Is university sport a viable alternative to the Premier League?

Annette Crawford
September 23, 2017

City are joint top of the Premier League, level with United on 13 points after five matches, but Guardiola rejected suggestions the battle for the title is already shaping up as a two-horse race between the Manchester clubs.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola agrees with an unfavourable assessment of the EFL Cup offered by Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.

Chelsea coach Antonio Conte has been boosted by the news that forward Eden Hazard is ready to start his first league game of the season.

"I'm delighted to be back on the training field with these players because I think they have a genuine desire to get better and become a better team", said Hodgson.

He was then questioned on how his former club, Liverpool, would fare, to which he responded: 'Fourth'.

League leaders City will be expected to brush aside a Palace team who have failed to collect a point or score a goal in five league games. Perhaps more worryingly, the Potters fell to a shock 2-0 loss to Bristol City in their Carabao Cup third round match.

The current Premier League deal, which runs through to 2019, is worth £5.14 billion - an eye-watering amount even for what many consider to be the most popular league in the sport.

One alternative for this weekend would see Erik Pieters tuck in from left-wing-back - but that would mean a league debut for 18-year-old Josh Tymon in his stead.

Zouma is quoted as saying by the Daily Star: "It will be weird but I hope that we win this game".

With Conte admitting after the game that he wishes to bring these two youngsters into the squad during this campaign, this weekend will be too soon, but we could be hearing their names more often as the season progresses. An easy early schedule can make you a club look much better than it actually, while a hard early schedule can make it look much worse'.

"He wants to be a legend at the club which is important for us".

Manchester United and Manchester City have broken free from the rest of the English Premier League as the only two remaining unbeaten teams with identical 4-0-1 records.

The Blues are aiming to defend their Premier League title this season while also launching a bid to win the Champions League.

The Chelsea manager opted to hand a number of young players precious game time against Mark Warburton's men, with Kenedy and Charly Musonda especially catching the eye. I expect Conte to name the same team except Rudiger will come in for Cahill and Christensen will replace the suspended Luiz.

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