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Curiously, Brighton's last home game in the top division of English football was against City in 1983.

City manager Pep Guardiola will be under pressure from the start after strengthening his squad with five new signings in the transfer window, costing the club some $286 million. "Here when I get the ball, I always have options of passes, so it gets easier".

Many pundits are tipping Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City to have strong seasons, but it's really hard to predict who will take the title.

It will be a tough season ahead, but I have a feeling Brighton will survive, probably by the skin of their teeth. In the next three or four years Manchester City will buy one, two, maybe three players. There's a gulf between Albion and City. Intelligent players don't need time to be involved in the way we want to play. I think it will be a draw.

I hate giving my predictions before the transfer window shuts.

The Portugal worldwide was given extended leave after appearing at the Confederations Cup for his country but Guardiola was impressed as he made his City debut from the bench against the Hammers.

Jose Mourinho has also reunited with Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic at Old Trafford after luring the Serbia star from the Premier League champions.

Guardiola's City have made some eye-catching additions this summer, particularly in the forward ranks, and the club are many pundits' favourites for the league title thanks to their strength in depth. Abraham will have a wise tutor in Fernando Llorente (if the Spaniard stays at Swansea) and another successful season could see him return to Stamford Bridge ready to challenge for a first-team place there. Play with intelligence as you are going to be playing against teams that are better than us.

"I have a feeling that we will score early and get a good win against Brighton on Saturday". The league is shaping up to be one of the best to date. I know a lot of the pundits are going for City but you feel like this is a Guardiola team now.

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Burnley - It was a decent season for it last time, but this one will be far tougher and it hasn't signed the quality to keep its status in the Premier League.

Champions Chelsea have made some big moves in the transfer market, although manager Antonio Conte is keen to do more business before the end of the month. If the chairman or CEO come and say it's not possible then we work with the academy players, players we've had in the past.

Liverpool now appears to have a fight on its hands to retain attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho as Barcelona looks to reinvest some its Neymar windfall in another Brazilian.

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