Arsenal, Leicester all set for Premier League opener

Ruben Hill
August 13, 2017

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It's fair to say Manchester's two top flight teams haven't had the easiest of times in the Premier League recently. Who knows, they might be the next Leicester. And it might yield some more television one-offs like this - former England striker and sports presenter Gary Lineker presenting soccer highlights show Match of the Day in just a skimpy pair of shorts.

Pep Guardiola's men take on the Seagulls at the Amex Stadium on Saturday evening.

Manchester City, another big-money spenders in the league too have splashed their wealth by fortifying their defence with the likes of Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker, Danilo, for Goalkeeper Ederson they spend record transfer fee and also acquired the services of playmaker Bernardo Silva.

Townsend's old employers Chelsea are the defending champions and he thinks it likely the forthcoming title race will be a showdown between them, Manchester City and Manchester United.

United's last game of the season saw them beat Ajax in the Europa League final - making it two trophies for Mourinho's team across the 2016/17 season and sealing Champions League qualification for United despite their sixth-place league finish. You probably missed them right?

Manchester City have spent £120 million on full-backs this summer.

"It amazes me, why would you sell Matic to Manchester United?".

The Belgian International seems to have put his injury problems behind him and now Guardiola can finally pair the defenders together in the hope of finding a solid partnership in the heart of his defence that was much changed last season.

Back among the elite for the first time in 34 years after finishing second in the Championship, Brighton will not have to wait long for an indication of just how tough it will be to retain that long-prized status. Succeeding this year is crucial in implementing a feeling of stability in the Premier League, so a comfortable league position will be the main target going into the new campaign.

A nightmare run of form in January and February wrecked Liverpool's last campaign, and that suspicion of inconsistency remains.

Gundogan has been able to pass and shoot for a few weeks but City have been careful not to include him so far in any full-contact sessions. Qualifying for the Champions League is always important, but Pep Guardiola and co. will be expecting a better showing domestically in 2017-18.

Guardiola will be expected to replicate what happened last season during his first 10 games, only that this time he is expected to end the season with some silverware.

A lack of significant transfer activity this summer and the smallest budget in the Premier League has made Huddersfield odds on favorites for the drop at 4-5. One must remember that they got promoted with a negative goal difference.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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