We’ve teamed up with car mag EVO and RSRSpa to offer you the chance to win an amazing track day at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps! You’ll be speeding round the track in this Lotus Exige S240!
We’ve not been lucky enough to get behind the wheel of this bad boy but we’ve heard it goes like the wind and handles a DREAM!
PLUS check out this map of the circuit you’ll be getting to pit your driving skills against! Just you TRY to tell us it doesn’t look like the best prize ever!
If that isn’t enough we’re throwing in a Burton giftcard, so you can take a stylish wardrobe with you, not to mention a spare pair of chinos for after your laps… after watching this you’ll understand why mate!
Phew, now that’s got the adrenaline pumping head over to Facebook to enter the competition.
In anticipation for the start of the new season tomorrow, resident footie enthusiast Owen Morley has given his round-up of the season to come, INCLUDING final position predictions! Read on footie fans, read on!
At some point back in May, another Premier League season came to a close with the familiar sight of Manchester United and, arguably the greatest manager of all time, Alex Ferguson celebrating an astonishing 13th Premier League title in 20 years. However this was to be Fergie’s last act leaving an intriguing new era of top-flight football ahead. The Knowledge takes a look at the 20 teams vying for glory this season and picks out some of the players to keep an eye on….
8 wins in their last 10 league games, another season of Champion’s League football and no major player departures over the Summer. You would think Gunners fans would be optimistic about their chances but the continued lack of a marquee signing and 8 trophy less seasons have brought on a sense of deja vu at the Emirates. Boss Arsene Wenger knows how to work his squad but is this his final campaign before a swansong at Paris St Germain?
Prediction: 4th / Key Man: Santi Cazorla / One To Watch: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Villa arguably did the best bit of business in the pre-season by convincing prolific striker Christian “The Beast” Benteke to withdraw his transfer request and sign a new contract. The Belgian will be joined in attack by new Danish signing Nicklas Helenius and with a group of more confident youngsters plus the excellent Brad Guzan between the sticks behind them, Villa should find this season a much smoother ride.
Prediction: 13th / Key Man: Brad Guzan / One To Watch: Jores Okore
Malky Mackay’s men ended up winning the Championship at a canter to finally achieve promotion to the big time. They will find this season a lot tougher but have made some big money signings in the last month – none more so than the surprising capture of Steven Caulker from Tottenham. Veteran Craig Bellamy could be the key to securing the points that keep them up.
Prediction: 14th / Key Man: Mark Hudson / One To Watch: Kim Bo-Kyung
With Jose Mourinho back at the helm at Stamford Bridge, only a fool would completely rule out Chelsea regaining the Premier League crown. In the likes of Oscar, Eden Hazard, Ramires and superb Spaniard Juan Mata, the Blues have an incredibly talented midfield but do they have the striker to win the title? And is the potential mega-coup of Wayne Rooney the answer? The jury is out.
Prediction: 2nd / Key Man: David Luiz / One To Watch: Andre Schurrle
Up via the play-offs, Palace will be delighted to have Premier League football back at Selhurst Park. Wilfried Zaha is now permanently at Manchester United and last season’s top scorer Glenn Whelan is out injured leaving the scoring duties to £4.5m man Dwight Gayle and the evergreen Kevin Phillips. Bound to struggle but the Palace Crystal cheerleaders and Ian Holloway’s post-match interviews should at least entertain the neutrals.
Prediction: 20th / Key Man: Yannick Bolasie / One To Watch: Jonathan Williams
Much of Everton’s fortunes this season lie within (i) their ability to keep star players Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini plus (ii) the transition to the free-flowing, intricate passing game of new manager Roberto Martinez. Martinez has brought Arouna Kone and Antolin Alcaraz with him from Wigan to bolster the squad and shrewd loan acquisition Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona could make a big impact.
Prediction: 7th / Key Man: Steven Pienaar / One To Watch: Gerard Deulofeu
With Mohamed Al Fayed selling up and new owner Shahid Khan promising likeable coach Martin Jol some much needed funds, Fulham fans may be hoping for a season outside of mid-table mediocrity. Marauding right-back Sascha Riether is now permanently signed, Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekenleburg is the new No.1 and the aggressive Fernando Amorebieta should add some steel to the defence. Over-reliance on Dimitar Berbatov to get the goals remains a weakness.
Prediction: 12th / Key Man: Brede Hangeland / One To Watch: Alex Kacaniklic
Steve Bruce simultaneously proved the doubters wrong and restored his managerial credentials by returning Hull to the Premier League after a 3-season absence. While his summer signings may not have been the most exciting, most have a degree of top-flight experience and a point to prove – particularly Danny Graham following a woeful spell at rivals Sunderland. Watch out for ex-Manchester United academy player Robbie Brady, an assist machine with a great left peg.
Prediction: 19th / Key Man: Robert Koren/ One To Watch: Robbie Brady
How the mighty have fallen. Liverpool are no longer considered as legitimate title contenders and the on-going soap opera of star man Luis Suarez is damaging the reputation and tradition of what was England’s biggest club. Brendan Rogers’ January signing of Brazilian ace Phillipe Coutinho was his best business to date and expect Daniel Sturridge to post some good performances ahead of a World Cup year with England. If Suarez stays and behaves, it could yet be a return to good times at Anfield.
Prediction: 5th / Key Man: Phillipe Coutinho / One To Watch: Iago Aspas
Roberto Mancini out, Manuel Pellegrini in. A new manager at City means cash for new players and signings Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo were some of the most coveted talents in the world. Navas in particular could be the difference maker and might well be on the Player of the Year shortlist come May if he can adapt quickly. Add this to what was already a solid squad led by gritty captain Vincent Kompany and the influential David Silva and they stand clear favourites for the title.
Prediction: 1st / Key Man: David Silva / One To Watch: Jesus Navas
All eyes will be on David Moyes as he takes on the unenviable task of replacing Alex Ferguson and defending the Premier League title. His first real challenge appears to be convincing wantaway striker Wayne Rooney to stay at Old Trafford whilst securing a high profile signing to appease fans before the transfer window shuts. The quality in the Champion’s squad remains but dependency on Robin Van Persie to get the goals could be a factor if the Dutchman encounters a loss of form or old injuries return to haunt him.
Prediction: 3rd / Key Man: Robin Van Persie / One To Watch: Wilfried Zaha
Instead of news of exciting summer signings and ambitious league targets, Newcastle fans have had to welcome back controversial Director of Football Joe Kinnear and read about forward Papiss Cisse’s refusal to wear the Wonga-sponsored new kit. Getting Loic Remy in on loan may be an astute move but the Magpies were close to capitulating last year and whether boss Alan Pardew can co-exist with Kinnear is another issue entirely. Should hang on to their Premiership status, solely on points they accrue at the again re-named St. James’ Park.
Prediction: 17th / Key Man: Fabricio Coloccini / One To Watch: Loic Remy
Surprising to most but after spending the majority of the season flirting with relegation, Chris Hughton’s men racked up enough points to ensure mid-table safety whilst claiming the scalps of both Arsenal and Manchester United at Carrow Road. £8.5m record signing Ricky Van Wolfswinkel will be expected to rack up the goals to cover for Grant Holt’s departure but expect combative midfielder Leroy Fer to establish himself as a fan favourite, especially if his missus is sitting in the stands.
Prediction: 11th / Key Man: Ricky Van Wolfswinkel / One To Watch: Leroy Fer
Nigel Adkins’ dismissal halfway through last season seemed a tad unfair after guiding The Saints to back-to-back promotions but Mauricio Pochettino kept the club in the division and has won admiration for his playing style. Victor Wanyama looks a tad pricy at £12.5m after recent high profile SPL failures but the ever-improving Luke Shaw should only enhance his reputation as “the next Gareth Bale”. There might be a decent cup run in the team.
Prediction: 15th / Key Man: Rickie Lambert / One To Watch: Luke Shaw
Mark Hughes’ status as a Premier League level manager absolutely depends on his ability to achieve with the Potters. Any attempt to switch out of Stoke’s famous direct approach to any other style of play is not going to be easy, especially when considering the height of the forward line. Getting Marc Muniesa from Barcelona was a decent coup and striker Juan Agudelo already has 17 caps for the USA despite only being 20 years of age. However, there is still a lack of creativity and goals in the side and if they can’t score they won’t be collecting many points. Could go down.
Prediction: 18th / Key Man: Asmir Begovic / One To Watch: Marc Muniesa
The appointment of Paolo Di Canio caused a few eyebrows to be raised on Wearside but the 3-0 derby victory over Newcastle back in April and the eventual securing of Premier League safety means it’s clean slate time at the Stadium of Light. Di Canio has been extremely active in the transfer market, nailing down a £6.5m move for Italy international Emanuele Giaccherini and taking old team mate Modibo Diakite from Lazio. Jozy Altidore will want to prove he is a better player than his time with Hull. Sure to be an eventful season but Sunderland have enough to escape the drop zone.
Prediction: 16th / Key Man: Steven Fletcher / One To Watch: Jozy Altidore
Ninth in the Premier League and Capital One Cup victory was a fine achievement for Michael Laudrup in his first season at the Liberty Stadium. Most of this joy can be attributed to the bargain buy of Miguel Michu who is joined up front this year by £12m goal king Wilfried Bony. Don’t underestimate the capture of Jonjo Shelvey either. Under-utilised at Liverpool, Shelvey should be in for a lot more first team football and may just sneak the England squad next Summer. Swansea vs Cardiff should be tasty to say the least.
Prediction: 8th/ Key Man: Michu / One To Watch: Jonjo Shelvey
Over at White Hart Lane, Tottenham’s season depends entirely on whether they keep the outstanding Gareth Bale. Without him and his goals last season, Spurs would have finished mid-table as both Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor endured poor spells. Club record signing Roberto Soldado will be expected to chip in with 20+ goals, whilst midfielder Paulinho and the returning Sandro should form an all-action midfield partnership. Should challenge again for Champion’s League football but again likely to come up short.
Prediction: 6th / Key Man: Roberto Soldado / One To Watch: Danny Rose
West Bromwich Albion
Under the new stewardship of Steve Clarke, WBA got off to a flyer last season before appearing to run out of steam to end up finishing in 8th. Baggies fans should be happy with their transfer activity over the Summer – capturing the experienced Nicolas Anelka, Uruguay captain Diego Lugano and Matej Vydra who was an absolute revelation in the Championship.
Prediction: 9th / Key Man: Youssouf Mulumbu / One To Watch: Matej Vydra
West Ham United
Andy Carroll will get the perfect chance to repair his reputation and re-establish himself as a legitimate England centre forward following his long overdue exit from Liverpool. He is joined by Stewart Downing at a total cost of £20m, down from the £55m that was previously paid for the duo. Gaffer Sam Alardyce did well to guide the Hammers to safety last year and it is tricky to see them achieving any higher.
Prediction: 10th / Key Man: Kevin Nolan / One To Watch: Andy Carroll
So there it is, a full guide to each of the Premier League teams and where they are likely to end up.
Disagree? Leave your opinion below…
(All images from www.premierleague.com)
On the 20th April two very brave members of the team at Burton HQ headed to Peterborough to JUMP OUT OF A PLANE (at 12,000 ft!!! all in support of our chosen charity Trekstock.
Together Natassja and Neale raised over £1500 for Trekstock with their skydive so massive props are in order for that!
We caught up with Neale afterwards to get the low-down on the whole experience…
Knowledge: Neale, what were your last thoughts as you took the leap out the plane?
Neale: To be honest, it all happened so quickly I didn’t have time to think about the leap. I remember looking down as I was being dangled out of the plane and thinking “Oh my God”, but then it took about 10 seconds into free fall before I actually realised what was happening. I was so scared on the journey up to 12,000ft that I could barely speak, someone jumped at 8,000ft, they weren’t allowed to jump above this height due to medical restrictions, seeing her jump out of the plane heightened my fear, she just disappeared and FAST, this made the climb to 12,000ft even more terrifying. For a split second I didn’t want to do it, I am so scared of heights, I was shaking, taking deep breaths, the person in front of me was getting filmed, I must have looked terrified in her video. Nastassja said I was as white as a sheet when I was about to jump. But all of a sudden I had this sense of calm as I was being shuffled towards the door and I jumped not feeling scared.
K: Would you do it again or was once enough?!
N: I would definitely do it again, the best thing about the jump was the freefall, falling out of the sky at over 120mph is the most exhilarating experience I’ve ever had. I will definitely do it again and get my friends to join me.
K: Any words of advice for anyone thinking of doing a skydive?
N: Do it, no matter how terrified you are, you will never be as terrified as me. Looking back I don’t know how I did it, but I’m so glad I went through with it, it was the most amazing experience, I’d recommend it to anyone.
K: Describe your skydive in 3 words…
N: Best experience EVER!!
Oh yes, the BIGGEST sporting event of the year is happening this Sunday. And, well, we can’t ruddy wait!
Sure, it’s a American football gig, but we’re using it as an excuse to show you all the cool, sporting stuff we have. If you get to know one trend at the moment, make it the varsity trend…just think sports jackets, light wash jeans and basic tshirts in all American colours.
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So, who’s going to win the game?!
With Freeze festival taking over Battersea Power Station last week, and the Ski & Snowboard show on this week, there’s gotta be no better time to talk skier and snowflake motifs, both of which are big news this winter – in fact, you’ll find it hard to miss them.
SKI + SNOWFLAKE MOTIFS: GET INVOLVED!
AND OF COURSE, SOME HIGHLIGHTS FROM FREEZE!
(We wish we could board like this)
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