Premier League matchweek 1: Staff picks and predictions

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Manchester City, which last won the title in 2014, and Manchester United, which has now gone through a five-year drought since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013, are the two favorites to lift the league champion trophy in May.

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Spending such enormous amounts on players are not without the attendant pressure and, with the League season yet to kick off, bookmakers are already taking bets on which of the three will score the most number of goals.

Meanwhile, the former Tottenham man is enjoying his time at the Santiago Bernabeu, but Zidane's constant refusal of speaking about Bale's future only adds further doubt to the situation.

The diminutive 17-year-old midfielder impressed coach Pep Guardiola with his passing and technical qualities during City's tour to the United States in July and is set to be part of the senior squad for the coming season.

For the two Manchester clubs, last season was a mixed bag.

"There are obviously bigger competitions than others, but we will certainly be fighting on all fronts to win as much as we can".

It will be a rough ride towards the 21 championship in United's history and Jose Mourinho's players will have to improve many things in manager's second season at the club.

"While an outlay of around £120m so far suggests the champions have seriously backed their man, on closer examination the Blues have recouped nearly as much in sales and failed to address a glaringly obvious needed-for depth", says the Daily Mirror.

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United have been outspent by neighbours Manchester City but Mourinho has warned them it takes more than cash to be a victor . Now, he's in his second season and the clouds appear to be gathering over the Stamford Bridge skyline.

Arsene Wenger brokered a fragile truce with Arsenal's dissenting fans by winning the FA Cup last season, but the Gunners boss has no margin for error after going 13 years without Premier League glory.

Conte faces new challenges this season.

"So between the players we lost and the players we got, I think we are in a similar situation". "We hope it is a good year for him and the team".

"I understand the reality of the market, of the numbers and that my club by doing 75 percent of what I initially asked did very well".

United put all their eggs in a Europa League-shaped basket last season and it paid off as Mourinho led the club back into the Champions League with a 2-0 final win over Ajax.

Mourinho says the Serb's consistency is what makes him a victor, explaining: "He is one of those players where there are no question marks with him".

"I'm really happy to be with them and I'm going to fight with them all the way, so let's go on Sunday".

"I just think that naturally, a manager in the second season knows the players and knows the club better".

West Ham United is a +1100 underdog versus Manchester United (-333) with a draw at +475.

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