Manchester City:

Pep Guardiola’s side has one question that has to be asked about them. Will they be able to defend? The manager has stuck to an attacking philosophy but that made him fall short in every competition in the last season. It was an underwhelming performance in the first campaign for Pep Guardiola, as he addressed English football so now focus is on how he fixes the mistakes made. Guardiola has been an attacking manager, thinking no matter how many the other team scores he can always outscore them. The Premier League though made him realize he needs to defend too. His powder puff defence could not be trusted that’s why he has brought in two new full backs to the club in Kyle Walker and Danilo, whilst also signing a keeper in Ederson who can help his team play from the back. The issue perhaps still remains in central defence so it will vital if he depends on Kompany, Stones and Otamendi. Having strengthened his defence, he’s looked to make his attack more menacing with signing Bernardo Silva who was immense in Monaco’s successful last campaign. Winning a single trophy would be an improvement on last season but a club like Manchester City demands more and with the money spent by their manager they expect him to deliver, that is certainly non-negotiable.

Most important player: David Silva

Predicted finish: 1st

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Manchester United:

Jose Mourinho has always won the league in his second season no matter where he goes. Will he be successful this time too? He has spent lavishly again in this transfer window to ensure he comes out on top. Manchester United have been looking to return to the top for 4 seasons now, this season will be no different. The firepower in the squad means they have to be contenders this time. No less will be acceptable. The leading record 20-times champions have a good season behind them to push them on. Having won the Europa League and the EFL Cup, Jose will look to spark his team into action as they are back in the Champions League. To do that, Manchester United have made three additions to their squad by getting their transfer business done early. Signing Romelu Lukaku from Everton for the goals that lacked last season, Victor Lindelof in central defence who looks like a good young prospect but will need time to adapt to the fast flow of this league. And probably the most surprising season, Nemanja Matic has signed from rivals Chelsea as Jose looks for protection in front of the top four and looks to free Paul Pogba to deliver what he was signed to do, goals and assists. Mourinho has made it clear he wants four signings, who will be the fourth one remains a mystery but this squad still looks good on paper. Young, fast and if reports are right Zlatan Ibrahimovic rejoins in January, Jose has youth and experience in his team with perfect balance.

Most important player: Romelu Lukaku

Predicted Finish: 2nd

Tottenham Hotspur:

Optimism is at the most high after Spurs finished second in the last campaign. Spurs had a certain zest about them last season. Maybe it was the nostalgia of walking into White Hart Lane as they came closer to the ground being closed down with the construction for a new modern stadium stood ahead. The dilemma for Tottenham will be being stuck in the middle, having to play their home games in Wembley. Which to put it mildly was a struggle the last season too. But spending £800m on a modern stadium means having to be careful and sensitive in the transfer market. Perhaps that has been the reason, they have made zero signings so far with all rival teams strengthening their squads. Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham head coach, himself has admitted that they must spend to remain in title contention. On a positive note, Tottenham have been able to keep all of their star performers from last season. Interest in Hugo Lloris, Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Eric Dier has been fended off. There was a time when Tottenham were a target for bigger clubs. Tottenham still have a lot to decide, whether to play two or three at the back is still an issue and remains talking point.

Most important player: Harry Kane

Predicted finish: 5th