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Brighton v Manchester City: Premier League preview, line-ups & predictions

10 Agosto 2017, 11:15 | Cornelio Vivanco

Speaking of how the duo convinced him to settle in England, he said: "Cristiano and Nani both told me that Manchester is a great city".

Played for both: Historically, the Manchester divide has been crossed on numerous occasions but, since the inception of the Premier League in 1992, only five players have featured for both United and City at one point or another.

The Spaniard finished third in the Premier League last term - the first year of his managerial career in which he didn't win a trophy - while City also limped out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage to Monaco.

With Man City spending around £202m on first team players and an astonishing £159m spent exclusively on defenders and goalkeepers, it would appear that Pep Guardiola finally has the right back line and goalie at City.

When Tottenham were knocked out of the Champions League in the group stages of the competition last season, their struggles at their temporary Wembley home was deemed to be the reason.


I am still tentatively writing "Manchester City" next to the word "Winners" on my predictions, but my finger would not be hovering over the delete button if Guardiola had fully embraced his cash-rich status and made a ludicrous offer for Marco Verratti.

Here are ten things you need to know about the English Premier League and some of its clubs in coming 2017/2018 season. After Chelsea trumped Tottenham to the title last season, it will be fascinating to see what unfolds in what many predict will be the closest title race in years.

Despite the above, Jose Mourinho has crafted a side well and truly capable of putting together a decent run at winning the Premier League. He's not the most talented player in the squad, but he's got bigger heart than anyone else and it shows in every match, even if that means a hard challenge and a red card or three.

The City line-up for their 1-0 win was all-British but the eleven who will take the field on Saturday will be drawn from around the world - with even more worldwide talent having been recruited during the close-season. "We didn't buy full backs for five, six years", said Guardiola, whose transfer business so far has lowered the squad's average age from 28 to 25.

News of Foden's promotion has come as a boost to the City academy at a time when they look set to lose another highly rated prospect, Jadon Sancho.


Will Pep lead Manchester City to the title?

"They are all great people and good friends". Mendy and Walker's numbers are similar when they are attacking, as Mendy averages 1.5 dribbles and 1 key pass per game, while Walker averages 1.1 dribbles and 1.2 key passes per game.

We will have to wait for the first few games of the season to see but in the meantime I can only deal with the evidence of the summer and in that context I think he is well ahead of his rivals.

Suffice to say, Busquets has etched his place in history and is rightly regarded as one of the best holding midfielders of all time.




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