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Wolexis Premier League Preview: Man City, Man Utd, Newcastle, Southampton, Stoke City

Manchester City (Last Season Finish- 3rd) Pep Guardiola would be itching to get it going this season. The ex-Barcelona manager finished t…

Manchester City (Last Season Finish- 3rd)
Pep Guardiola would be itching to get it going this season. The ex-Barcelona manager finished the season without a trophy and has gone into the window with no pity for the Etihad’s account.

Man City have forked out a lot of money on new signings as Guardiola looks to build his own squad with a bulk of that money going to defensive reinforcements. Man City might win a trophy this season but I’m concerned about the firepower up front as that has not been reasonably sorted out yet.

Man Utd (Last Season Finish- 6th)
Man Utd’s last night defeat to Real Madrid showed the gulf in class between the English and Spanish giants. But while Man Utd ensured they got into the Champions League, their focus looks at winning the English Premier League.

The Red Devils signed Romelu Lukaku, Victor Lindelof, and Nemanja Matic gradually plugging pieces in places that needed solid men. I’m not going to be biased and call them champions but they look like they have got a great chance this season.

Newcastle United (Last Season Finish- Championship)
I have always been a fan of Rafa Benitez. He might fail in man-management and approach but there is no denying the man to be a tactical genius. The former Liverpool boss took the reins at Newcastle and has changed the air around the grounds.

I believe Newcastle have enough experience and good quality players to be able to avoid drop and seal a decent midtable finish in first ask. All in all, it is great to see Rafa back.

Southampton (Last Season Finish- 8th)
Southampton have established themselves as one of the elites in the midtable game. The Saints had a good season finishing a respectable eight and were few converted chances away from beating Man Utd in the League Cup final.

There is a new coach at the helm after Claude Puel was sacked with Mauricio Pellegrino coming in, but regardless of the change and the possible departure or freezing of Virgil van Dijk, I don’t see them being dragged into a relegation battle.

Stoke City (Last Season Finish- 13th)
But can he do it on a cold windy night at Britannia? It is going to be a different litmus test for clubs at Stoke City after the Potters, strangely, sold a lot of experience. Jon Walters, Marko Arnautovic, Phil Bardsley, and Glen Whelan all left the club.

Kudos to Mark Hughes for bringing in Kurt Zouma from Chelsea. Stoke have a tricky start though as their first four games include home games against Arsenal and Man Utd and a trip to Goodison Park to face Everton