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Manchester City, which last won the title in 2014, and Manchester United, which has now gone through a five-year drought since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013, are the two favorites to lift the league champion trophy in May. Jose Mourinho's negative tactics clearly don't sit well, as four writers predicted United to draw at Old Trafford. But there are not many like that, just a couple.

I think the new penalty system is a joke.

Nothing epitomises summer short-termism more than West Ham's decision to spend a reported £36 million pounds on four players with a collective age of 119 years. And I felt that there was no chance this could happen.

It was also an historic weekend for Blackpool, who travelled to Wigan for the first Premier League game in their history and claimed a brilliant 4-0 win.

"I like the way the team plays, the coach, all the players, and I wanted to come here and learn from them and become a better player".

Having not finished below third in the Premier League during the Scot's reign, remarkably they have not finished higher than fourth since his retirement.

Jesus ended last season with seven goals in eight Premier League starts, although arguably his two most famous strikes were disallowed for offside.

"He's one of those players who gives me what I like in a player, which is consistency".

"What that now does is if [Kylian] Mbappe leaves [Monaco] and goes to another club, I would guess the fee might have been £90m or £100m".

Speaking at his pre-match news conference on Friday afternoon, Mourinho said: "I'm happy with the effort the club did".

But beneath the unsmiling eyes shone an optimism about the season which was hard to hide from the questioning media.

Manchester City (-325) should have a full complement of talent when it takes on Brighton and Hove Albion (+900) on Saturday. Newcastle added little during the transfer period and Tottenham should be capable of beating the 1.0-goal line, which pays +120.

That is why Mourinho is warning his title rivals that he is back to his best as a boss, three seasons after winning the Premier League and getting sacked by Chelsea.

From Joe Allen to Ashley Williams, and now, in all probability, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Swansea have sold their best and brightest every summer, hoarded their money and hoped for the best.

"If we cannot strengthen the team in these areas we have players that we can trust".

"There are obviously bigger competitions than others, but we will certainly be fighting on all fronts to win as much as we can".

Before Leicester City were crowned league champions in 2015/16, the idea of a small team challenging for the title, let alone winning, was not something even remotely possible in this day and age where bigger clubs with deep pockets tend to rule the roost.

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