Stoke City vs. Chelsea

Conte encouraged by Musonda and Kenedy progress

Liverpool legend Phil Thompson is expecting Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea to be challenging for the Premier League title come the end of the season, with Liverpool completing the top four.

City striker Sergio Aguero will go into the game just two goals short of equalling the club's all-time scoring record of 177.

Roy Hodgson will engage in every form of machination to stymie the goals of Pep Guardiola's side but the brute attacking force of the City might be unstoppable especially for a side shorn of quality defenders.

Antonio Conte does not have many roster issues at the helm at Chelsea as the Blues brace themselves for a tricky away tie at Stoke City.

United beat Southampton in the final last season but, speaking after his team began their defence of the trophy with a 4-1 win over Burton Albion, Mourinho suggested English clubs could fare better in Europe without having to contest the lesser of the two domestic cup competitions. "For a long time he was the England team's national coach, so that's good".

With the record television deals in place for the Premier League, there's no wonder top clubs are doing so well financially.




City packs more punch than any club in the league.

Stoke have been inconsistent so far this campaign, although they have fared well on home soil, picking up four points from matches with Arsenal and Manchester United in front of their own fans.

Herrera, who won three trophies with United a year ago, feels that spending big money on transfers will increase pressure to bring home titles - and that the spotlight rests on City.

"Recognition in the media and prizes are OK for 10 minutes and then after that they disappear". "I think anecdotally there was strong interest in the last cycle".

"After the first couple of matches it does seem like they now have a squad capable of winning the league, but it's still early days. We must be ready".

Again, these aren't the only clubs with a chance to win the title. I say "only" because with the current transfer fees this season, it doesn't buy you too much. recouping 213 million in the same time and our net spend is only a Raheem Sterling more than United. Manchester United and Chelsea are now under threat of legal action from the Equality and Human Rights Commission but Crystal Palace, Everton, Newcastle United and Watford were part of the pledge in 2015 and remain below the recommendations for wheelchair space.

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