Sky Sports presenter David Jones believes Manchester City are favorites to win the Premier League title ahead of Liverpool this season. Pep Guardiola’s side have had a busy transfer window, landing Erling Haaland, Julian Alvarez and Kalvin Phillips so far, while Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko have all been sacked. However, Jones believes they’ve upgraded but believes Jesus makes a good signing for Arsenal.
Express Sport recently visited Sky Sports Studios in London to discuss the new Premier League season.
And Jones suggests City remain favorites for the country’s ultimate prize, saying: ‘I think the favorites are Manchester City.
“They have to be, they’ve won the title four out of the last five seasons, you look at the deals they’ve done and how they’ve received £50m more than they actually spent. Extraordinary.
“They are stronger and I don’t think their business is done.
“If they sign a left-back it will be interesting because Joao Cancelo can play on the left at the other end.”
However, it was a summer of changes at the Etihad.
Gone are Sterling, Zinchenko and Jesus – with Alvarez, Haaland and Phillips touching down from River Plate, Borussia Dortmund and Leeds respectively.
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Some believe that with Sterling and Jesus outsourced, City are now weaker.
But Jones is not among them and he believes they are now stronger than ever as they look to win a third trotting title.
However, he is backing Jesus to now shine at Arsenal – where he is set to become the captain at Emirates Stadium.
“I think they’ve upgraded,” he said.
“Zinchenko was never able to make a name for himself, although I will say he had a huge impact on the last day of last season when he came on as a substitute.
“That gave them a real spark and momentum forward, Jesus too – he played more down the right flank than through the middle.
“When he came we were told that this was Brazil’s next No. 9 that we would be looking at here. It never quite worked for him at Manchester City and of course that can happen if it doesn’t naturally fit.
“Obviously he went to Arsenal for him and was able to hit the ground running in the pre-season. But the team will be built around him and give him chances, which wasn’t always the case with Manchester City.
“This guy is interesting because he guarantees goals.
“If you have Foden, Grealish on the left someone would always miss game time so obviously he would leave.”
However, this season will be unique for Jones and the rest of the Sky Sports team.
The World Cup in Qatar is poised to pause the campaign in November before resuming the following month.
However, Jones believes it will be “novelty” for himself and his colleagues, claiming it will be “pretty funny”.
“I think we’ll enjoy the novelty of it,” he said. “First of all, we have a 16-game season and what I really like about it is that nothing is decided before Christmas.
“Even if there is an outstanding team, no one is going to win it early and of course there will be that break.
“So we can then carry that interest into the new year and have a normal exciting Christmas.
“I think the players will actually be pretty rested because they’re not all going to the World Cup, a lot of them will be off for a few weeks.
“That’s why I don’t expect any loss of quality. There can be some fatigue at the end of the season, a few injuries, anything can happen. Bit of a level playing field.
“But I think the novelty of it is actually going to be pretty fun.”
And Jones is looking forward to the upcoming season too, having taken some time off to recharge his batteries.
“I’m really excited,” he said.
“I said earlier that I was a bit exhausted I think towards the end of last season just because you’re a bit exhausted at the end of May.
“Just a few months to twiddle my thumbs, spend some time on the beach with family, on the golf course.
“Then you start reading the transfer messages. “Oh, he signed from here.” That’s when the wheels start turning again and then I have the mental freshness back and can’t wait to get started – even though we’re a week early.
“We are absolutely ready to go again.”
Sky Sports is the home of the Premier League in the UK and Ireland with 128 exclusive live matches this season – more than any other broadcaster.