The new English Premier League season is set to start on Saturday. A new season also means new players, new managers to look forward to. So here are 5 things that you can look forward to this season:
This will be the first year that the Premier League will see the use of goal-line technology. The Hawk-eye system has been installed in every EPL venue, with referee's wearing a watch that will beep every time the ball crosses the line. Hopefully one should see fewer blunders and less controversies this season
This year may not have seen any big name come to the EPL but certain transfers have raised a few eye brows. For example, Manchester City have spent 90 million pounds on new signings Stevan Jovetic, Alvaro Negredo, Jesus Navas and Fernandinho. Experts believe Tottenham have made the signing of the season in Spanish striker Roberto Soldado. Surprisingly United, Chelsea and Arsenal are yet to make a marquee signing. But that might change soon.
3)Reported big departures
Chelsea are looking at Manchester United's Wayne Rooney to fill their void up front, with United having already turned down 2 bids from the Blues. Arsenal are testing Liverpool's resolve with a bid in excess of 40 million pounds for Luis Suarez, while Real Madrid are set to shatter the transfer record by paying in excess of 80 million pounds for Tottenham's Gareth Bale.
The new season has brought in new managers too. The top 3 teams from last season have all changed managers. David Moyes replaces Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. Manuel Pellegrini takes over the reins at rivals Manchester City, while Jose Mourinho returns to Chelsea, the club he won 2 Premier League titles with.
1)Expert Chelsea favourites
But the biggest question is- Who will win the title this season? Experts such as Michael Owen, Jamie Carragher and former Arsenal defender Martin Keown have all backed Chelsea to win the Premier League this season. All three believe the blues just need a top class striker and that will be enough for them to land their 3rd EPL title under Mourinho.
Story first published on: Friday, 16 August 2013 15:51 IST