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EPL in 2009-10: 'Far More Than Fergie vs. Rafa'

With ESPN picking up the UK rights to broadcast the English Premiership for the 2009-10 season, perhaps it's only fair that we let ESPN Soccernet senior editor John Brewin and fellow "experts" to express their opinions and post their predictions about all things EPL as the eagerly-awaited campaign kicks off tomorrow.

With the new season comes added historical drama, with Manchester United and Liverpool potentially "battling to be the first team to reach 19 titles," with ManU trying to "make it four in a row for the first time ever, while Liverpool can end 20 years without a league title." But it won't be easy for either club, he points out, as "both of last season's top two have suffered troubled [offseasons]" including losses of key players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez, and Xabi Alonso and Sami Hyppia, respectively.

With Chelsea and Arsenal remaining mostly stagnant over the Summer, "it is (Manchester) City who provide the burning question of the preseason; can their free spending bridge what looked to be the great divide in the Premier League?" With the cash-rich club "capturing players from what look to be their immediate competitors," Brewin suggest "a cool £78m [$130 million] says they might just do it."


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