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ENGLAND - Premier League predictions: Our top team of reporters reveal who they think will win the title, signing of the summer, relegated teams and more in our Q&A

  • The Premier League season begins on Friday when Arsenal host Leicester
  • Chelsea begin their title defence on Saturday at home against Burnley 
  • Sportsmail's reporters have tried to predict the upcoming campaign

  • Finally, the Premier League is back. 
    Sportsmail's expert team of reporters have run the rule over signings, scorers, the managers who are under pressure and the title contenders.


    Signing of the summer? Nemanja Matic (Chelsea to Manchester United, £40m). I was a big fan of his when he was at Chelsea and didn't think he got enough credit. Exactly what United have been needing for some time and will weaken a major rival, too.
    Manager most under pressure? Pep Guardiola, with Jose Mourinho a close second. Both have spent a lot of money. Both loaded with sky-high expectations.

    Who will win the title? Manchester City. I think it will be very close between City and United. Both look as though they will be stronger than last year. City just have the edge.

    Who else makes up top four? Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham. Chelsea and Spurs will be contenders again but fear Liverpool may miss out if Philippe Coutinho leaves.

    Surprise package? Watford might have a decent season under Marco Silva. Many disparaged his effect at Hull last season but I thought he lifted mood and performances for a while. Club too far gone by the time he got there.

    Which teams will be relegated? Huddersfield, Newcastle, Southampton. Think the curse of Ashley will strike Newcastle again. He needed to back Rafa Benitez properly this summer and so far, he hasn't.

    Top goalscorer? Gabriel Jesus. He looked superb when he arrived at City last season. Injury disrupted his season but City have got so much going forward, he will get plenty of chances.

    Which Premier League team has best chance of winning Champions League? Chelsea. If City and United set the pace domestically, it's easy to see a situation where the Champions League becomes Chelsea's main target. If Eden Hazard plays to his potential, anything is possible.

    One thing you DO want to see this season? Stockport County get promoted from the National League North. Clubs to stop ripping off their fans. Very little chance of either happening.

    One thing you DON'T want to see this season? Constant blaming of the referee for a defeat. It's so boring. Take some responsibility yourself for a change.

    Source: Dailymail (UK)
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