Former Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce is expecting the club to finish above Manchester United this season.
Speaking to SkySports News HQ's Premier League Preview at 10am (10/8), Pearce said that he believes City have a stronger squad and expects them to make further signings before the transfer window closes.
Pearce said: "City will finish higher, United's squad is fairly weaker which is why their new signings can come straight into the team.
"City have got the financial power to bring more in before the end of the window, I wouldn't be surprised if they do."
France's Paul Pogba
Both clubs have spent big money this summer, with United paying a world record fee to re-sign Paul Pogba from Juventus.
City have added smartly with John Stones and Ilkay Gundogan among the players brought in, while new managerial appointments Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho add to the intrigue.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola poses after the press conference
Former England under-21 boss Stuart Pearce added that he believes Arsenal will hold onto their regular position in the top four despite the increased competition in the Premier League this season.
He said: "I think they'll finish in the top four, but between now and start of the season they need to recruit. City and United and Liverpool will be stronger, while Tottenham will be disappointed with third placed finish so they'll be stronger again."
Time is fast running out for Arsenal to add players before the season kicks off, when they face Liverpool, and they are short of defenders due to injuries to Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista.
Jack Wilshere is also a fitness doubt while questions continue to be asked as to whether they have enough up front, with Olivier Giroud yet to break the 20 goal barrier in the Premier League for the club.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger