Gary Lineker has tipped Manchester City to regain their Premier League crown in a thrilling title race with current champions Liverpool.
The Reds romped to the title last term, beating nearest challengers City by 18 points to win their first top-flight crown for 30 years.
But Lineker fears they haven't strengthened sufficiently to hold on to the trophy, and reckons City will have enough to pip them to top spot.
Lineker wrote in The Sun: "I’m 50/50 over whether it will be City or Liverpool who lifts the trophy in May. But if I had to go one way I’d go with Pep Guardiola’s men — only just though . . . maybe 51/49!
"I might feel differently if Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp can sign Thiago Alcantara, who is a wonderful player. And with their outstanding front three of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, they won’t be far away.
"But experience tells us that title winners need to invest in their squad rather than stand still."
Former Spurs and England striker Lineker has also tipped Manchester United and Chelsea to provide more of a challenge to the top two this term.
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He believes Donny van de Beek will make the Red Devils stronger at the back, but says Arsenal could gatecrash the top four, saying they are more likely than Tottenham to infiltrate the Champions League places.
Lineker expects those six clubs, plus Wolves, Leicester and Everton, to form a breakaway 'top nine' – while saying relegation could be three from 'any of the rest'.
The Match of the Day host says Leeds have the best chance of the promoted clubs of preserving their top-flight status, ahead of their season opener at Anfield on Saturday evening.
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