Key Talking Points to Watch Ahead of Manchester City vs. Newcastle United

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Key Talking Points to Watch Ahead of Manchester City vs. Newcastle United
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"The Engineer" ponders during City's loss to Arsenal for the Community Shield.

Manchester City's season did not get off to the best of starts on Sunday. A 3-0 loss at the hands of FA Cup holders Arsenal cost the reigning Premier League champions their first real silverware of the campaign, the FA Community Shield.

As such, it's now time for Manuel Pellegrini and his crew to look ahead to next Sunday's Premier League opener away to Newcastle United.

The Magpies have vastly overhauled their roster, with Alan Pardew once again reaching out to France and Holland to pluck new players. Their 10th-place finish last season was an improvement over 2012-13's 16th, and fans will be hoping for further progress up the table this time around.

The league's opening weekend is always cause for excitement, and this clash should prove no different. Read on for a rundown of some of the key areas worth taking note of ahead of this showdown.

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