All set for the big kickoff - Who will win?

The English Premier League season is back with the promise of another mouthwatering nine months of action. MetroSport will be bringing readers closer to the action with weekly insights and predictions from our in-house pundits. For a start, we bring you our columnists’ picks and hopes for the coming season and tips from corporate, radio and tv personalities.

1) Devils to kickstart my heart 

2) All eyes on Reds new signings

3) Happy days are here again . . . we hope

4) Citizens hungry for silverware

5) Blues are sure to cruise

Views from the supporters: 

Henrik Juel Andersen - Carlsberg Malaysia and Singapore Regional CEO

Supports: Liverpool

EPL Champion: Liverpool –

The Reds will win the league because there’s a great winning spirit in the team – they’re working as a team, they’ve got excellent players and they are supported by the best fans around the world and “...probably the best beer in the world”.

Bruce Dallas - Guinness Anchor Berhad Marketing director

Supports: Arsenal

EPL Champion - Arsenal -

For the first time in a long time, Arsenal has a strong chance of winning the Premiership.

The recent signing of Peter Cech has given a boost of confidence to the whole team.

Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai – Star Media Group Bhd Group Managing Director and CEO Supports: Arsenal

EPL Champion: Arsenal - With a settled squad and finally a decent goalkeeper in Cech, things are looking good for the Gunners.

Azura Zainal - Red FM producer and announcer

Supports: Man Utd

EPL Champion: Man Utd - We have a fantastic bunch of players who work together as a team, to achieve one dream, which is to win!

Tan Sri Tony Fernandes – AirAsia CEO

Supports: None in the EPL, QPR in the Championship

EPL Champion: Arsenal - They are a good side and play entertaining football. They also deserve to win because they have also shown their loyalty to their manager Arsene Wenger.

Tan Sri Liew Kee Sin – EcoWorld Development Group Bhd chairman

Supports: Liverpool

EPL Champion: Arsenal - They have a very good manager who deserves to win the league.

Datuk Seri Nazir Razak -

CIMB chairman

Supports: Chelsea

EPL Champion: Chelsea -

Last year’s champions will be one year more experienced. Though there is a risk that the striking positions lacks strength in depth, there is a good crop of young players coming through into the first team.

Dollah Salleh - National Football Coach

Supports: None

EPL Champion: Chelsea - I dont have any favourite team but I think Chelsea can still retain the title.

Ross Yusof - Radio Personality and Football Commentator

Supports: Man Utd

EPL Champion: Chelsea -

Hard to see past Chelsea winning the title. Mourinho is a master when it comes to motivating his team.

Stanley Bernard - Football Pundit

Supports: Man Utd

EPL Champion: Arsenal - Looks like they have checked mate the league with Petr Cech.

Kanesan Veluppillai - Scomi Engineering Bhd CEO

Supports: Arsenal

EPL Champion: Arsenal -

They have closed a major gap by getting a quality goalkeeper and they also have the best midfield in the league.

Paul Gibbons - Sports Direct Malaysia Managing Director

Supports: Newcastle United

EPL Champion: Arsenal - Don’t hold your breath for Tottenham and I don’t see Chelsea retaining the title – the trophy will stay in London, so it’s got to be the Gunners, they looked impressive last weekend and are raring to go.

Bill Lisle - AIA Group Regional Chief Executive

Supports: Newcastle United

EPL Champion: Manchester United - Louis Van Gaal is well-placed to win a first Premiership crown, especially after having splurged on new players like Shweinsteiger, Schneiderlin and Depay – these lads are exactly what the Red Devils need to take them to victory this season.

Thomas Wong - AIA Bhd Chief Marketing Officer

Supports: Tottenham Hotspur

EPL Champion: Arsenal - They’ve got a fantastic team on paper – they’re strong up front with Alexis, Giroud and Welbeck and they’re well-staffed at the back with new goalkeeper Petr Cech and strong defenders like Monreal, Koscielny and Mertesacker, not forgetting top-class midfielders like Carzola and Ozil – they’re set to be at the top of their form this season.

JJ - Red FM Announcer

Supports: Man Utd

EPL Champion: Man Utd - A club with a rich history and attacking style of play. And this year we have depth in the squad.

Linda Onn - Suria FM Announcer

Supports: Arsenal

EPL Champion: Arsenal - Because they’re simply the best and nothing less! Plus we have No.17 - Alexis Sanchez!

Roshan Thiran - Leaderonomics CEO

Supports: Everton

EPL Champion: Chelsea - The heart is convinced Everton will overcome great odds (and the fact that they have spent the lowest amongst the league teams) and win the title …. Yet the head says Chelsea!

Kavin Jay - Red FM Announcer

Supports: Man Utd

EPL Champion: Chelsea or Arsenal - Chelsea will surely be contenders because the team is preety much the same as last season and Falcao is a great addition to the squad. On the other hand, Arsenal will be a team to watch because the team is now equipped with a proper goalkeeper and not a cartoon one and if they keep up their pre-season form then they will be head and shoulders above everyone.

Datuk Jespal Deol - Platinum NanoChem, CEO

Supports: Liverpool

EPL Champion : Liverpool - Because the right shade of Red will chase the Blues away.

Jake Abdullah - Astro Radio, CEO

Supports: Liverpool

EPL Champion: Liverpool - Judging from the buys pre-season, we have strengthened the squad in attack and defence. If Sturridge is match fit, we can go all the way.

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