Manchester City made an imperious start to the Premier League season, brushing aside Brighton & Hove Albion with ease at the Amex Stadium. Pep Guardiola’s men barely had to get out of first gear to defeat the Seagulls as a strike from Sergio Aguero and an own goal from Lewis Dunk was enough to secure the three points. Kyle Walker, Danilo and Ederson were handed their full City debuts and enjoyed solid starts to their careers in sky blue, while fellow new signing Bernardo Silva appeared from the bench.
Benjamin Mendy can still come into the fold having missed the opener, highlighting the frightening amount of depth City have at their disposal this term. Perhaps the biggest spending is yet to come to the Etihad Stadium, with Alexis Sanchez linked with a £60 million move to the club to link up with his former boss from his days at Barcelona.
As a result, City are well worth backing with a free bet; although their value may not be great, their odds of 6/4 with Betway are the best and, considering the talent that may be added, that price may only shorten in the future. A move for Sanchez would not only strengthen City’s formidable attack even further but also significantly weaken a potential rival in Arsenal. Arsene Wenger has been adamant that the Chilean is not for sale, but with a year left on his contract his hand could be forced should the fee become too overwhelming for the Gunners’ board to rebuff. The 28-year-old was nothing short of outstanding for Arsenal last season. He scored 24 goals and contributed 10 assists in his 38 Premier League matches, along with another three goals and three assists in the Champions League. Even his brilliance was not good enough to guide the Gunners into Europe’s elite competition as Arsenal finished outside the top four for the first time in 20 years.
Without Champions League football Sanchez cannot be blamed for looking elsewhere and a reunion with Guardiola could be the perfect combination to make the most of his remaining years of his peak. The Chilean played under Guardiola in the 2011-12 campaign and had a solid season, despite playing second fiddle to the brilliance of Lionel Messi’s 50 league goals. Should the Spaniard pull the trigger on the move it would hand him a trio of formidable frontmen to lead the line, with Sanchez, Aguero and Gabriel Jesus.
Whether all three players could work together would be another matter, although Barcelona showed how destructive a three-man partnership of Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez. City would certainly have the strongest line-up in the Premier League with that strike force and could certainly have the ability to challenge Real Madrid and Barcelona in Europe. Goals were the key to Guardiola’s success with Barcelona and Bayern Munich and Sanchez’s arrival could be the spark that sees City return to the top of the Premier League and perhaps them allow them to break their duck on the continent to lift the Champions League trophy.