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Premier League betting preview: Man City the title favourite

12 August 2017, 11:01 | Pamela Mathis

Pep Guardiola admits Manchester City's £200 million overhaul is unsustainable and it will not be repeated in future transfer windows.

"There are some transfers that have gone ahead so far that are so above our levels you nearly have to disregard them".

"But they are for wonderful players, so good luck to them if they can do that".

Midfielder Beram Kayal will miss the next two months with a broken leg.

City have spent more than B£200million on a squad revamp following last season's underwhelming campaign.

They got the ball rolling with Bernardo Silva which was quickly followed by the signings of Ederson, Kyle Walker, Danilo and Benjamin Mendy, everyone bar Mendy are expected to make their professional debuts at the Amex Stadium and Guardiola stated that there is still "more transfers" to come with 20 days to go. "Hopefully, next season I'll be here, and now we're not going to spend how we have spent this season I assure you that". One of the keys to Chelsea's success last season was the team staying healthy, and that will be the case again in 2017-18.

Manchester City has finished in the top three of the English Premier League standings five times in the last six seasons, including championships in 2012 and 2014 and runner-up finishes in 2013 and 2015.

The biggest competition to Manchester City this season could be from Chelsea and Manchester United, who are each going off at +325 to win the Premier League.

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Manchester City are not just the favourites on account of how much they have spent, but also because they will put together passages of play that, with the talent they have available, will be hard to stop.

Desperate to dethrone champions Chelsea, club record fees have been paid by Manchester United, who splurged a British record 75 million pounds for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, Arsenal, who forked out 52 million pounds on Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette and Liverpool, who put down 37 million pounds for Roma winger Mohamed Salah.

"We did it earlier", Guardiola concluded. "But all the teams spent".

"It started with Real Madrid and Ronaldo going for £80 million and then Bale for £85 million and everything went more expensive".

"He said he would give us "every last penny". The club will still run an attack-first mentality, but the improved personnel on defence should help patch up last season's biggest weakness.

Jose Mourinho always wins the title in his second season, with Lukaku the man he has entrusted to boost United's feeble 2016-17 goal tally of 54.

Both Mendy and Walker are very attacking full backs, which should suit the Guardiola system well this season, as both Mendy and Walker had 5 assists in their respected leagues last season.



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