The title favourites Manchester City and Chelsea will be looking to prove their worth this Sunday where they will be facing each other for the first time this season. The two clubs whose spending power has helped them climb to the position they are in now has been unmatched in recent years, although City’s fierce rivals United have been investing very heavily this summer. For Chelsea, this is their first real challenge after maintaining a 100% winning start, while Manchester City who have already beaten Liverpool and gained a point at Arsenal will be eager to reduce the five point gap after a shock home defeat to Stoke.
Chelsea have had one of the best transfer windows this summer for me, with a net spend of just £13.1m thanks to the big money sales of Lukaku and Luiz. The two stand-out recruits, Costa and Fabregas, have both got off to an incredible start, with Diego solving the striker problem that has been troubling Chelsea since, well, Drogba left!
City have also enjoyed a pretty shrewd window with a net spend of £24m. The team which won the league last season has remained almost entirely intact, with the only surprise being the exit of Negredo on deadline day, leaving on a season long loan to Valencia. Last season City boasted the highest goals scored with 102, and the second best defensive record with just 37 goals conceded, after Chelsea (27). Despite this, Pellegrini has splashed £32m on the Porto centre-back Mangala, making him the most expensive defender in British football, in an attempt to improve his team further.