Why Manchester City are favorites to win the Premier League

Following Nemanja Matic's move to Manchester Utd Phil Neville says the transfer makes the Red Devils more likely to win the league than Chelsea in this moment of time

Following Nemanja Matic's move to Manchester Utd Phil Neville says the transfer makes the Red Devils more likely to win the league than Chelsea in this moment of time

City have spent more than £200million on a squad revamp following last season's underwhelming campaign.

While the arrival of Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mandy and Danilo for the full-back role and Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson shows manager Pep Guardiola recognised the need to shore up his backline, the Spaniard's attacking philosophy is unlikely to change.

But most of the strikers we have, with Sergio [Aguero], Rash [Raheem Sterling], Leroy [Sane], Gabriel [Jesus], Bernardo Silva, all of them are so, so young and are going to stay for the future.

"We needed to do that this summer because it was one of the oldest teams in Europe, not just the Premier League".

If you bet £25 on any player to top the table at the end of the season, we'll give a £5 free bet every-time they score in the competition. Marcus Suttner has arrived to play at left-back while young Chelsea loanee Izzy Brown looks a real talent, but perhaps the best piece of business could be the capture of Pascal Gross to play in the advanced midfield role of an expected 4-4-1-1 formation, or CAM as my Federation Internationale de Football Association brainwashed sons will tell me. If John Stones can develop more this season under Guardiola, and Kompany can avoid long term injuries, then City may have a more consistent defense for the upcoming season compared to last season.

City have spent around £200 million to strengthen their squad in the close-season with other title contenders including Chelsea and Manchester United also spending heavily to bolster their teams. We did it earlier.

City are overwhelming favourites to win the match and it will be important for them to respect Brighton as they try to take three points.

Brighton secured a return to the top flight of English football last season after 25 years of absence, and they're starting it with one of the most hard fixtures of the season. "Sooner or later it's going to finish", he said. City have had impressive results in preseason when applying the three in the back, with wins over Real Madrid, Tottenham, and West Ham, City have only conceded one goal throughout these three friendlies and scored ten.

But how quickly they can gel into an effective Premier League unit will be one of the biggest tests facing Hughton's side.

"Manchester City have the best team on paper", ex-England midfielder Owen Hargreaves told the Premier League official website. The first four, five, six games are so complicated, especially away.

Pep Guardiola has been known for his 4-3-3 possession dominant tactic at the likes of Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Man City last season, where the two full backs support and attack and the defensive midfielder covers for the two center backs.

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