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Soccer Saturday pundits provide their predictions for the new Premier League season

Soccer Saturday pundits provide their predictions for the new Premier League season

New signings Davy Propper, Mat Ryan, Pascal Gross and Markus Suttner could feature but Beram Kayal and Sam Baldock are both ruled out.

Defenders Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker and Danilo have all arrived at the Etihad Stadium along with goalkeeper Ederson and midfielder Bernardo Silva to take City's expenditure to £217 million (US$281 million, €238 million).

Don't miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live. The combative warrior of that first wave of Man United success under Alex Ferguson, the former Ireland captain could drag his side up by the scruff of the neck and lead them to win matches that they thought were long gone.

"Anthony Knockaert needs to be fit and flying as soon as possible". Will Sergio Aguero play when Pep Guardiola likes Gabriel Jesus?

"There won't be too many betting shops throughout the country that would put us outside the bottom three".

City open their Premier League campaign on Saturday with a trip to newly-promoted Brighton.

"For us, we're up against top-class opposition that will have more possession than we do".

"Because I don't think last season the players he had were the type of players that he wanted so you have to rebuild the team around his project and the way he wants to play - it's a tough job for him".

"We played good games against four incredible teams".

"We know better, I know better and they know me better".

Townsend's old employers Chelsea are the defending champions and he thinks it likely the forthcoming title race will be a showdown between them, Manchester City and Manchester United.

"I think it is unsustainable", the former Barcelona Coach said at a Press conference.

You would always expect to achieve better results at home than away, but Tottenham's form drop-off on their travels last season was marked.

"It's going to be tough, very tough". For the first time in 20 years, Arsene Wenger's side will be missing from the Champions League as a effect of its fifth-place Premier League finish.

Brighton knocked City out of the League Cup on penalties in 2008 following a 2-2 draw at the Withdean Stadium.

Yet he said: "It's the same pressure as I had last season".

The Premier League is full of foreign stars after another summer of big-money transfers.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUEUnited will make a return to football's premier European competition this season, after qualifying for the Champions League by winning the Europa League last term.

Anthony Knockaert was directly involved in more league goals than any other Championship midfielder in 2016-17, with 15 goals and eight assists.

While Brighton will be hoping to impress in their first ever Premier League fixture, this is probably not the best time to be facing in-form Manchester City, who have been pretty impressive in pre-season.

While in charge at Bayern Munich he was rarely challenged, but there appears to be four or five teams that could scoop the top prize in England at present.