Do you agree with our writers’ Premier League and Norwich City predictions?

Our writers are predicting a tricky season ahead for Norwich City, but do you agree with them? Leave your comments below.

Our writers are predicting a tricky season ahead for Norwich City, but do you agree with them? Leave your comments below.

•Richard Wood, EDP reporter and away season ticket holder


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'After surpassing all expectations last year, all the talk from the experts will be about avoiding that 'second season syndrome'.

'It was obviously a huge loss to lose Lambert, but Hughton has brought in some good players and competition for places will be strong. I think Norwich will flirt with the bottom three this year, but will finish safe in 16th place.'

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Champions: Manchester City

Norwich: 16th

Relegated: Southampton, West Brom and Swansea.

•Ian Clarke, EDP Dereham office community editor, Evening News columnist, City season ticket holder and lifetime fan

'I think City's squad is stronger than last year and I'm particularly excited about the arrival of Snodgrass and Turner. Howson is my tip for player of the season and I think we will see even more from him than last season as he flourishes in the centre of the park.

'The Canaries' success last season was built on overcoming their rivals in the lower half of the league – and that has to be a top priority again.

'Hughton will instill more solidity at the back and if you are hard to beat, you will survive. Scoring has been a problem in pre-season but I'm confident the net will bulge once the proper action starts. You don't get any points for goals in the friendlies.

'Away from Carrow Road, and the imminent arrival of RVP will give Man Utd the edge over the pack at the top – but it will be another nail biter. Fergie will be really fired up after being beaten by the mob from across the City last term and he will give it everything he has got. It will be equally as tight at the other end. Swansea without Brendan Rogers will struggle, Wigan's luck has to run out at some point and I think Reading may be the weakest of the new boys.

Champions: Manchester United

Norwich City: 15th

Relegated: Swansea, Reading, Wigan

•Robin Sainty, Independent Norwich City Supporters Club chairman, EDP columnist

'I expect us to finish roughly where we did last year. I think everybody is trying to second guess it at the moment by looking at the relative strength of other squads on paper, but if we had done that last year we wouldn't have had a hope in hell.'

Champions: Manchester City

Norwich: 12th/13th

Relegated: West Ham, Wigan, West Brom

•Chris Goreham, BBC Radio Norfolk commentator

'For a team like Norwich City every Premier League season is all about staying up and if the Canaries can stave off relegation again it will be a successful campaign.

'Chris Hughton was the standout choice to replace Paul Lambert and his record in charge at both Birmingham and Newcastle suggests he will be able to get the best out of the canaries squad.

'It's difficult to see a realistic chance of improving on last season's 12th place finish because getting into the Premier League's top ten demands the sort of funds Norwich City simply do not have.

'I'm certain the league title will end up in Manchester. Man City's title-winning triumph will have made Sir Alex Ferguson angry and the rest of the Premier League won't like him when's angry, particularly if he manages to get Rooney and Van Persie playing in tandem.

'The relegation picture is more difficult to call. Wigan, West Brom, Reading, Southampton and Swansea are all teams that Norwich ought to be looking to finish above if they are to stay up again.'

•Peter Raven from www.pinkun.com

'Chris Hughton looks to have tightened up at the back and the team has appeared a more solid unit in pre-season.

'Add Snodgrass to the mix in supporting the attack and there's no reason why Norwich City can't look forward to a third consecutive season in the Premier League.'

Champions: Manchester City

Norwich City: 14th

Relegated: QPR, Swansea, West Ham

•Paddy Davitt, EDP Sports writer

'City will survive again but the ride may well be bumpier second time around. The Canaries can no longer rely on the element of surprise.

'However, all the key players within the squad have stayed put over the summer and you back them to go out and prove they still have the same hunger and desire to beat the odds.

'Home form at Carrow Road is likely to be a key factor allied to how successful the transition is from Paul Lambert to a totally different character in Chris Hughton.

'Manchester City have the best squad of players and the positive experience of winning their first Premier League title last season, plus the unlimited spending power to go into the market for reinforcements in January.

'The only caveat is how much of a distraction the Champions League quest may become and whether Roberto Mancini prioritises European glory over domestic dominance.

'Wigan's luck has to run out eventually. Swansea have appointed an unproven continental manager and have now lost arguably their best player in Joe Allen to Liverpool.

'Southampton have a young squad and a devilishly difficult start to the season that may well leave them playing catch up.'

Champions: Manchester City

Norwich City: 15th

Relegated: Wigan, Southampton, Swansea

•David Freezer, EDP and Evening News reporter

'Even if Man Utd bring in Van Persie from Arsenal, I still think Man City will be too strong and will win the league comfortably.

'Southampton and West Ham should have the vital momentum to keep them playing well and clear of trouble - I would probably tip Saints' boss Nigel Adkins as an early shout for the manager of the year award.

'As for Norwich, I think we will continue to be reasonably consistent, as we have done very well to not just keep our squad together, but add to it as well.

'Promotion came too soon for a young Reading squad, Swansea have lost their manager and best players and Wigan's Premier League status will finally come to an overdue end.

'I also think West Brom will be worse than Norwich so Chris Hughton should just keep us at arm's length of the relegation battle, hopefully.'

Champions: Manchester City

Norwich City: 16th

Relegated: Wigan, Reading, Swansea

•David Powles, EDP and Evening News digital publisher, season ticket holder and NCFC columnist

'I think the key thing for Norwich over the summer has been that, so far at least, none of our best players have left.

'If anything the squad looks stronger than before. Furthermore, glance at the ins and outs of other clubs and I think there are a lot who will be entering the season feeling somewhat nervous.

'Clearly we don't know what impact Paul Lambert leaving will have or Chris Hughton coming in. It can only be a good sign, however, that Hughton is liked by fans wherever he has been'

Champions: Manchester United

Norwich: 13th

Relegated: West Ham, Wigan and Southampton

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