I jumped the gun on the poll, voted Liverpool like a muppet. The West Brom game was not a good start for us, our problem is the same as it has been for the last 5 years: we don't beat the teams we should beat. Three or four managers down the line, a new-look squad, that still hasn't changed. I question whether we'll get champions league football this season, I hope we come close, but the truth is - no points on the board going into three more potential nightmare games against City, United and Arsenal (I think) - we could be chasing far too early to stand a chance of CL. Hopefully others will slip in the coming weeks too. But I think the difference between when Liverpool lose to a team like that (no disrespect to West Brom) and when any other side from the top 7/8 goes down for a surprise defeat, is that Liverpool get out-passioned every time - we rarely even shoot ourselves in the foot with bad decisions and what not, we just don't seem to display the hunger of a team who actually wants to win week in week out. I don't think either penalties should have been given, I think Agger going off for his tackle is ridiculous, but eh - these are all minor issues compared to our overall mentality. We just don't know what it means to be a big club in the prem anymore.
I think United will reclaim the title if they keep their front-men healthy, City if either Rooney or VP get injured for a spell. I see Chelsea as the nearest contenders to the Manchester lot, mainly because of their decent signings off the back of the CL win. Hazzard looks to be a prem star in the making, and Brazilians will be Brazilians. I think Chelsea will be more tenacious this season. Outside of those 3, I'd say all the remaining top-end sides (Arsenal, Spurs, Liverpool, Newcastle, Everton) could clinch the last CL spot. I'd love Liverpool to clinch it, my gut says Newcastle or Arsenal.
Nice to see Southampton up, I was born there but moved when I was young so I don't feel much of a affiliation with them. Good to see they gave City a game, but no one will have expected them to get anything so only encouraging signs.
Not sure who'll go down. In the CL my favourites are Real, followed by City and Barca.