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 ditch Roberto Mancini for ex-Madrid and Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini, after the Italian failed to bring any silverware back to the Etihad last campaign, but 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 midfield maestro Fernandinho and Montenegro'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, Moyes has shown that he has some money to strengthen. Javier Hernandez, Shinji Kagawa and Danny Welbeck are also credible candidates to replace the Liverpudlian should he head for the exit door.
Pellegrini will look to hit the ground running with City, although he'll certainly be faced with a selection dilemma for the visit of Alan Pardew's Newcastle United when the teams meet on the 19th of August.
With Navas, Negredo and Jovetic all looking to impress early on and establish themselves in English football, 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, with Gareth Barry, Jack Rodwell and James Milner also looking to get a first team spot with the World Cup in mind next summer. This leaves the Chilean with three positions to fill from the seven forwards mentioned above.
This is a problem for City as Pellegrini may be uncertain as to what his strongest forward line is, which could cost them early on in the season as they experiment.
Meanwhile, 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 each 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 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 for sure, is that with all the attacking talent on show in Manchester this season we will not be starved for goals.
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