It only feels like yesterday when Manchester City were celebrating in an open top bus parading through the packed streets of Manchester revelling in another incredible season. The season before that gave us the nickname ‘Centurions’, this year we are the ‘Fourmidables’, winning the domestic treble and the Community Shield. Yet we are quickly approaching a new Premier League campaign. With the list of fixtures being released today, lets take a look through the important dates for your calendars.
West Ham United – Away – Saturday August 10th
City will begin their 2019/20 League season at the London Stadium against former Blues boss Manuel Pellegrini. Pep Guardiola has a perfect record when facing West Ham in the Premier League, with six games played, six games won. In these six games, City have managed to score 18 goals against the Hammers and only conceded three. Easy right?
First Home Fixture
Tottenham Hotspur – Home – Saturday August 17th
The Blues will return to the Etihad stadium on the second week of fixtures for a match against Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs visited the Etihad twice last season, once in the Champions League, which saw City beat Pochettino’s men 4-3, and once in the Premier League three days later in a 1-0 win which saw Phil Foden score his first ever Premier League goal. Both very different, yet equally thrilling games. It’ll be quite a welcome home for the Premier League champions.
Manchester United – Home – Saturday December 7th
Manchester United – Away – Saturday March 7th
The fixtures that every Manchester City fan looks to first. The Manchester Derby is a highlight for any football fan. City will host United at the Etihad Stadium first in early December. The return fixture at Old Trafford will be in early March. It is likely that these dates will change to accommodate the relevant broadcasters. Manchester City beat United both home and away last year. The home fixture ended 3-1 to the Blues where the infamous FFP – ‘Forty-Four Passes goal’ was scored by Ilkay Gundogan to top off a great performance.
The Dreaded Trip to Anfield
Liverpool – Away – Saturday November 9th
The fixture that every Manchester City fan fears. Anfield has not been the easiest place to go to for City for as long as many can recall. Liverpool were by far City’s closest rivals last year, and with a Champions League under their belts, they just don’t seem to be going away any time soon. City fans will say they should have won their last game at Anfield last season, if it weren’t for a Riyad Mahrez penalty miss. Hopefully that performance and the 2-1 win at the Etihad will take away some of the mental fears that Anfield holds for City.
Continuing off from that trip to Anfield, the fixtures from mid-November to mid-December could be a critical period for City. These fixtures include:
City vs Chelsea – Saturday November 23rd
Newcastle United vs City – Saturday November 30th
Burnley vs City – Tuesday December 3rd
City vs Manchester United – Saturday December 7th
Arsenal vs City – Saturday December 14th
City vs Leicester City – Saturday December 21st
Wolves vs City – Thursday December 26th
Where the League Could Be Won
Liverpool – Home – Saturday April 4th
It just had to be Liverpool that are the final top six team City will face towards the back end of the 2019/20 season. Depending on how many points both teams have at the time, it’s entirely possible that this fixture will decide who will win the Premier League. Could City win their third League title in a row or will Liverpool win their first ever Premier League?
Final Game of the Season
Norwich City – Home – Sunday May 17th
The final key date of the new season is the fixture that will end it all. City will end their campaign at the Etihad against newly promoted side Norwich City. The last time City hosted the Canaries on the final day of the season was back in 2013, where Norwich took all three points with an unexpected 3-2 win over the Blues. Seven years later, with a change of personnel in the squad and management, City will be far less likely to lose this time around.
All fixtures and dates are subject to change. Keep following City Xtra for any fixture updates.