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Expectations this season are high after our play to end last season and with Marko Arnautovic gone and replaced.

Guardiola said his Spanish compatriot David Silva would take over as club captain following Vincent Kompany's departure at the end of last season.

"I want to see us to start this season in the way that we finished the last one".

The latest prospect to come through the club's famed academy is England global Declan Rice and the midfielder was linked with a host of top clubs during his breakout year.

It's the day after the transfer deadline, a slow news day, and still, Moussa Marega continues to be linked to Premier League sides.

"David has nearly one decade here with the club, in the Premier League".

The hosts are a whopping [13.5] on the Exchange, and again, the best odds on offer elsewhere are at least half a point shorter.

"Maybe teams get more points out of each other and you win it with 85, just because the competition is that high".

Captain Mark Noble is unlikely to have recovered from a knock in time for the season opener, whilst Lukasz Fabianski is also doubtful having missed the final two pre-season fixtures.

Guardiola is expecting a hard test against a side managed by former City boss Manuel Pellegrini, especially given the Hammers' form towards the end of last season, when they claimed three consecutive wins over Tottenham, Southampton and Watford.

Sebastian Haller is likely to start up top in a competitive game for the first time for the Hammers. Rodri could also start his first league game for City following an impressive performance last weekend in the Community Shield.

He added: "You think it will give the fans a bit of confidence in the owners, that they're putting their money where their mouth is and spending now".

Last week I previewed the Community Shield on these pages, and I wrote that it would be lower-scoring than expected.

This will be the Irons' second season under Manuel Pellegrini, who will be looking to build on last seasons 10th place finish.

A City Win, Under 2.5 Goals and "No" to a Goal Scored in Both Halves, comes in at [5.43] and if the match goes the way I think it will, that feels like a nice price.



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