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Brighton and Hove Albion - Although in my bottom three, I see this as a great opportunity for Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan as he's going to be very busy. Arsenal and Manchester City love to hold possession, allow the fullbacks to attack more than defend. Left back Cresswell is a doubt while Sofiane Feghouli, Cheikhou Kouyate, Diafra Sakho, Andy Carroll and Michail Antonio are all on the treatment table.

Not just the EPL, of course.

Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates scoring his sides first goal from the penalty spot with Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Middlesbrough and Manchester City at the Riverside Stadium on April 30, 2017 in Middlesbrough, England. A less than stellar pre-season was topped by the Community Shield loss to London rivals Arsenal and suddenly everyone is pressing the panic button.

Conte has spent over £100 million ($130 million, €110.8 million) on Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger to avoid becoming the third axed champion. Another new signing from Lyon, Alexandre Lacazette, showed some nice touches.

Is there a team that you are worried about this season?

"It's the league I want to play in". Will £100-million signings be the norm? In search of goals, Manchester United turned to last season's second-highest scorer.

18 - Burnley - Sean Dyche's side, who struggled to remain in the Premier League last season, will have a hard time keeping up, due to the quality of players other teams possess. Last season sitting here after the Sunderland game you said 'you are the favourites, you are the most beautiful and handsome and nice guys in the league'.

Spurs must avoid a bad start at Wembley. "My responsibility is to make sure we're a Premier League team next season". This means the Hammers' first home game won't be until Sept 9 against Huddersfield. The whole town is desperately looking forward to Premier League football - they have had to wait a long time to be back in the top flight.

Apart from the three points at stake, passion and pride will also be on offer. Bookmakers certainly think so, ranking City as their clear favourites with United and Chelsea joint second. Much depends on Romelu Lukaku settling in quickly.

Should the rave reviews prove accurate, Premier League midfielders will be rubbing their eyes in disbelief, in much the same way that young Middlesbrough team once did. Is it because he's short? Yes. As Jamie Carragher warned: "If Liverpool lose Coutinho there will be riots".

"I'm so satisfied with what we have done, but of course we can get better".

For the two Manchester clubs, last season was a mixed bag. "Old Trafford is waiting for us and I think Old Trafford has a reason to be behind us", he said.

Speaking on BT Sport, Scholes said, "I really like the Matic signing that was the one that surprised me a little bit".

"It's the objective of every one of the top teams and every one of the top team managers".

The Red Devils boss has enjoyed success almost without interruption across a 17-year managerial career, winning eight domestic titles, two Champions Leagues and two Europa Leagues.

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