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Besiktas vs. Manchester City: 6 Things for City Fans to Watch for in Friendly
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The Citizens' preseason has so far been rather subdued.

Last Friday, they suffered a shock defeat to Al Hilal thanks to a single goal by Shaker Nawaf Al-Abed.

Roberto Mancini’s men were equally as unimpressive in a goalless draw against Dynamo Dresden on Wednesday. The Premier League Champions are yet to score a goal in the build up to their title defence.

Although the preseason is not an accurate gauge on what to expect of a club’s future prospects, Manchester City will want to earn a convincing win against Beşiktaş, one of the leading clubs in the Turkish Süper Lig.

The game is of particular importance because it is City’s last before a friendly against Arsenal in China’s "Bird Nest" stadium. The match will take place on July 27 and is integral to Manchester City’s commercial aspirations of breaking into the Asian market.

Manchester City are a club that has grown accustomed to welcoming big-name talent at regular intervals; the 2012 Summer Transfer Window has reversed the trend.

Instead of looking for a first glimpse of a major signing, City fans will have to cast their eye on other things to look forward to ahead of their title defence.

The slideshow will explain six things that Manchester City fans should be looking for in their next preseason encounter.

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