Alan Shearer And Ian Wright Make Their Premier League Predictions

Hope Soto
August 9, 2018

"Clearly, given the way they played last season, they look like the team to beat".

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.

The window closes on Thursday Aug. 9, three weeks sooner than normal, with the Premier League season starting on Saturday.

"I just think they might make a stuttering start that other teams might take advantage of". If they don't start the season well, they got over a third of their points in the first eight games last season, it could be hard. A decent start carried them a long way last season and when you get 37 points you need to improve. From next season it will be quicker, much slicker, and we will be closer to cracking the communication to make sure fans in the stadium and at home know what is going on.

Liverpool's business in the transfer window sees them enter the new campaign as the team most likely to challenge Man City.

Discussing his prospects of regular playing time at the back, Guardiola said of Stones: "John has to know he has to play at a good level because Vincent and Nico [Nicolás Otamendi] are there, and they are going to play".

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They get the ball forward quickly, it'll work for the first five to six games, and they need to get off to a flyer, but it could catch up with them after that.

Chelsea have become well-known for flying out of the traps, but last season the Blues suffered a shock opening day defeat at the hands of Burnley.

The Manchester City boss said after the weekend win over Chelsea in the Community Shield that he was hoping to bring in one more central midfielder before the deadline - a player who could cover for Fernandinho.

Unai Emery has enjoyed the luxury of having most of his squad available for pre-season with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette forming a fearsome front four.

However, the Blues swung into action late Wednesday when they agreed to sell goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid in a deal which paved the way for Athletic Bilbao 'keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to move to Stamford Bridge on a seven-year deal worth an estimated £71 million.

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