Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester City - fans' View

Ross Houston
August 13, 2017

He told the BBC: "I am expecting a lot of transfer activity from last season's top six before the window shuts at the end of August but, as things stands, I would say the title is between the Manchester clubs".

If the overhaul of City's squad, costing over £200 million, does not deliver silverware there will be further uncomfortable questions for the Spaniard, who finished his first season in English football without a single title.

"I think what will be crucial will be their home form".

"I'm here to score goals and be the focal point of the team", Lukaku said.

In an off-season that has seen more than £1 billion (US$1.3 billion) invested in players, Manchester rivals City and United have accounted for more than a third of that spending.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUEUnited will make a return to football's premier European competition this season, after qualifying for the Champions League by winning the Europa League last term.

The Brazilian international's creativity and goal output would have made him the ideal signing for United, following their much-publicised pursuit of a wide player, but his decision to stay at Chelsea may prove pivotal in their quest of retaining the Premier League.

But additionally there is an expectation that Lukaku will need his fellow attackers to support him, with only three other players hitting double-figure goals last season. We lost only one league match at home and in the cups never lost (at home), but there were too many draws. Thankfully the 2017-18 Premier League season returns with a bang this weekend, where on Friday evening Arsenal host Leicester City.

Hughton, who ex-Chelsea, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough midfielder Townsend played alongside for the Republic of Ireland, has experience of managing in the division with Newcastle and Norwich.

"They could have scored more goals than they did, we could have scored more goals than we did..."

Those reasons for excitement include the arrival of striker Romelu Lukaku for £75 million (S$132 million) from Everton, Chelsea's Serbia midfielder Nemanja Matic (£40 million) and Sweden defender Victor Lindelof from Benfica (£30 million). The game will show how well manager Arsene Wenger has prepared to fight back into the top four after they missed out last season. "We are going to do that, step by step".

He said: "I think the champions are the team to beat - they weren't champions for nothing". I want the team to be on a par with the club's history, which is something I've been lucky enough to feel at every club.

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