Matt Le Tissier shares his Premier League predictions
Soccer Saturday's Matt Le Tissier is tipping Chelsea for the top, Saints to surprise and Aguero to fire.
Last Updated: 06/08/13 11:14am
Matt Le Tissier will once again be joining Jeff Stelling and the boys every Saturday afternoon on Sky Sports News to bring you live updates from the big games - and the former Southampton ace kicks-off our series...
Who will win the title?
Chelsea. You can't underestimate the Jose Mourinho effect. He hasn't finished outside the top two in the last 10 years of whatever league he's been in and they've got some talented boys at Chelsea, as well. They played some decent stuff last season and I reckon they can make a big improvement this year.
Who will finish in the top four?
I reckon it will be the same four as last year: Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal joining Chelsea. I think it will be difficult for any of the other sides to break into that. Spurs will probably lose Gareth Bale and without him they won't be quite as a strong, while Liverpool aren't ready yet. I went for the Reds to finish sixth above Everton; I don't think they're quite good enough yet for the Champions League.
Who will get relegated?
The promoted sides from the Championship: Cardiff, Hull and Crystal Palace. It's a big gap between the two divisions. Plus, I was looking at the stats and neither Cardiff nor Hull had a single player score double figures in the league last season - and that is not going to keep you in the Premier League. I know Cardiff have brought in one centre-forward, Andreas Cornelius, but certainly the players Hull have brought in are not prolific goal scorers so I've gone for them to go down.
Who will be the surprise package?
Southampton will finish in the top 10. Okay, I'm slightly biased, obviously, but I predicted them to finish 14th last season and they did, so I thought if I went for them to finish top 10 they might just oblige again! Mauricio Pochettino has done pretty well since he joined. He's still looking to recruit another centre-forward - as are half the Premier League clubs - and hopefully there will be one big singing. But Victor Wanyama has come in after a decent season and hopefully he can adapt quickly, while centre-back Dejan Lovren has come in and that was a position we needed cover in, so we've strengthened that department.
Who will be top scorer?
Sergio Aguero. He had a great first season and was then a little quieter last season and had a bad injury, but he's an excellent player and he'll always score goals and be near the top of the standings. He'll be a maintstay of the team, City create enough chances and he's a decent finisher, so he will score a few.
Who is the best signing so far?
There are still some big transfers to go through, I'm sure, but I think Paulinho is a good signing for Spurs. He's what they needed and that was a good move by them. However, some of the most important signings are where clubs have convinced key players to stay. For instance, Christian Benteke handed in a transfer request and everyone thought he was going to go but Villa have managed to tie him down and that's a massive coup for them.
Who is your player to watch?
I always look towards the forwards, the likes of Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo at City. The Chelsea midfield as well, should be fascinating to watch. The three amigos, Oscar, Eden Hazard and Juan Mata will all get better this season and improve for last season's experiences. Then there's Dimitar Berbatov, a man after my own heart; he plays at his own pace and doesn't get rushed by those around him. He's good to watch.
Which young player should we look out for?
Luke Shaw at Southampton had a great debut season and signing him up on a long-term contract was great business. This will be his first full season in the first team and he will improve. Similarly the young lads at Aston Villa will have gained a lot from last season after avoiding relegation. Hopefully we'll see plenty of young talent - and plenty of young English talent - coming through.
Wish for the season?
My one wish for the season would be Gareth Bale stays at Spurs. I want to see the best players in the Premier League and he's certainly that. Hopefully we'll be able to watch him on Soccer Saturday all season.