The Terriers dramatically clinched promotion through the Championship play-offs last season. At the bottom, Brighton & Hove Albion and Huddersfield Town seem likely to make a quick return to the second division.
Arsenal legend Martin Keown has written in The Daily Mail that Dwight Gayle will be the key player for Newcastle United this season.
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.
Ahead of Manchester United’s Europa League final against Ajax, Jose Mourinho selected the youngest Manchester United starting XI in Premier League history for the Red Devils’ final game of the season.
That however, won’t be enough to bring United in the top five, if Mourinho doesn’t sign more players.
Tottenham has been faded in the preseason prognostications, mostly on the assumption they will be thrown off due to using Wembley Stadium as a temporary home due to stadium construction.
Benjamin Mendy had also seemed destined for Stamford Bridge before Manchester City nabbed him for a reported £43 million while Mo Salah, who Chelsea once sold, became Liverpool’s record £37 million signing. The jury will be out for both managers who are actually condemned to win the title with the kind of money they have spent since joining their respective sides. They will consist of an ex-match official, ex manager and former player.
Contrastingly, Watford (0.8) and Leicester (0.9) struggled more in front of goal during pre-season.
So, can Chelsea defend their Premier League crown this season? With Arsenal out of Champions League, Alexandre Lacazette (+1100) might have the extra energy to take a shot. They’ve got the best team, they haven’t had to buy anybody.
“We are going to try to give a hard fight to the top teams in Europe in the Champions League”.
“Now I’m ready to go back to this league and show everyone that I’m back”.
But despite the cash-rich league being touted as a place where any team can win on any given day, there are still areas that could use improvement.
But the grassroots footballer, Lovepreet Singh, believes Liverpool have the potential to have a great season. “We’re used to just watching the game and going away quietly, but this time around we could not leave quietly”.
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His display in the first leg was one the the best any opposition player has delivered at the Etihad in recent seasons, with his ability to retain possession and create chances for his teammates carving City open on a number of occasions.