Premier League 2014-15 predictions: The Independent's experts run the rule over the new campaign

Predictions for the 2014-15 season

The Independent's team of football writers and experts make their choices on the top four, bottom three, top scorer, best and worst transfers, manager of the season, the next man to go and the European champions.

Sam Wallace, Chief Football Correspondent

Top four Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool

Bottom three Sunderland, Leicester, Burnley

Top scorer Diego Costa

Best transfer Diego Costa

Biggest flop Philippe Senderos

Manager of the season Jose Mourinho

Second managerial departure (after Tony Pulis) Gus Poyet

Champions League winners Barcelona Jose Mourinho called Diego Costa 'a bargain' after seeing him score twice on his home debut Sam Wallace says Diego Costa will end up top scorer

Ian Herbert, Northern Football Correspondent

Top four Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool

Bottom three Sunderland, Burnley, West Bromwich

Top scorer Sergio Aguero

Best transfer Eliaquim Mangala

Biggest flop Didier Drogba

Manager of the season Manuel Pellegrini

Second managerial departure Paul Lambert

Champions League winners Bayern Munich Drigba was forced off with an ankle injury after just 28 minutes Didier Drogba will be flop of the season, says Ian Herbert

Glenn Moore, Football Editor

Top four Chelsea, Arsenal, Man City, Man United

Bottom three Burnley, West Bromwich, Crystal Palace

Top scorer Diego Costa

Best transfer Muhamed Besic

Biggest flop Fernando

Manager of the season Jose Mourinho

Second managerial departure Alan Irvine

Champions League winners Manchester City Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini holds the Premier League trophy with captain Vincent Kompany Manchester City will win the Champions League this year, says Glenn Moore

Simon Hart, Football writer

Top four Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal, Man United

Bottom three West Bromwich, Leicester, Crystal Palace

Top scorer Sergio Aguero

Best transfer Harry Maguire

Biggest flop Brown Ideye

Manager of the season Sean Dyche

Second managerial departure Sam Allardyce

Champions League winners Real Madrid Sam Allardyce is targeting a fourth straight victory over Tottenham on Saturday Sam Allardyce could be the next manager out the door

Tom Peck, Football writer

Top four Chelsea, Man City, Man United, Arsenal

Bottom three Crystal Palace, Leicester, QPR

Top scorer Robin van Persie

Best transfer Bojan Krkic

Biggest flop Luke Shaw

Manager of the season Jose Mourinho

Second managerial departure Sam Allardyce

Champions League winners Bayern Munich Bojan Krkic scored another good goal for Stoke City - he now has three in three matches Bojan Krkic will pull a few surprises this season

Kevin Garside, Football writer

Top four Arsenal, Man City, Chelsea, Man United

Bottom three Burnley, West Ham, Leicester

Top scorer Alvaro Negredo

Best transfer Alexis Sanchez

Biggest flop Lazar Markovic

Manager of the season Louis van Gaal

Second managerial departure Alan Pardew

Champions League winners Bayern Munich Lazar Markovic signs for Liverpool Have Liverpool wasted their money on Lazar Markovic?

Jack Pitt-Brooke, Football writer

Top four Chelsea, Man City, Man United, Arsenal

Bottom three West Bromwich, Leicester, Burnley

Top scorer Sergio Aguero

Best transfer Cesc Fabregas

Biggest flop Shane Long

Manager of the season Louis van Gaal

Second managerial departure Sam Allardyce

Champions League winners Bayern Munich Alan Irvine will get his first taste of Premier League management with West Bromwich Albion West Brom could be set for relegation

Matt Gatward, Sports Editor

Top four Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool, Everton

Bottom three Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Burnley

Top scorer Diego Costa

Best transfer Cesc Fabregas

Biggest flop Luke Shaw

Manager of the season Roberto Martinez

Second managerial departure Sam Allardyce Romelu Lukaku is presented by Roberto Martinez as an Everton player following his £28m move Roberto Martinez will have another great year at Goodison Park

Champions League winners Manchester City

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