The 5 contenders this season are widely expected to be Man Utd, Arsenal, Newcastle, Chelsea and Liverpool. So as I am bored I decided to do a comparison of the teams player-by-player, to create a definitive starting XI.
Goalkeepers - Got to be Cudicini. Howard and Lehmann are untested, Dudek is prone to errors and Given is decent enough but not in Cudicini's league.
WINNER - CARLO CUDICINI
Left Back - By a whisker Wayne Bridge. As a Saints fan I had the priviledge of watching him last season and he is a much better defender than Ashley Cole (and he isn't a dirty bastard either which is a bonus). Riise blows hot and cold, Silvestre is solid and Andy Griffin is still young.
WINNER - WAYNE BRIDGE
Centrte Backs - Very easy this - it has got to be Sol Campbell and Rio Ferdinand. Hypia is a close third, John Terry is very overrated and isn't in the same league as the other three and like Jonathan Woodgate should be doing time at her Majesty's pleasure at the moment
WINNERS - SOL CAMPBELL/RIO FERDINAND
Right Back - Difficult one this - I'm going for Gary Neville. Glen Johnson looked good this week but is still relatively untested, Jamie Carragher is useless and Lauren tends to go AWOL too often. Neville is a good crosser and is dependable
WINNER - GARY NEVILLE
Left Midfield - spoilt for choice here, but Pires gets the nod over Giggs. Pires has match-changing ability. Duff is a decent player but a bit of a one-trick pony - a decent defence will minimise his impact. Kieron Dyer is again IMHO overrated and Liverpool don't even have a first choice left midfielder
WINNER - ROBERT PIRES
Centre Midfielders - The easiest choice here - Vieira and Scholes by a mile. Vieira is probably the best holding midfielder in the World and Scholes is a terrific attacking midfielder who scores a hatful too. Veron, Cole, Gerrard, Speed and Jenas aren't even close
WINNERS - PATRICK VIEIRA/PAUL SCHOLES
Now Becks has gone it is more open now, however I go for Harry Kewell due to his goalscoring and assists for Leeds last season.
WINNER - HARRY KEWELL
Strikers - come on boys, it's not even worth discussing this surely! Nobody even gets close to Van Nistelrooy and Henry!
WINNERS - THIERRY HENRY/RUUD VAN NISTELROOY
So our Premiership contenders X1 looks like this;
GK - Carlo Cudicini
- Wayne Bridge
- Rio Ferdinand
- Sol Campbell
- Gary Neville
- Robert Pires
- Patrick Vieira
- Paul Scholes
- Harry Kewell
CF - Ruud Van Nistelrooy
CF - Thierry Henry
Which gives us 2 Chelsea players, 4 Man Utd Players, 4 Arsenal Players and 1 Liverpool player.
Over to you guys!
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