As has so often been proven, making pre-season predictions about league football is the most certain way for a journalist, blogger or pundit to make an absolute fool of themselves. Placing your words and reputation on the line before a ball has been kicked is, in 90% of cases, a true recipe for disaster.
Fans need to realise, particularly where David Moyes is concerned, you genuinely won't get much better. You should be so lucky to have someone as good as he is.
Last season, Allardyce's West Ham touched the top four until their confidence vanished after Christmas. The task for Bilic is now maintaining the momentum and attractive style of football that has propelled them to within two points of the top of the table - but Bilic certainly looks up to the task.
It was during a recent Premier League encounter that a group of the home fans discussed whether or not calling someone a "tart" for remaining on the g...
Smalling has historically struggled on some big occasions, but at 25, it finally looks as though he has developed a leadership mentality for Van Gaal. Unlike this time a year ago, he can be entrusted with the responsibility of stopping United's bitter rivals and in a game that could wrestle the momentum away from the Blue half of Manchester...
Arsenal are back. After 11 years without a Premier League title, the Gunners are finally in a position to challenge once more and return to the summit of English football. They're second in the table, the British press and television pundits are purring and it's only a matter of time before Arsene Wenger has his hands firmly on the trophy again, right? Wrong!
Fantasy football managers take many forms. There are those that go top heavy, goal-hungry obsessives - the Kevin Keegans. Then there are the managers that take the careful approach when building their fantasy football team. Beginning at the back with a well thought-out and solid defence - the Tony Pulis' of fantasy football management.
Eden Hazard has some serious improving to do - with both his performances and his attitude - even if he's to enter the conversation as one of the world's best players, and he's going to need to step things up if he's actually to be deemed worthy of stepping in to the shoes of Cristiano Ronaldo in the Spanish capital.
As an Anglo-Scot currently living in a Australia the results of the Rugby Union World Cup quarter finals doesn't surprise me. Granted Scotland should really have beaten Australia, which would have been a wonderful poke in the eye for the other Northern Hemisphere teams, but really an all Southern Hemisphere semi finals says a lot not just about rugby but the influence that wealth has on talent, organisations and societies.
It's not a "well, somebody has to go down, even if they don't really deserve it" situation either. There are an awful lot of mediocre teams in this division right now, and most of them are bordering on outright bad.
Rooney loves the big matches. But he's simply not delivering in them. And to boot, he's only scored four times in 18 appearances against his boyhood side. It's the time now to try something different, in order to get United's number ten back firing in the long-term.
Klopp outlined a target of winning the Premier League by 2019, suggesting he's been assured of having time to build a side with which to achieve it. In the unlikely event he does manage to pull it off, it will be far from how typically deluded fans are envisioning it.
Mourinho finds himself in perhaps his most testing time as a manager, but, more than ever, he needs his players to show exactly why they are champions and stop hiding from the cataclysmic disaster that is their current campaign.
Almost every single traditional reason to cover Sherwood could be applied better elsewhere. Villa have had bad results? Well, Sunderland are bottom of the table without a win. They spent a lot of money this summer? Let me just show you Liverpool's balance sheet this summer. He says wacky things in the press? You've clearly yet to be introduced to a man called Jose Mourinho...
This is largely the same side which has fallen short two seasons in a row now, and in the few years before then didn't come close at all. Arsenal may be contenders now, they may still be in February. But come May 2016, when it matters the most, will Arsenal really be in a position to challenge History suggests not.
With every passing season, it seems like peaks and troughs in form are played for more and more importance. A run of wins means that a team is on a charge to the title, but a single draw means that the run has ended, they've been found out, they'll be lucky to finish in the top four... You know the deal.