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Football: Predators circle champions Man City in Premier League

Published on Aug 12, 2014 4:48 PM
Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic hits a shot during the FA Community Shield football match against Arsenal at Wembley Stadium in north London on August 10, 2014. Manchester City lost the match 3-0. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - With Manchester United resurgent and big-name signings at Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool, Manchester City will face a battle to hold on to their English Premier League crown in the 2014-15 season.

The Reds' late-season collapse enabled City to power to the title in May, but the campaign that gets under way on Saturday will look very different to the one that preceded it.

Luis Suarez, last season's outstanding player, has left Liverpool for Barcelona after creating yet another biting storm by sinking his teeth into the shoulder of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.

After a wretched 2013-14, United have a new manager at the helm in the straight-talking Louis van Gaal, who quickly won over the club's fans during a successful pre-season tour of the United States.

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