the season? To finish fourth again would be great, but I imagine that some other teams might have something to say about that. It is difficult to predict when the summer transfers haven''t been completed yet, but realistically, pushing for fourth with fifth the most likely position.
Star man? Gareth Bale could be key ... unless Charlie Adam gets near him. Other than that, look out for Steven Caulker. Who'll win the title? It will be between United and City again, despite all the money Chelsea have spent.
CHELSEA Kelvin Barker, Chelsea FC author: Hopes for the season? It would be nice to have a settled season without any off-field dramas, and to see us challenge again for the Premier League title.
Star man? There is a lot of talk about Hazard and Oscar, but both are still young.
Ramires was outstanding last season and I would expect him to excel again.
Who will win the title? The team that finishes above Manchester City will win the league, and I believe that we are the only side in with a realistic chance of doing that.
MAN UNITED Andy Mitten, author and editor of United We Stand: Hopes for the season.
That the Glazers go. On the field, fewer injuries could help United win a 20th league title. A good run in Europe too. Last season was a let-down on the continent, because the team lacked enough experience.
Star man? You want one? Paul Scholes. There''s excitement about Shinji Kagawa. Antonio Valencia''s surges down the wing make him a crowd favourite. Robin van Persie can be a star at OT.
Who'll win the title? City''s squad might be too strong.
SOUTHAMPTON Chris Rann, George Weah''s Cousin website: Hopes for the season? We aren''t here to make up the numbers, we have an ambitious chairman and manager, probably the best youth set-up in the country and a talented squad. I think we will finish between 10th and 17th.
Star man? Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana, our key players for the last couple of seasons, but our team dynamic is more important. Watch out for James Ward-Prowse and Luke Shaw too. Who'll win the title? I can''t see past the Manchester clubs and Chelsea.
WEST BROM Steven Carver, West Brom fan: Hopes for the season.
Another mid-table finish will be nice along with a decent cup run and finishing top Midlands club. Much depends on whether the untried Steve Clarke has what it takes to be a manager.
Star man? James Morrison and Shane Long.
Ben Foster is a top-class goalkeeper while Argentine midfielder Claudio Yacob and Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku appear excellent signings. Who'll win the title? Chelsea have made some good additions and could push the Manchester clubs all the way.
EVERTON Steve Jones of bluekipper.com: Hopes for the season.
With Everton having completed the permanent signing of Steven Pienaar and managing to keep most of the rest of the squad at Goodison Park, then I''m hopeful of a top-six finish for David Moyes' men and maybe a trophy in the cabinet.
Star man? If striker Nikica Jelavic keeps on scoring like he did last season for us, then it looks like he''ll be Everton''s star man during the forthcoming season. Who will win the title? I think it will be Manchester City who will win the title once again.
NEWCASTLE Mark Jenson, editor themag.co.uk: Hopes for the season? We have to aim to match or better last season's fifth place and have a real go at the cup competitions. As the players proved last season with wins against Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool they are capable of beating anybody on their day.
Star man? Tim Krul and Papiss Cisse will mainly be responsible for saving and scoring goals.
Who'll win the title? Not really interested but there's a very good chance they'll have 'Manchester' in the name.
STOKE CITY Cameron Trent, Stoke City fan: Hopes for the season.
To finish higher than the 14th place we made last season. The Europa League hurt our domestic form but I still want to see European footy back at the Britannia. However, a lack of decent signings this summer has left many fearing we'll be embroiled in a relegation scrap, especially given our punishing opening fixtures.
Star man? Peter Crouch will again be our main goals threat. Michael Owen is a transfer target, but does he still have what it takes? Not sure.
Who'll win the title? United will bounce back to pip Man City.
WEST HAM Gordon Thrower, deputy editor kumb.com: Hopes for the season.
A good solid start in our first season back in the top flight with no relegation fears. Football of the sort we saw in the last quarter of last season would be nice too.
Star man? Difficult to tell before the window closes. Vaz Te will be looking to prove he has Premier League quality after a false start to his English career. Who'll win the title? Having broken their duck Man City will be more composed this season.
FULHAM David Lloyd, editor of There's Only One F in Fulham fanzine: Hopes for the season.
A top-half finish and a decent cup run should be well within our grasp. While the Clint Dempsey to Liverpool story just won't go away, Martin Jol's quiet revolution is continuing and, with a sprinkling of luck, we can definitely look upwards. Star man? Moussa Dembele could be the key to a sparkling season - if he stays! New boy Mladen Petric will score if he gets the service. In midfield Diarra takes over Murphy's holding role. Who will win the title? Manchester United will regroup to pip City.
NORWICH Mike Reynolds, Norwich City Supporters Trust Hopes for the season? After finishing higher than most expected last season, this season was always going to be a challenge, especially since much of the success was placed at the feet of Paul Lambert, who has upped sticks for Aston Villa. Most fans are happy with replacement Chris Hughton, and would be happy with 17th, ensuring a third Premier League season.
Star man? Hopefully it will be Johnny Howson and then on to the England team. Who'll win the title? Money... sorry, Man City.
SUNDERLAND Daniel Smith - A Love Supreme fanzine: Hopes for the season.
A top-half finish is a must after last season's average campaign.
Consistency seems to be one of our biggest problems in previous seasons, which seems to affect the players, so hopefully we can improve on that front. A good cup run wouldn't go amiss either.
Star man? If we keep hold of him, it's got to be Stephane Sessegnon. His ability brings out the best in other players. Who'll win the title? Man United will edge it.
WIGAN Jason Taylor, of Wigan Athletic Supporters Club: Hopes for the season? Quite simply to start off where we left last season. We seem to be keeping the same squad that drilled out those tremendous results in the final quarter of last term and so a continuation of that from would be superb.
Star man? We have signed Frazer Fyvie and Ivan Ramos who are both very handy.
Who'll win the title? The only challengers to Manchester City will be Man United again.
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|Publication:||Daily Post (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Aug 18, 2012|
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