This opening EPL weekend no team has yet triumphed on their home turf, leaving only Manchester City tonight at Eastlands with the task of breaking the sequence hosting newly promoted Swansea.

On paper, this is a no brainer and given Roberto Mancini’s plethora of attacking delights – City should comfortably get their campaign off the mark. Up until late on at The Hawthorns yesterday, it seemed like the old guard top four were also going to be held up in their quest for an opening day win. With a bit of luck the ball found its way into the net from Ashley Young’s low cross to give United the spoils in a nervy victory which also included a possible defensive headache for Sir Alex with Vidic & Ferdinand limping off. So with Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal held to surprising stalemates, is it time for City to shake off the shackles of  disappointment from last weeks showpiece Wembley defeat and show watching journo’s – this season city mean business.

A lack of complacency and the assembling of new players last year told its own story, with City at times looking disjointed and bereft of ideas when more experienced sides came calling. This year the spine of the team is solid, Joe Hart in sticks, Kompany and Lescott in front of him and De Jong and Toure bossing the middle of the park – Dzeko, bad boy Ballotelli and Aguero should have no problem doing the business in the oppositions final third.

Mancini is hoping to add to last years FA Cup success but admits himself the league might be out of his grasp, I think deep down he believes his side should have a say when the main prize is handed out in May. Tonight a comfortable and confidence boosting win should put them on the right track.

Joe spots Mario Ballotelli's gold encrusted suitcase


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