Brighton bank on surprise factor to upset City

Guardiola's men have impressed in pre-season and are favourites to win the Premier League

In his first press conference of the new season ahead of tomorrow's opener against Brighton, Pep Guardiola confirmed that there will be more transfers before the window shuts in 20 days. That game ended 2-2, with Brighton prevailing 5-3 on penalties at their former home, the Withdean Stadium. That said, here are three reasons Man City should be considered title favorites.

City had one of the oldest squads in the Premier League last season with an average age of 28.9 years. "The full backs are young, Mendy, Kyle, Danilo". I was confident last season too.

Asked about extra pressure, he added: "It's the same pressure as I had last season".

Recent reports suggest the City boss is keen on reuniting with Barcelona man Sergio Busquets. City have had impressive results in preseason when applying the three in the back, with wins over Real Madrid, Tottenham, and West Ham, City have only conceded one goal throughout these three friendlies and scored ten. This is a big season for Pep and his side since they have spent a lot of money in the transfer window and they will be expected to win the league.

Guardiola has admitted such a lacklustre performance would have seen him sacked at his previous clubs Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

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From goalkeeper to forwards Manchester City have the best squad in England, as some of their backups could start for a top six side in England. The defensive midfielder role looks a little fragile with Yaya Toure and Fernandinho both on the wrong side of 30.

The race for the Premier League crown is a marathon and one we should all expect Manchester City to be involved in right until the end.

City would still have top talents on the bench if this starting eleven was occupied, with Nicolás Otamendi, Danilo, Ilkay Gündoğan, Raheem Sterling, and new signing Bernardo Silva all as impact subs.

Those deals were small change compared to City's spending of course and Chris Hughton's signings have been offset by a broken leg for Beram Kayal that will keep the midfielder sidelined for around three months. For City it's just trying to gel everyone together, understand the tactics, and avoid injuries.

Newly-promoted Brighton are set for a baptism of fire as they face heavily reinforced Manchester City in their opening Premier League fixture, with many believing the Citizens are finally ready to mount a serious title challenge.

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