Meanwhile, Liverpool got their campaign off to a disappointing start after conceding three goals against West Bromwich Albion.
"I think Liverpool will fight for the title this year because they play well, they bought good players, they have a good manager and they have changed their style of play," said Mancini
"They come from a game against West Bromwich where they didn't deserve to lose but football is strange. For this I think it will be a hard game."
The two sides kick off at 4pm on Sunday.