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Our team of esteemed pundits predict who will be the big winners and losers with the new season set to get under way on Saturday

Will Manchester City retain their Premier League crown? Could Robin van Persie inspire Manchester United to the title? Are Southampton set to avoid the drop and could Real Madrid claim Champions League glory?

These are the burning questions on the lips of football supporters and, with just one day to go until the big kick-off in England's top flight, Goal.com's team of editors and correspondents are on hand to offer up their predictions for the new season...

THE PREDICTIONS
 










Layla Anna-Lee
Goal Line Presenter

Top Four
1. Manchester City
2. Chelsea
3. Manchester United
4. Arsenal

Relegation
18. QPR
19. Norwich
20. Southampton

Champions League winner
Barcelona

Europa League winner
Inter

FA Cup winner
Manchester United

League Cup winner
Sunderland

Player of the Year
David Silva

Young Player of the Year
Victor Moses or Eden Hazard

Manager of the season
Roberto Di Matteo

First manager to be sacked
Michael Laudrup

Premier League Golden Boot

Sergio Aguero

Ballon d'Or
Lionel Messi
Jonathan Birchall
Deputy Editor

Top Four
1. Manchester City
2. Manchester United
3. Tottenham
4. Arsenal

Relegation
18. Norwich
19. Wigan
20. Reading

Champions League winner
Real Madrid

Europa League winner
Atletico Madrid

FA Cup winner
Tottenham

League Cup winner
Manchester United

Player of the Year
David Silva

Young Player of the Year
Tom Cleverley

Manager of the season
Roberto Mancini

First manager to be sacked
Mark Hughes

Premier League Golden Boot

Sergio Aguero

Ballon d'Or
Cristiano Ronaldo
Stephen Darwin
Assistant Editor

Top Four
1. Manchester United
2. Manchester City
3. Chelsea
4. Tottenham

Relegation
18. Southampton
19. West Brom
20. Reading

Champions League winner
Barcelona

Europa League winner
Anzhi

FA Cup winner
Manchester City

League Cup winner
Arsenal

Player of the Year
Wayne Rooney

Young Player of the Year
Eden Hazard

Manager of the season
Sir Alex Ferguson

First manager to be sacked
Steve Clarke

Premier League Golden Boot

Sergio Aguero

Ballon d'Or
Cristiano Ronaldo
James Goldman
Deputy Editor

Top Four
1. Manchester United
2. Manchester City
3. Chelsea
4. Arsenal

Relegation
18. Swansea
19. Norwich
20. Reading

Champions League winner
Manchester City

Europa League winner
Inter

FA Cup winner
Chelsea

League Cup winner
Arsenal

Player of the Year
Yaya Toure

Young Player of the Year
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Manager of the season
Sir Alex Ferguson

First manager to be sacked
Sam Allardyce

Premier League Golden Boot

Wayne Rooney

Ballon d'Or
Cristiano Ronaldo
Jim Knight
Betting Editor

Top Four
1. Manchester City
2. Manchester United
3. Chelsea
4. Arsenal

Relegation
18. Swansea
19. West Brom
20. Norwich

Champions League winner
Barcelona

Europa League winner
Atletico Madrid

FA Cup winner
Manchester City

League Cup winner
Manchester United

Player of the Year
Sergio Aguero

Young Player of the Year
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Manager of the season
Nigel Adkins

First manager to be sacked
Mark Hughes

Premier League Golden Boot

Wayne Rooney

Ballon d'Or
Cristiano Ronaldo


Sam Lyon
Chief Editor

Top Four
1. Manchester City
2. Manchester United
3. Chelsea
4. Arsenal

Relegation
18. Wigan
19. Norwich
20. Reading

Champions League winner
Real Madrid

Europa League winner
Tottenham

FA Cup winner
Chelsea

League Cup winner
Manchester City

Player of the Year
Carlos Tevez

Young Player of the Year
Eden Hazard

Manager of the season
Roberto Mancini

First manager to be sacked
Sam Allardyce

Premier League Golden Boot

Sergio Aguero

Ballon d'Or
Cristiano Ronaldo


Chris Myson
Assistant Editor
Top Four
1. Manchester City
2. Manchester United
3. Chelsea
4. Arsenal

Relegation
18. West Brom
19. Wigan
20. Reading

Champions League winner
Real Madrid

Europa League winner
Tottenham

FA Cup winner
Arsenal

League Cup winner
Manchester United

Player of the Year
Shinji Kagawa

Young Player of the Year
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Manager of the season
Roberto Mancini

First manager to be sacked
Steve Clarke

Premier League Golden Boot

Sergio Aguero

Ballon d'Or
Cristiano Ronaldo
Richard Parry
Video Editor

Top Four
1. Manchester City
2. Manchester United
3. Chelsea
4. Tottenham

Relegation
18. West Ham
19. Wigan
20. Norwich

Champions League winner
Real Madrid

Europa League winner
Marseille

FA Cup winner
Tottenham

League Cup winner
Manchester United

Player of the Year
Vincent Kompany

Young Player of the Year
Oscar

Manager of the season
Brian McDermott

First manager to be sacked
Sam Allardyce

Premier League Golden Boot

Wayne Rooney

Ballon d'Or
Cristiano Ronaldo
Amar Singh
Managing Editor

Top Four
1. Manchester City
2. Manchester United
3. Arsenal
4. Chelsea

Relegation
18. West Brom
19. Aston Villa
20. Reading

Champions League winner
Real Madrid

Europa League winner
Bayer Leverkusen

FA Cup winner
Arsenal

League Cup winner
Tottenham

Player of the Year
Yaya Toure

Young Player of the Year
Eden Hazard

Manager of the season
Roberto Mancini

First manager to be sacked
Roberto Di Matteo

Premier League Golden Boot

Papiss Cisse

Ballon d'Or
Cristiano Ronaldo


Greg Stobart
Correspondent

Top Four
1. Manchester City
2. Manchester United
3. Arsenal
4. Chelsea

Relegation
18. West Brom
19. Wigan
20. Norwich

Champions League winner
Real Madrid

Europa League winner
Tottenham

FA Cup winner
Manchester City

League Cup winner
Liverpool

Player of the Year
Sergio Aguero

Young Player of the Year
Eden Hazard

Manager of the season
Roberto Mancini

First manager to be sacked
Steve Clarke

Premier League Golden Boot

Robin van Persie

Ballon d'Or
Cristiano Ronaldo
Wayne Veysey
Chief Correspondent

Top Four
1. Manchester City
2. Chelsea
3. Manchester United
4. Arsenal

Relegation
18. Stoke
19. Reading
20. Norwich

Champions League winner
Real Madrid

Europa League winner
Napoli

FA Cup winner
Liverpool

League Cup winner
Arsenal

Player of the Year
Sergio Aguero

Young Player of the Year
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Manager of the season
Sam Allardyce

First manager to be sacked
Steve Clarke

Premier League Golden Boot

Sergio Aguero

Ballon d'Or
Lionel Messi

PREDICTIONS IN NUMBERS

Can Roberto Mancini guide Manchester City to back-to-back Premier League titles? Well nine of Goal.com's editorial team are convinced that they can repeat last season's heroics while just two believe Manchester United are capable of wrestling back the crown from their rivals.

Despite the arrival of new manager Brendan Rodgers, and the signings of the likes of Joe Allen and Fabio Borini, none of the Goal.com team are predicting Liverpool to secure a top-four finish with both Manchester clubs, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham the five tipped to contest the Champions League spots.

After his impressive debut season in the Premier League, Sergio Aguero has been widely tipped to hit top form again at the City of Manchester Stadium with 55% of Goal.com editors tipping the Argentine to win the golden boot this season.

A massive 82% predict that a member of the Manchester City squad will win the Player of the Year award with the likes of Aguero, Carlos Tevez, Yaya Toure and Vincent Kompany being championed by our team of experts.

At the other end of the table, just two of our panel believe that all three of the newly-promoted clubs, Reading, Southampton and West Ham, will survive the drop while six out of 11 are adamant that Brian McDermott's Reading will drop back down to the Championship.

None of the Goal.com editors have tipped Chelsea to regain their Champions League crown with just one tipping an English club to be triumphant in the form of Manchester City. The majority, a massive seven out of 11, are backing Real Madrid to be crowned kings of Europe while, perhaps surprisingly, just three are throwing weight behind Barcelona.

New arrivals to the Premier League feature in our list with just under half predicting that Eden Hazard will claim the Youth Player of the Year award following his big-money move to Chelsea, while one editor has backed new Manchester United signing Shinji Kagawa to make a big impression and claim the Player of the Year title.

HAVE YOUR SAY

Who do you think will be the big winners and losers of the 2012-13 season? Which expert's predictions do you agree with most and who has got it alll wrong? Get involved in the debate, vote in our poll and give us your own verdict by leaving a comment below!

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