Can you believe it everyone? This week will feature the last Premier League matches of the 2014-15 season. Although we already know who the champions are, there is still something to be said for the fact that every match of Week 38 will be televised here in the USA. We've come quite a long way huh? Obviously, it would be a little more exciting if we had last minute championship drama, but there are still UEFA Champions League spots to be decided, as well as who's to be relegated.
Since this is the final week of play, I decided to hand out some awards, superlatives, whatever you want to call them, honoring the good, the bad, and the ugly of the 2014-15 season.
Most Improved Side: Southampton
Although they only may manage to finish one place above where they were last year, I don't think there is any denying how incredible Southampton's 2014-15 season was. Consistency obviously killed them in the end, but for a team that doesn't have the bank account that the usual contenders do, the fact that they hung in there all season and even upset some of the biggest teams in the league is extraordinary.
An argument could be made for other teams, especially Manchester United, but the Saints take home the title in my opinion. I can't wait to see what they bring next season.
Biggest Letdown: Everton FC
This was a tough one to decide on, since both Newcastle United FC and Aston Villa could fit the description as well. Even Liverpool was expected to be so much better than they actually were this season. However, the hopes for Everton going into this season were pretty high and whether they finish 10th or lower, it really doesn't matter, fans needed much more.
I am sure that during the off-season, Everton will do everything they can to make it right come 2015-16, but as the current season comes to a close, the Toffees will be left with nothing, but shaking heads.
Most Likely To Succeed Next Season: Arsenal FC
We've all been burned by getting to excited about Arsenal's potential, but I feel pretty comfortable saying that I do believe Arsenal will still be in contention for the title going down to Week 38 next season. I think both Manchester United and obviously Chelsea will be there as well, but Arsenal will be just a little more explosive..... Let's see if this prediction holds true when I am making predictions in August.
Best Players of the 2014-15 Premier League Season:
Eden Hazard and David De Gea
Not like these picks are really out of the box or exciting and there is that added dark cloud looming over both of them regarding where they will be playing next season. As for this season though, Eden Hazard and David De Gea stood out in my opinion as the best in the league.
"Promoted" Team Who Will Make The Biggest Impact Next Season: Norwich City
Ok, so I know this is going out on a limb, since Middlesbrough could beat them this week and then this prediction will have completely gone to trash, but I don't care, I am making it anyway.
Truth is, AFC Bournemouth actually look like they could make some news as well after a brilliant Championship season, but Norwich's recent history with the Premier League leads me to believe they will be prepared this time around.
Most Impressive Moment This Season: Chelsea FC Securing the Title Early
Pretty obvious right? When it all comes down to it, there may only be a few teams who are legitimate title contenders in a league that doesn't just make it rain, but makes it monsoon if a team thinks it will help them lift the trophy. However, it's tight among the elite and yet Chelsea got out and front and very, VERY rarely looked back.
Securing their Championship with a few weeks to spare was just the cherry on top for the Blues. "Boring" has never tasted so good.