Man City and Man United for Premier League one-two

Man City and Man United for Premier League one-two

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

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

Leaking goals was also a concern for Liverpool, with 42 conceded last season - a tally worse than the three teams who finished above them last season, as well as United. Manchester United wants new additions, too, while in Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp is trying to make signings as well as hold on to his best players.

Guardiola has bought six players for around £210m this summer - a Premier League record for a single transfer window - following a £160m splash on seven players last summer.

"It's going to be tough, very tough". The Premier League is much deeper, standard wise, than the Bundesliga and La Liga versions, where his Bayern Munich and Barcelona teams won League titles with consummate ease....here, in England, teams floating around mid and low reaches of the table have a nasty ability to bite and take points off the "big boys" when least expected - and that hurt City past year, dropping points at Middlesbrough, Southampton, Leicester amongst others. There's a gulf between Albion and City.

And Valencia, speaking with Inside United, was adamant that there would be plenty more to come for Lukaku this season.

"I think Everton are a really good team, very good squad", Conte added. We are strong defensively and I predict 1-1.

The trio give United a new spine to the team, though it remains to be seen if Lindelof, who has yet to get up to speed in pre-season, starts with Eric Bailly. Back in 1979, when we made the same step-up, we lost 4-0 at home to Arsenal. "That is the top (and only) priority, and the club will do all it can to achieve that".

"We are champions. We have to face every game in the right way". To assess the other teams is not important for us.

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"We have a central midfielder and striker, so obviously another player would be one coming from the sides".

"We did it earlier", Guardiola concluded.

"I think Manchester City be right up there challenging for the title", said Hughton.

Pep Guardiola believes that top clubs are forced to pay over the odds for quality players but says the premium is even greater when dealing with Premier League clubs.

Romelu Lukaku looks to be the physical presence with a goal-scoring pedigree needed to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic in attack.

That Walker has been one of the best full-backs in England for the last couple of seasons was never up for debate. Not at all. I just think that naturally, a manager in the second season knows the players and knows the club better. It will be hard for them to stay up, especially the first time around.

The Premier League gets underway on Friday and Chelsea return as the defending champions after lifting the trophy last season.

So it's all set up for City for me.

Alli has been considered one of the best young players in the world for the past two seasons, but we're quickly approaching the point where you can remove the "young" qualifier.

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