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Brighton bank on surprise factor to upset City

13 August 2017

"I never complained for one bad game or bad defeat, making excuses, never, even in Germany I never said that, never in my life I make an excuse about what happened".

Asked what his message will be to his players this season, Hughton said: "Have no fear".

City's Arab billionaire owner Sheikh Mansour has invested more than 200 million pounds in new players during the close-season adding to their already impressive attacking options and upgrading their identified "weak spots" at full-back and goalkeeper.

The 20-year-old Chelsea striker is ready for the next stage of his career after scoring 26 goals while on loan at Bristol City in the Sky Bet Championship last season.

Winning the Premier League should nearly be mandatory for Guardiola in his second season at the Etihad Stadium.

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Townsend's old employers Chelsea are the defending champions and he thinks it likely the forthcoming title race will be a showdown between them, Manchester City and Manchester United.

They have spent £126 million ($164 million) on striker Alvaro Morata, Tiemoué Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger, but some fans are getting restless at the lack of big spending.

While City are still open to offers for him, Guardiola is involving Mangala with the first-team squad and the France defender could yet stay at the club.

Brighton and Huddersfield, both playing in the top-flight for the first time in the post-1992 Premier League era, have been breaking their club transfer records. Unlike the French, German and Spanish leagues, the English Premier could be won by a number of clubs - this year six teams have a realistic shot at the title. As for Watford, Marco Silva has brought in Will Hughes and Nathaniel Chalobah and he's putting two players in their midfield that haven't played much top-flight football.

City finished third last season, managing 12 clean sheets, five behind the division's best of Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

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Pep also admitted that the club had not recruited quality full-backs in some years and that was their priority for the window.

Jonathan is ESPN FC's Manchester City correspondent. It started with Real Madrid and [Cristiano] Ronaldo going for £80m and then [Gareth] Bale for £85m.

Chelsea were sensationally upstaged by Arsenal in last season's FA Cup final and lost to them again in Sunday's Community Shield, but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger retains little margin for error.

There's no outstanding favourite and this is the most exciting season.

The ABBA system is said to favour the team that goes second, as it removes the psychological disadvantage of always having to play catch-up, and it will also be used in the Checkatrade Trophy and in the EFL play-offs. Harry Kane is the best finisher with the types of goals he scores so I'd go for him if I had to bet on the nose but I do fancy Lacazette each-way at 10/1.

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Brighton bank on surprise factor to upset City