Brighton vs Manchester City

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Big-spending Pep Guardiola leads chase of Chelsea as big guns recharge ahead of new season

City are among the sides that have spent the most this summer, shelling out over €200m on five new players, but Guardiola made it clear such lavish activity was a one-off. Summer signings Ederson, Kyle Walker, Bernardo Silva, and Danilo may open their Manchester City career. We're going to change maybe one important player, depending on who we sell'. "We are going to see at the end of the season what happens knowing how hard it is". I think Manchester City will score six or seven goals in five games this season.

"But there's only one team that can win it and [Manchester] City brought [Pep] Guardiola to the club to win the Premier League and to win the Champions League, and he has to win something this year".

The former Manchester City player has won Leicester City's manager, Craig Shakespeare's heart, as a reliable striker, and is expected to partner Jamie Vardy in the attack, just as another Nigerian Wilfred Ndidi will make the squad.

Huddersfield may have signed 11 players but still I still expect them to have a tough experience along with Brighton. We bought three and the market is so demanding for all the teams, not just City.

Having been promoted as runners-up in the Championship last season, Albion are among many pundits picks to be relegated.

"I'm so grateful - thanks so much to the club for picking him up", Guardiola said.

'It's going to finish.

I did take Watford out of my picks because I think Andre Gray is a good signing for them and could make the difference.

City are generally on offer at 6/4 across bookies as their favourites to win the Premier League this season, with the next best alternative, United nearly 2 points higher in the market.

Townsend told Press Association Sport: "It will be a tough season ahead, but I have a feeling Brighton will survive, probably by the skin of their teeth".

ESPN's first question was obviously about his price, as they call him "the most expensive goalkeeper ever".

Guardiola struck a satisfied tone when discussing his raft of fresh full-backs and their ability to have a transformative effect on City's play this season.

"So we have to disregard most of it, because it's something that we can't affect", he said on Friday.

If Tottenham were playing at White Hart Lane I'd have them as champions. "I'm confident he will".

And, if you're so bleeding clever, why don't you ply us with a few of your own predictions for 2017/18.

Cristiano Ronaldo - Though he went on to be the muscle-clad goalscoring cyborg we all know and love/hate (delete as appropriate), Ronaldo was well on his way to world domination at Old Trafford. But we can not forget that when we do something better than last season it's because we've been one year together.

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