But Albion shattered their transfer record earlier this week on PSV Eindhoven midfielder Davey Propper, and were set to pass that mark with the £13 million acquisition of Colombia winger Jose Izquierdo from Club Brugge ahead of City’s visit. Manchester CIty should score 3 goals themselves so I think this is quite a safe bet also.
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.
Frustrated by City’s failings in his trophyless first season in England, Guardiola has overhauled his squad with defenders Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo, plus goalkeeper Ederson and playmaker Bernardo Silva.
“It’s not urgent, not desperate to have it done or not done”, said Mourinho. “If that is going to mean better results and the title, I don’t know”. “Manchester City are many pundits” favourites for the title this year.
Arsenal and Leicester raised the curtain on the new season last night at the Emirates, but for most fans today really signals the start of the top-flight campaign.
“He thinks he can do more at football’s highest level so we are having conversations and discussing the possibility of him staying for the second part of the season”.
Last season was by far the most hard of Wenger’s 21-year reign, with Arsenal’s on-pitch travails exposing him to furious protests from angry fans. But then there was in 2008 when we were a League One side, City were newly-crowned the “world’s richest club’ already with many star players – and we beat them in the League Cup at our humble Withdean Stadium home”.
“A lot of the trouble was created by my own situation”. When I am not playing or training, I watch football all the time’. “The trend has always to come from the team”.
Express Sport has had a go at predicting how each of the weekend’s fixtures will play out – do you agree?
Two seasons ago they were the improbable champions, the club who allowed others to dare to dream, who briefly led to debates as to whether the Premier League had been changed forever, before that fairy tale took a twist.