Soccer Saturday pundits provide their predictions for the new Premier League season


There's a gulf between Albion and City. "I'm calm and I'm ready to help my team".

And with Clyne set to miss the start of the season through injury, boyhood Liverpool fan Alexander-Arnold has an opportunity to underline his development to Reds boss Jurgen Klopp. Back in 1979, when we made the same step-up, we lost 4-0 at home to Arsenal. But then we won at Nottingham Forest (who were then European champions), gained some confidence, put some runs together, and finished well clear of the relegation zone. Again I think goals may be a problem for Brighton without many proven Premier League goalscorers in there. "That is the top (and only) priority, and the club will do all it can to achieve that". "I signed a new contract and then I made a decision to stay, to work for this club, and then to try and give every day 120 per cent in the work for my club, for my players".

An early goal for City could really fray the nerves, but if Brighton score first then it could get very interesting.

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).

"I like the way the team plays, the coach, all the players, and I wanted to come here and learn from them and become a better player".

"I won't say "never" to [returning to] the Bundesliga".

Manchester City endured a bad campaign last term but the Citizens have looked extremely good during pre-season following the many signings they have made.

"Anthony Knockaert seems to be one of Brighton's better players".

"I would like to see Pep Guardiola stay even if City didn't win a trophy, but the reality of football is that he would most likely be sacked if we have another season like the last one".

It was the inevitable reaction to feeble title challenges that saw Guardiola's City finish 15 points behind the victorious Chelsea side in third place and Mourinho's United drift over the line nine points further adrift. I saw him on the TV last season, but it will depend on how he and the other players adjust to the Premier League. I am backing him to deliver this time around, though. "If I do get told I am playing against Watford (on Saturday) I will look to take that chance", Alexander-Arnold said. He has to be strong but, of course, his quality is flawless for the way we want to play.

City would still have top talents on the bench if this starting eleven was occupied, with Nicolás Otamendi, Danilo, Ilkay Gündoğan, Raheem Sterling, and new signing Bernardo Silva all as impact subs.