Next season's Premier League fixtures were released earlier today, giving us a chance to mark down important dates in City's quest to win back the title as well as key matches elsewhere throughout the flight.
For the second straight season City will begin on the road, this time visiting West Brom at The Hawthorns. But there will be no ease into the campaign as matchweek 2 sees Chelsea come to town for the season's first big match.
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The first derby of the season will be at Old Trafford on October 24th, with the return fixture at the Etihad on March 19. The traditional Boxing Day match will be home to Sunderland, and a quick turnaround with a trip to Leicester two days later. City will wrap up the season home to Arsenal, and then away to Swansea.
One final interesting thing to note is that City will face all three newly promoted teams at home in the first half of the season, and travel to all three in the second half. Given our struggles against the promoted teams last year, might this be an important factor?