Friday Five: Things to Look out for This Week
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Posted by Featured Articles | Published on August 12, 2016
Friday Five is a new feature that looks at five things for football fans to look out for this week.
- The Champions
Can Leicester City defend their Premiership crown? The pundits and opinion polls seem to think they have no chance. Claudio himself seems to suggest that they should be longer odds to win the title this year. However, The Foxes have kept many key players; only losing Kante in the process. They should easily dispatch of Hull City tomorrow lunchtime and I would be tempted to put a few bob on the new boy Musa. He gave Barcelona the run-around in the second half last week and could destroy Hull, should he be in the squad.
- Pep Guardiola
It’s been a long time coming but Pep Guardiola is finally in the Premier League. He takes charge of Manchester City for the first time in the Premiership as they welcome David Moyes’ Sunderland. He will be under pressure from day one to get Manchester City playing quick, attacking and penetrating football. Who will play in his first squad? How will he deal with the physicality of the Premiership? How much meaningful possession will his team have? Can Sunderland cause a shock? All will be answered tomorrow at 17:30.
- The Special One.
Jose Mourinho takes his new look Manchester United side to the South-Coast to play Bournemouth. The odds are the Zlatan will play up front with Rooney playing in behind him. Paul Pogba debut will be at Old Trafford against Southampton, as he has a suspension to carry over which means he shall miss out on Sunday. Many people believe that they will easily destroy the Cherries, it is worth noting that the last time Eddie Howe and Jose Mourinho met, Eddie Howe won. It would be the biggest shock of the weekend if Bournemouth managed to squeeze out a win against Manchester United.
- New Boys.
Burnley, Hull and Middlesbrough make their return to the top division. Hull face the current champions, Middlesbrough welcome Stoke to the Riverside and Burnley face Swansea at Turf Moor. It is suggested by many the Hull are relegated already due to the turmoil the club finds itself in. Burnley simply have not recruited well enough, they will rely heavily on the inexperienced Andre Gray at this level. The opposite to the ‘Boro who have recruited very well and have a very experienced striker at this level in Negredo.
- Champions League Play-off round.
Both Manchester City and Celtic face interesting ties mid-week. Manchester City will be off to the Romanian side Steaua Bucharest for the first leg of their tie, where Celtic will face the unknown quantity of Hapoel Beer-Sheva. It is anticipated the both sides will do well and both British sides fans will be expecting their side to go through to the group stages of the Champions League at least.