2017-18 Premier League season - Vote on ESPN FC writer predictions

Lynette Rowe
August 13, 2017

United still do not look like champions despite spending a fortune, while Spurs can conquer their Wembley phobia and impress again if youngsters like Harry Winks (below) continue to develop.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola expects to spend less on players next season after a big splash-out in the current transfer window, saying today's squad had been put together with an eye on the future.

Chalobah was considered one of the Chelsea academy graduates most likely to break into the first team but departed this summer having made just one league start.

"Winning a trophy is winning a trophy and the feeling you get from it is incredible".

Guardiola's old rival Jose Mourinho hasn't been shy about raiding the United coffers, with the Lukaku swoop headlining a £140 million spree that also brought Benfica defender Victor Lindelof and Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic to Old Trafford.

Mourinho likes his teams to be streetwise and physically imposing.

Mourinho went for a three at the back formation against Real Madrid in the Super Cup on Tuesday night but I think he might revert to a 4-2-3-1 this weekend. "That's my aim and at the end of the season we will see the results". Former Hull City boss has taken over the mantle of Watford, who begin their campaign against Liverpool.

Belgium global Lukaku is expected to start up front but it is not clear how Mourinho will settle his attacking formation with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial keen to start. He took a team on the verge of dropping down to the third tier to the play-offs a year ago.

Arsenal - It will be another season of pain for Arsenal with possibly more protests over Arsene Wenger. The Magpies were top of the table for most of the season and were always the top pick for promotion. At the top, this year is shaping up as a Manchester duopoly.

- the record for most promotions to, and most relegations from, the Premier League.

Arsenal lifted the Community Shield but it's hard to see them being in the title mix by May

The 2017/18 Premier League season welcomes Huddersfield Town and Brighton & Hove Albion for their top flight debuts. Bernardo Silva (£43m) and Danilo (£27m) also join City. When they were relegated to the second tier past year, it was expected they will be back sooner or later. There, Perez apparently told him that Bale is up for sale. Now, he has applied to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in an attempt to force Federation Internationale de Football Association into making U.S. Soccer introduce promotion and relegation. It's not just for his qualities but my relation with him and the way I know him'. If Liverpool is going to be part of this year's title race, the Reds can not afford a slow start.

But with Barcelona chasing star man Philippe Coutinho, winning Liverpool's first title since 1990 would be a remarkable achievement for Klopp.

- Alan Shearer scored 30 Premier League goals in a season on three occasions - 1993-94, 1994-95 and 1995-96. It was only a few years ago that Brighton & Hove Albion almost folded, with the club bankrupt and the stadium sold to pay off the debts.

Could these new rules for the 2017/18 Premier League affect any of the new, expensive, talent which is coming in?

Premier League: Tottenham at Newcastle, 7:30 a.m. Sunday, NBCSN.

Will Conte avoid second-season slump? Can it live up to its reputation this time?

During last season, only Zlatan Ibrahimovic was apparently great all season long and this year that has to change. It's a new year, though, and the Hammers have Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez in the fold.

It will be interesting to see how Pickford deals with this pressure, and it is important to note that Everton play Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United in their first five fixtures, so it be a big ask to keep clean sheets in these games.

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