Pep Guardiola's Man City are favourites for the title - Merson.


Former Arsenal midfielder: If City don't win the league "it's Guardiola's fault"


Paul Merson is backing Pep Guardiola's Citizens to win the Premier League title, ahead of Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal.

The Arsenal legend and Sky Sports pundit revealed his season predictions on Sky Sports News HQ ahead of the new Premier League campaign which starts on Friday.

"Going forward they are very strong, and they have bought players at the back. Pep Guardiola has bought well, bought a lot of pace in the team at the back, including Kyle Walker," the former Gunner said.

"But if they do not win the league this year, it's Guardiola's fault. It's as simple as that for me. I think the manager didn't adapt to the Premier League last year; he played the same way every game, and you've got to be adaptable in certain matches.

"Jose Mourinho will set up to go to grounds and get a result, but Pep will set up the same way whether playing at Manchester United away or a lower-end team at home."

Man City have spent big this summer with over £200m put into bringing in new acquisitions at the Etihad.

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