Premier League 2017-18 season sees two Manchester clubs as favorites

  • Premier League 2017-18 season sees two Manchester clubs as favorites

Premier League 2017-18 season sees two Manchester clubs as favorites

Chelsea will kick off the defence of their Premier League title when they entertain Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

"Chelsea are weaker than last season - no Diego Costa, no Matic - and I'm concerned for them. I think the club knows every well what my opinion is and the club is trying to do their best".

"But we take confidence from winning the Premier League a year ago and the way we have begun pre-season".

Jose Mourinho landed a considerable blow to Chelsea's preparations for the upcoming campaign by pinching Romelu Lukaku - a big target for the Italian - from under their nose.

In an interview with Yahoo Sport, Lampard backed up the rumours that Matic asked to leave Chelsea as he suggested the Serbian midfielder was the driving force behind the move to Old Trafford.

Coming to the midfield, Danny Drinkwater is the deal which could most likely happen although it is believed that Conte prefers Italian worldwide Antonio Candreva for his versatility.

Michy Batshuayi started up front in the Community Shield against Arsenal but Chelsea fans will be hoping to see record summer signing Alvaro Morata start this weekend. The impasse between Antonio Conte and Diego Costa might not have been much of a surprise given their training ground spat in January though it could not have played out worse for the club after Costa torpedoed Chelsea's bargaining position by revealing he was no longer wanted in London.

'Any silverware is important, even the so-called lesser trophies like the League Cup, because it sets a winning mindset but the league is the title everyone wants'.

The transfer movements at Chelsea is concerning to Conte, who believes it will be tough to stay at the top without strengthening the squad. "I think it's another kind of player but at the same time are two great scorers". But we must be ready, we must be ready to try to do our best tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has backed Morata to do an admirable job leading the line for Chelsea, adding: "Conte will make him work exactly the way he wants". Now I have to adapt to a new team with a very tactical Italian coach, with many changes.

Burnley have been bouncing between top two divisions of England's league system in recent years, but they did well to survive previous Premier League campaign, finishing six points above the relegation zone.

With a £75 million striker - Romelu Lukaku - in the ranks and an experienced midfielder in Nemanja Matic bought from Chelsea, Manchester United will be expected to make the ideal start.