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Pray for no rain: Man City to return to China after Beijing debacle

Manchester City will return to China this year for the first time since their ill-fated visit of 2016, when a game with cross-town rivals United was called off at the last minute. The first overseas Manchester derby was cancelled just hours before kick-off because of an unplayable surface at Beijing s Bird s Nest stadium following heavy rain. Pep Guardiola s City will hope there is no repeat when they compete in the 2019 Premier League Asia Trophy, which will be held in Nanjing on July 17 and nearby Shanghai on July 20. The other teams will be Newcastle United, West Ham United and Chinese-owned Wolverhampton Wanderers, the Premier League said on Tuesday. Each side will play two games in the mini tournament, which is likely to be testing for the players with peak temperatures over 30 degrees Celsius (86F) and the possibility of torrential rain. The Asia Trophy was similarly dogged by pitch problems -- again after rain -- when it was held in Hong Kong in 2013. Then-Sunderland manager .

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