English Premier League 2017/2018 season kicks off on Friday

"It's different to any one of the other leagues". He has done so for three clubs, including for the Seagulls in the League Cup in 2008 - the last time the two sides met.

John Stones and Nicholas Otamendi have never looked fully convincing since their own big-money arrivals, while club captain Vincent Kompany has missed too many games though injury over the last few seasons. Their stock has plunged so dramatically they can be backed at double figure odds to win the title this year and are fifth favourites in the outright betting behind Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham. The Blues will put behind their defeat on penalty shootout in the Community Shield last weekend by Arsenal. He will be hoping to continue that trend with this Manchester United side. Los Blancos were absolutely dominant in a first period that could have seen them score at least three goals.

Pep Guardiola will resist a tactical shift at Manchester City this season, having backed his raft of big-money singings to fit last season's often stuttering gameplan.

"We are in a position to do quality work better than we did in the first season, so I am convinced that our second season, in terms of the quality of our team, is going to be better".

"He did well as Chelsea won the league a year ago, but he didn't go back to the level of 2014/15 and Cesc Fabregas was playing a lot more in the second half of last season". Back in 1979, when we made the same step-up, we lost 4-0 at home to Arsenal.

"It's the objective of every one of the top teams and every one of the top team managers".

It was a tough season for Arsenal fans as Arsene Wenger's men failed to qualify for the Champions League. I'll do my best. The Gunners are looking to return to the top four after missing out a year ago for the first time in over two decades under Arsene Wenger.

Leicester City's triumph two years ago has shown us that any team with the right personnel, management and good luck against injuries, can challenge for and win the title; however, for this season I believe that the victor will come from a group of seven teams which I will tag as the contenders.

"They are getting rid of players who are experienced and from who you know exactly what you're going to get".

Mourinho has an impressive record in his second seasons at clubs, winning the title in both spells at Chelsea, as well as at Porto, Inter Milan and Real Madrid. With the return of Champions League football to Stamford Bridge, Antonio Conte will go into what will be a long and tiring season with only 19 first-team players. It's not hard this season to motivate them to that level.

Vanessa Coleman

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