Man City vs. Man United: Why the Blues Will Dominate in the EPL This Season

Thomas Atzenhoffer@socceratzCorrespondent IISeptember 20, 2012

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 14:  Carlos Tevez (L) and Sergio Aguero of Manchester City attend a training session ahead of their UEFA Europa League Round 16 second Leg match against Sporting Lisbon at the Carrington Training Ground on March 14, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
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In the long and short of it so far the season continues to be pegged as one that will come down to a decision between the red and blue sides of Manchester. Manchester United have a one point lead on the defending champions with nine points out of 12 while the defending Champions have eight from twelve.

Despite Chelsea currently leading the table and Arsenal in a strong third place with a great start to their season, Manchester City are still favored to have a great chance to repeat, and in many cases should be the dominant team in the league.

Although Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United all made significant additions to their sides during the summer, Manchester City made sure to keep the key pieces to their championship side and added more depth and longevity to the squad with new young signings.

Manchester City have all the tools to dominate the league again this campaign. The proof in the biggest part is in their attack.

The Citizens have the deepest set of strikers in the league. The Argentine duo of Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero look set to ravage any opposition they face this season. Tevez is a terror when he is on form and the mental awareness of one another between both he and Aguero generally is world class.

You can argue that Chelsea, and Manchester United can equally match the pair with Fernando Torres and Daniel Sturridge as well as Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, and for the most part you would be correct.

The truth of the matter comes out when you look deeper. After Torres and Sturridge there is truly not much left for the Blues as they are designed with a lone front man for the majority of their game play. Manchester United have Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez. However, neither of them is yet to truly assert themselves this season and will have to make a strong effort to be as good as the third and fourth strikers of City.

Those third and fourth mentioned are Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli. Dzeko is extremely deadly and despite being left wanting on the bench more often than he likely deserves, he always comes in and is a serious threat.

Ask Real Madrid what they think of him after he came on to give his side the lead in their Champions League tie.

Perhaps the biggest wildcard is Mario Balotelli. The young Italian seemed to have matured and improved this summer for Italy in the UEFA European by leaps and bounds. However, now he once again seems just as off the beaten path as before. Balotelli, to spite it all, is full of skill, class and talent and if given the chance—one of the most dangerous in the English Premier League.

On top of their attacking dominance, the Citizens also have the world class midfielders to compete with any club in the world and a defense that is anchored by England's greatest gift to goal keeping—Joe Hart.

If the Citizens can avoid massive injury problems, squad unrest and keep getting results, they have no reason why they should not dominate the English Premier League this season.