>> The English Premier League is back in action. World soccer's most watched club competition kicking off again after its summer break. For the first time, the opening match takes place on a Friday night, when Arsenal meet Leicester. That after another busy summer in the transfer market, Premier League clubs splashing out over a billion pounds on players, or about $1.3 billion.
Among the deals about $100 million to take Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United. But Pep Guardiola's Manchester City is the biggest of the big spenders. And when title chances are the subject, Reuters sports correspondent Neil Robinson says money talks.>> City have gotta be favorites if only because of the amount of money they've spent.
Which is an eye-watering 200 million pounds on five players, three of whom are fullbacks. But Pep Guardiola clearly saw the need to remodel his defense. He needs pacier, wider players and a new goalkeeper, and this is his answer.>> Last season saw Chelsea take the title with some ease.
But the West London side has endured a difficult summer. They have missed out on key transfer targets, and seen key player Nemanja Matic depart for Manchester United. Superstitious gamblers might think that's not the only reason to back Jose Mourinho's side.>> United, well, one of the interesting facts about Jose Mourinho is that he always wins the title in his second season
>> He's done it twice at Chelsea. He did it at Porto. He's done it at Inter Milan and Real Madrid. And so if you're a betting man, he might be worth a fiver.>> Other teams will aim to have a say in the title race. Arsenal hope incoming striker Alexandre Lacazette will up their goal tally.
New Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah picked by many as among the best signings of the summer. And Tottenham go into the campaign full of optimism after a strong second place finish last year. Right now though, most pundits expect this contest to be settled in Manchester.