Study Finds Liverpool Unluckiest Team In The PL, Man United Luckiest

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Despite being linked to numerous players this season, United have only brought in Diogo Dalot from Porto and Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk.

While Paul Pogba's Manchester United future will need to be resolved amid interest from Barcelona, the dealings are going on at Chelsea with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois set for Real Madrid and Kepa Arrizabalaga arriving from Athletic Bilbao.

On top of the quick turnaround from the World Cup, a shortened transfer window that closes 24 hours before the season kicks off has left many sides scrambling at the last minute to strengthen their squads, none more so than Manchester United.

However, the three pundits who did not pick City - Ian Wright, Ruud Gullit and Martin Keown - all predict that Liverpool will win the Premier League in 2018-19.

"I want this season's title race to be more spicy and I think it will be", Wright said.

City broke a number of records in 2017/18, with their Premier League points tally hitting the 100 mark in what was an unprecedented achievement.

There is little time for the Premier League's stars to shake off a World Cup hangover as less than a month on from Russia's summer showpiece, the chase to catch champions Manchester City begins in earnest on Friday.

They could yet be joined by Celtic, who are aiming to qualify for the UEFA Champions League group stage, plus Burnley, Rangers, Hibernian and Welsh minnows TNS, who are still alive in the UEFA Europa League qualifying rounds at the time of writing.

"I would say absolutely all of them - [Manchester] United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool - will be there [challenging]". "That's why I am backing Jurgen Klopp's side to pip them to the title".

Both clubs have England internationals who went on an extended dalliance in Russian Federation and have only recently returned from their holidays.

With the Premier League deciding not to introduce VAR for the coming season, it is interesting to see how much luck plays a part in the way the league unfolds. But the decision has been made and we'll analyse it in September when it's all over.

"That, they thought, transcended all the other challenges".