Every Premier League team's opening fixtures ranked by difficulty

Ex-Manchester City star makes bold prediction about Manchester United

Townsend backing promoted Brighton to survive then thrive in Premier League

The 25-year-old picked up where he left off last season in Leeds' Championship opener on Monday (NZ time), scoring in their 3-2 away victory over Bolton Wanderers. It was always, in truth, a little surprising that Guardiola didn't act to strengthen in that area last season given how vital the likes of Dani Alves, Jordi Alba, Philipp Lahm and David Alaba had been to his Barcelona and Bayern Munich teams and given that the four fullbacks he inherited were all over 30.

Regardless, United will need to enter the Champions League via a high league finish this year, rather than European competition, if they still want to be regarded as the greatest Premier League side.

Several Premier League clubs are also rumoured to be interested in the 17-year-old former Watford winger.

But those deals pale in comparison to City's spending and Hughton said: "Whatever City's starting team is against our starting team, there's no doubt there is going to be an incredibly massive difference". The £30million centre-back was fancied for a return to Manchester United but has ended up in Merseyside and, at 24, he could be a significant coup for a club that have shown plenty of ambition this summer.

4 - Tottenham Hotspurs - Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has been criticised for not signing anyone, and as the computer predicts, they will have to struggle to stay in the top 4 this season. "By the time the doctor arrives on the pitch the player may be feeling and looking fine".

This photo taken on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017 shows a general view of Wembley Stadium in London.

Clearly in need of goals, they then spent £50m to bring Fernando Torres from Liverpool, just as the Spanish striker went from unstoppable to unrecognisable.

What's particularly interesting here, though, is the style of fullback for which he's gone.

If the title were awarded to the club with the most resources, City would land it on a plate.

Deane is well placed to comment on the Premier League's effect after 300 appearances and 71 goals for four clubs across 10 seasons.

It's tempting to look at last year's champions, Chelsea, as potential candidates for the title a second season in a row. It may not have worked out for him at Chelsea but he enjoyed a productive spell, in terms of both goals and assists, at Roma and looks as if he fits the Jurgen Klopp blueprint perfectly.

English football underwent a major transformation 25 years ago this month with the advent of its breakaway top flight - one that would morph into a multi-billion pound industry with a global reach. Five minutes into the curtain-raiser against Manchester United, Deane made history when he headed beyond Peter Schmeichel after gambling to reach a flicked-on Carl Bradshaw long throw at Bramall Lane.

Having signed a new five-year contract at Chelsea, the England Under-21 international has headed out loan again to Swansea to gain Premier League experience.

With its rigid pay structure, Tottenham lacks the will to break its budget to offer big salaries. "I think the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea will be fighting tooth and nail for the title". Although the Brazilian keeper is still young, he should hopefully blossom into a world-class keeper during his time at City. I can't see Gareth Bale leaving Real Madrid - only if Real really force and go in for Kylian Mbappe from Monaco.

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