The long wait for Premier League action to return to our Saturday afternoons is almost over. There is just a few weeks for teams to get their pre-seasons out of the way and also bolster their squads with summer signings.
Over the next couple of weeks we will take a look at all Premier League teams and assess who is going to hit the ground running and who looks like they could be in for a tough season. Today we take a look at the Premier League favourites; Manchester City.
Guardiola’s has three new additions to squad so far this summer and has appeared to have trimmed the fat with a total of 14 departures from the club;
Pablo Zabaleta (West Ham)
Gael Clichy (released)
Jesus Navas (released)
Willy Caballero (released)
Bacary Sagna (released)
Enes Unal (Villarreal)
Angus Gunn (Norwich City)
Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town)
Bersant Celina (Ipswich Town)
Angelino (NAC Breda)
Ruben Sobrino (Alaves)
Joe Coveney (Nottingham Forest)
Bruno Zuculini (Hellas Verona)
Olivier Ntcham (Celtic)
City are currently priced at 19/10 to win the 2017/18 Premier League season and they are favourites to do so. Guardiola would probably prefer to bring in one or two more players, however a full back and goalkeeper would have been a priority going into the summer.
Kyle Walker is the latest edition to the Manchester side who has been brought in from Spurs for a fee in excess of £50m for the England right back. Given that Guardiola likes to have attacking full backs, the 27 year-old should fit in perfectly to the squad.
Last season, finishing third would have been a bit of a disappointment considering the expectations of the club at the start of the season. They have the same expectations going into the new season and will be looking to hit the ground running in August.
City will come up against newly promoted Brighton on the opening day of the season. Some may see this as a soft opener for Man City, however Brighton will come into the game with no expectations and hungry to show the Premier League what they can do.