Manchester City lost their Premier League crown last year to bitter rivals Manchester United, but with both teams experiencing big changes The Citizens will hope to win their second title in three years at the expense of newly appointed David Moyes' Red Devils.
City's owners decided to controversially replace Roberto Mancini with ex-Real Madrid and Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini after the Italian failed to bring any meaningful silverware back to the Etihad Stadium last season. However the City fans can still have cause for optimism as they have added handsomely to their already embarrassing amount of riches within the squad.
The never-ending cheque book has seen Spanish internationals and ex-Sevilla team-mates Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo, Brazilian maestro Fernandinho and Montengro's Stevan Jovetic all burst through the Etihad door this summer.
On the other side of Manchester David Moyes has been unable to add to his squad at the same level, and with Wayne Rooney's future growing ever uncertain, it's not the start that the former Everton boss would've hoped for.
Although with Cesc Fabregas constantly linked and the failed attempt to bring in Thiago Alcantara, Moyes has shown that he has some money to strengthen.
Pellegrini will look to hit the ground running with City, however he'll certainly be faced with a selection dilemma for the match with Alan Pardew's Newcastle United when the teams meet on August 19th.
With Navas, Negredo and Jovetic all looking to impress early on, they'll have Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Edin Dzeko and Samir Nasri to contend with for a starting role within the forward line.
Yaya Toure, Javi Garcia and Fernandinho will expect to fill the midfield births, as well as Gareth Barry, Jack Rodwell and James Milner all looking to get a first team spot with the World Cup in mind next summer - leaving the Chilean with three positions to fill out of the seven forwards mentioned above.
This is a problem for City as Pellegrini may not know who his strongest forward line is, which could cost them early on in the season as they experiment.
Moyes will look to take advantage of this by not making too many changes to the team he inherited from Sir Alex Ferguson.
With many big name players on the bench, it may cause Pellegrini an unwanted headache and with players at the top of their game being unhappy with a place in the dugout, it could lead to in-house uncertainty and a lack of team spirit.
However Pellegrini is willing to take this risk as every single player mentioned is a potential match winner, but this could be the chance for United to open up a gap against their rivals which ultimately could be crucial come the end of the season.
Moyes has made it clear that Robin Van Persie will be his main man next season, with or without Wayne Rooney.
On paper it seems as though City have the edge, however with this clarity is something that City will lack so it will be down to the new City boss to find his best team quickly and hope that United's tough opening fixtures will keep them within touching distance.
One thing is for sure is that with all the attacking talent on show in Manchester this season we will not be starved of goals.
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