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Football forecasts: 10 planners’ Premier League predictions

With the football season just around the corner we ask 10 top advisers for their predictions for the upcoming season.

Paul Richardson

Concept Financial Planning

Reigate-based Richardson is a devoted Chelsea fan and is backing the return of Jose Mourinho to boost the Blues’ chances of success over the coming season.

Richardson reckons the Special One could deliver Chelsea’s first title since 2010.

Paul Richardson

Concept Financial Planning

Reigate-based Richardson is a devoted Chelsea fan and is backing the return of Jose Mourinho to boost the Blues’ chances of success over the coming season.

Richardson reckons the Special One could deliver Chelsea’s first title since 2010.

Paul Cleworth

Wealth Matters

A lifelong Walsall fan, Cleworth is wary of being optimistic about his team’s fortunes.

‘I expect we will be involved in our traditional relegation battle’, he said.

Looking up from League One, Luton-based Cleworth tipped Manchester United to win the Premier League and Spanish giant Real Madrid to take the Champions League.

Alok Dhanda

Dhanda Financial

Dhanda, a die-hard Newcastle supporter, hopes that the Magpies can put a difficult last season behind them and climb the league over the next 10 months.

‘Hopefully we will gain a top 10 place’, he said.

Dhanda disagreed with Cleworth’s premiership predictions and backed the blue half on Manchester to take the title.

‘I think Manchester City will win the Premier League as they have a fantastic squad’, he said.

Andrew Merricks

Skerritts Chartered Financial Planners

Merricks, an upbeat Palace fan, is relishing life in the Premier League, not so much for the football but because it means he will no longer have to stay up until midnight watching the Football League Show.

Merricks backed the Eagles to survive in the top flight and recommended that all advisers supported smaller clubs, as it resulted in having more realistic expectations.

‘All advisers should support small clubs, because it makes you realistic’, he joked. He said United would win the league, with City finishing in second place.

Terry Bignall

Executive Advisory Services

Berkshire-based Bignall is a Gooner through and through, and is backing Arsenal to end an eight year trophy drought next season.

‘I think we will win at least one trophy’, he said.

Wayne Evans

Heron House Financial Management

Newport-based Evans has split his allegiances between three teams, Manchester United, and most controversially both Cardiff City and Swansea.

Evans backed United to finish in the top three under new manager David Moyes, and the Welsh rivals to avoid relegation.

Ross Yiend

Plutus Wealth Management

London-based Yiend predicted Manchester United would lift the premiership trophy for yet another year even though Alex Ferguson has stepped down.

‘I envisage that Manchester United will win the premiership again even though they’ve got a new manager. But it will be a close fought battle with Chelsea,’ he said.

Aston Villa fan Yiend backed the Villans to surprise a few people next season.

‘The black horse this year of course will be Aston Villa, I think we might do better than just above relegation this year.’

Nick Bamford

Informed Choice

Nick Bamford is so dedicated to Bristol Rovers that he cut his honeymoon short by three days so he could get to a game.

Despite his obvious love for the team, Bamford has a bleak outlook for the coming campaign.

‘It will be a story of two halves, as the pundits say – bad followed by even worse,’ he said. ‘But we are a fantastic club and I will always be loyal to them.’

Bamford’s son Martin has questioned his dad’s choice of team.

‘Martin came home from school one day when he was seven or eight and asked me why we supported Bristol Rovers when all of his friends supported Man United or Chelsea,’ he said. ‘I told him it was character building.’

Adrian Murphy

Murphy Wealth

Murphy is backing his fellow Scot David Moyes to lead Manchester United back to Premier League glory in his first season at Old Trafford.

‘I’m supporting Moyes because he’s Scottish and the club is pretty good if they can get so many good players, especially if they can get Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona- I think they will win the Premiership.’

Celtic fan Murphy wants the Glasgow club to have another good run in the Champions League, but backs Bayern Munich to take the trophy.

‘I’d love to say Celtic will win and we’ve got another qualifier tonight, so I have my fingers crossed. My heart says Celtic but sadly my head says Munich,’ he said.

Jason Witcombe

Evolve Financial Planning

Witcombe’s heart lies with his local team, Charlton Athletic, but he is tipping Manchester United to win the Premier League this season.

Witcombe said his support for Championship-side Charlton was a based on his location and his childhood social activities.

‘I support Charlton Athletics because they’re my local team and it was the first game I went to when I was a kid and most of my friends supported them, ‘ he said.

‘But we won’t win the Championship or the Premier League, we’re historically a second tier team and will always stay that way- we could be promoted but we’d spend too much money and be relegated.

‘The Premier League is quite interesting because there’s been lots of changes in management but I think Manchester United will win again- they’re very strong across all areas.’

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