Football magazine FourFourTwo has predicted Brighton will be relegated from the Premier League this coming season. The Seagulls finished 15th in their debut Premier League campaign last year but FourFourTwo tips the club to go down with newly-promoted Cardiff and Huddersfield this season. The magazine said: "Fail to improve their away form in a big way, and it will be a long old season." Albion fan Scott McCarthy, asked by FourFourTwo about the 2018/19 season, feels the club will finish 15th again but closer to the relegation zone than last year's seven-point gap. FourFourTwo say Pascal Gross will be Albion's key player, after being involved in 44 per cent of the club's goals last season. The preview appears to have been written before Brighton signed Mali international midfielder Yves Bissouma and Iran winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh, who joined last week for a club record fee. Manchester City are predicted to win the Premier League, ahead of Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham. … [Read more...] about Brighton tipped to be relegated by FourFourTwo, with Manchester City predicted to win the Premier League
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No club has retained the Premier League title since 2009 but, in that past decade, rarely have any begun a campaign looking as strong as current champions Manchester City. If ever a team looked capable of ending that wait for a back-to-back winner, it is the outstanding Pep Guardiola-inspired side that powered to glory last term.City were in a class of their own as they claimed the title with a record 100 points, scoring 106 goals and winning 32 matches in the process. They finished 19 points clear of the field and immediately made clear their determination to stay that far ahead by spending £60million on Riyad Mahrez.With the ever-hungry Guardiola not standing for complacency – and a squad packed with youth and talent – the rest of the competition face a formidable challenge to derail the side from Eastlands.Of those rivals, Liverpool perhaps look the best placed to halt City’s march. Jurgen Klopp has built an exciting and powerful side of his own that proved … [Read more...] about Premier League preview: Who can stop Manchester City winning the title?
Southampton are in a positive situation as they prepare for the final day of the season. Manolo Gabbiadini’s winner on Tuesday night against relegation rivals Swansea was a huge step towards securing Premier League safety. They are safe with a win or draw, and should still survive with a loss. Swansea will have to win and overcome a nine-goal disparity in goal difference to usurp the Saints. Southampton should be safe. Manchester City are the visitors to St. Mary’s, and the Champions still have something to play for. Pep Guardiola’s team are chasing records, and looking to become the first team to total 100 points in an English top division season. A win will take them to that figure. That is why Mark Hughes will not be sleeping entirely soundly. Guardiola has immense attacking reserves at his disposal; Manchester City score far more goals than anyone else in the division. Swansea face relegated Stoke, and will target a big win against a side with nothing to play … [Read more...] about Southampton vs Manchester City LIVE: What time is it, what channel is it on, where can I watch it, odds and more
Pep Guardiola has warned his title-winning Manchester City players he will be tougher and demand more from them next season. The City boss believes taking a stricter approach is the best way to ensure complacency does not set in after a such a dominant campaign. City's Premier League crown was secured last weekend with a record-equalling five games to spare but, despite all the plaudits, Guardiola insists his players will have to keep on proving themselves. He said: "It is what I handled in Barcelona and Bayern Munich - players started to believe what (they) had done was thanks to me, and that allowed them to play in the future. And that is not the truth. 20 best Premier League teams ever, by points total 21 show all 20 best Premier League teams ever, by points total 1/21 Which historic Premier League teams come closest to this Manchester City side? Getty 2/21 Points: 85Goal difference: +39Position: 2nd Getty 3/21 Points: 85Goal difference: +58Position: 2nd Getty … [Read more...] about Pep Guardiola’s warning to his Manchester City title winners
by Press Association April 21 2018, 11.01pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppLinkedInEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Want to read more?Subscribe today from £1 a week Pep Guardiola has warned his title-winning Manchester City players he will be tougher and demand more from them next season. The City boss believes taking a stricter approach is the best way to ensure complacency does not set in after a such a dominant campaign. City’s Premier League crown was secured last weekend with a record-equalling five games to spare but, despite all the plaudits, Guardiola insists his players will have to keep on proving themselves. He said: “It is what I handled in Barcelona and Bayern Munich – players started to believe what (they) had done was thanks to me, and that allowed them to play in the future. And that is not the truth. “What we had done we had done, (but) that helped us to (think), ‘We have done it once we can do it again, and the … [Read more...] about Manchester City boss Guardiola will be tougher on players next season