Premier League 2017/2018 begins: Top 5 things to look out for


Guardiola, a former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager, has yet to win a trophy since taking charge of City at the start of last season.

That building work has involved spending big on five major signings.

Everybody knows that Guardiola's game big time depends on full backs so it's no wonder that City spent nearly £150m on Kyle Walker, Benjamind Mendy and Danilo, while other two signings are potent midfielder Bernardo Silva and Primeira Liga's best goalkeeper Ederson. Play with intelligence as you are going to be playing against teams that are better than us.

Radio station Onda Cera boldly claim that Guardiola has enquired over his availability this summer, after City became a man down following the sale of Fernando to Galatasaray.

Another season without silverware will raise serious doubts as to whether he really is the man to carry City to the summit of European football for the first time.

It was one of the costliest moves in Europe during a summer transfer window that has seen United midfielder Paul Pogba replaced as the most expensive player in football by Neymar, who joined Paris Saint-Germain for 222 million euros ($262 million). Even after a disappointing third-place finish on his return to Chelsea, he went on to conquer the league in the second season.

Newcastle United were relegated a few seasons ago, known for their traditional upsets in the Premier League, the black and white stripe team will certainly be a club to watch out for this season. With the departure of Romelu Lukaku, Ronald Koeman looks to bolster his squad with the likes of Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen, and Jordan Pickford which will likely make them a top four contender this season. We try to attack more fluently, and more times maybe this season, but it's a process to do that and sometimes you need a little bit more time.

Jose Izquierdo is unlikely to receive his worldwide clearance in time to make his Brighton bow in their Premier League debut against Manchester City on Saturday.

The Amex Stadium will be a great addition to any Premier League away day
The Amex Stadium will be a great addition to any Premier League away day

I actually think we've bought remarkably well.

He said: "We have to rest well because we have a very important game on Sunday against West Ham". Strong and two-footed, he already owns two Premier League winner's medals.

But Guardiola said: "Hopefully next season I will be here and we are not going to spend how we spent this season".

Personally, I believe they'll top their previous achievement.

Mauricio Pochettino has earned plenty of praise for the way he has nurtured a talented young squad over recent seasons, but there is a feeling that this particular crop of Tottenham players have missed their chance.

Until Sports Interactive releases a new mobile game around late October, Football Manager Mobile 2017 continues to be the best simulation of sports management for Android devices and many Premier League fans will easily sink weeks and months into it with no regrets.

That's all for now, we'll be back around 2:30PM (UK time) to round-up on the day's events so far and get stuck into the 3PM fixtures!