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BT Sport's Premier League 2018/19 team guides: Leicester City to Newcastle United

In the third instalment of BT Sport's extensive four-part guide to the new season, we run the rule over Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Newcastle United.

The 2018/19 Premier League season is fast approaching, but how are your team shaping up for the new campaign?

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Ahead of BT Sport's first live game, Saturday's clash between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton, we decided to take a closer look at this year's 20 participants.

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Here, we run the rule over Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Newcastle United in the third instalment of an exclusive four-part series.

LEICESTER CITY

Star man – Jamie Vardy. The Foxes might not have been title contenders last season but the England international was still lethal in attack with 23 club goals to his name.

One to watch - Harry Maguire will be oozing with confidence in the Leicester backline following an exemplary World Cup campaign with England - assuming he is not picked off by Manchester United before the transfer window slams shut.

Key new arrival – Jonny Evans. The former Manchester United defender is a real coup for boss Claude Puel. He brings a wealth of experience and leadership qualities to the King Power Stadium and will ease the burden on Maguire and Wes Morgan in the heart of their defence.

Season objective – To rediscover their ruthless streak to clinch European qualification.

Worth a flutter – Jamie Vardy takes the golden boot 40/1 EW (Bet365)

LIVERPOOL

Star man – No prizes for guessing here! It is, of course, Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian won a host of accolades following a scintillating first season in Liverpool colours. The Anfield fans adore him and it's not hard to see why with a record of 44 goals in 52 Reds appearances to this point.

One to watch – His work-rate and desire have been questioned but summer signing Xherdan Shaqiri is capable of producing spectacular moments and will provide some much-needed depth in wide attacking areas.

Key new arrival – The heavily documented declines of Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet prompted the Reds to spend big to land Brazil number one Alisson Becker. Can the former AS Roma stopper provide the platform for silverware?

Season objective – To be crowned champions.

Worth a flutter – Liverpool to win their first seven Premier League games 33/1 (Ladbrokes). That’s against: West Ham (H), Crystal Palace (A), Brighton (H), Leicester City (A), Tottenham Hotspur (A), Southampton (H) and Chelsea (A).

MANCHESTER CITY

Star man – Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian playmaker epitomises class, linking the City play with majestic through balls and precise passing. Having added to his reputation with an impressive World Cup, he will again be the heartbeat of Pep Guardiola's side.

One to watch – Social media favourite Benjamin Mendy will be determined to put an injury-interrupted 2017/18 behind him to make the City left-back berth his own. His barnstorming overlapping runs will terrify right-backs up and down the country.

Key new arrival Sole major signing Riyad Mahrez will be under the microscope as he looks to replicate his astonishing title-winning form during his spell at Leicester City.

Season objective – Retain their title - and hopefully win the Champions League, too.

Worth a flutter – To win the Champions League 11/2 (Bet365)

MANCHESTER UNITED

Star man – It's the perennial question with United these days: can Jose Mourinho bring out the best in Paul Pogba? The Frenchman was a leading figure in Les Bleus' World Cup triumph and United fans have every right to expect a similarly strong season in red. Over to you, Jose.

One to watch – Marcus Rashford. The England forward will be pushing for more playing time and will have to be ruthless when he gets his chances.

Key new arrival – Mourinho believes Fred, signed from Shakhtar Donetsk, can utilise “his creative brain and passing vision to give us another dimension to our game". United fans will hope the manager is spot on about the Brazil international.

Season objective – Rival neighbours City for the title - and/or don't finish below Liverpool!

Worth a flutter – Romelu Lukaku to win the golden boot 10/1 (Bet365)

NEWCASTLE UNITED

Star man – When Jonjo Shelvey is in gear, there is a fluidity to Newcastle’s play. The St James' Park faithful are hoping he can channel the disappointment of narrowly missing out on England's World Cup squad into producing further quality displays for the Magpies this term.

One to watch – New boy Salomon Rondon's incredible work-rate should quickly make him a favourite of both the Newcastle fans and boss Rafael Benitez. The Venezuelan defends from the front like his life depends on it and if he can enjoy better service than he received for much of his time at West Brom, the goals could start flowing again.

Key new arrival – Kenedy. The Chelsea loanee is captivating to watch and entertained the Newcastle faithful last season. Will be astute business if he can replicate that form.

Season objective – Realistically, survival will do considering the ongoing toxicity of owner Mike Ashley's alleged desire to sell up and clear off. The fans are praying Benitez does not finally grow tired of Ashley's parsimony and walk away from a club he otherwise loves leading.

Worth a flutter – Rafa Benitez the next manager to leave his post 8/1 (Ladbrokes)

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