Premier League 2017 odds: Chelsea among betting favorites on opening EPL weekend


I have conditions to deliver a better team than I did in the first season.

We have already seen United's new boys start to gel for their new club in their tour of America and pre-season friendlies.

Manchester City have lavished untold riches on full-backs in the transfer window, but arguably their most important player this season will be captain Kompany.

"In the next three or four years City will buy one, two, maybe three players". There's a gulf between Albion and City.

This will be Guardiola's second season in charge of City, and you get the distinct impression he will have learned a lot from his first season - and that experience will help him become more tactically astute this time around.

Premier League champions Chelsea have completed four transfer deals after recruiting Manchester City reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero, AS Roma's Antonio Rudiger, Monaco's Tiemoue Bakayoko and Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata. We were not able with those players to find a solution. We are strong defensively and I predict 1-1. Back in 1979, when we made the same step-up, we lost 4-0 at home to Arsenal. The other teams will try to give 120 per cent against us. 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.

Will Hughes and Tom Cleverley are not exactly going to pull up trees, and they spent big on Richarlison, but who knows how good he'll be. "That is the top (and only) priority, and the club will do all it can to achieve that".

The 18 conceded at Anfield may not sound bad, but it was a higher figure than all the other teams in the top six, as well as city rivals Everton.

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These aren't necessarily the best players - although some of them would certainly fall in that group - but rather the ones you should keep an eye on because of the effect their success or failure can have on their clubs' standing in the table.

I said they badly needed full backs and they bought three in Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo, all players other teams wanted.

The Premier League rookies will get a trial by fire against one of the league's best clubs on Saturday and are going off at +950 to win and +400 to play to a draw. "We were focused on the striker scoring goals and when it didn't happen we were in trouble".

In goal, David de Gea remains a steadfast presence and the Spaniard is one of the best keepers in the Premier League. The Brazilian only played away matches in his final season at the Santiago Bernabéu, and he won't be missed in Madrid that much. It will be hard for them to stay up, especially the first time around.

City are the pick of many to lift the Premier League trophy after an impressive window, but Pep was cautious about their chances. I considered adding him here, but instead included Salah. Why?

So it's all set up for City for me.

Warning his players not to rest on their laurels, Conte said, "We know the next season will be tough".