On 14 June, the English Premier League announced the fixtures for the 2018/19 season. The new campaign will start on 11 August, and the Blues will certainly look to start the upcoming season with a bang.
Following the FA Community Shield fixture against Chelsea on 5 August, Manchester City will begin their Premier League title defense away at Arsenal on 11 August. The Blues will then host their first home match of the season against Huddersfield Town on 18 August.
Their first set of challenges, however, will begin in October 2018. First, Manchester City will travel to Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, where they have traditionally struggled, particularly at Anfield. Moreover, City will be involved in two UEFA Champions League fixtures as they fight for their first Champions League trophy. Finally, it is projected the Blues will enter the EFL Cup competition this month. Therefore, it is likely City will need to direct their attention toward three different campaigns in October, and this could cause several distractions in retaining the English Premier League title.
November sees the first leg of the Manchester Derby, where the Blues will host their arch rivals on 10 November. Manchester City will also have another set of UEFA Champions League fixtures during this month, and should all go well at the start of their campaign, they may secure qualification for the European competition’s knockout stages. Alternatively, City could see themselves dumped into the Europa League or out of European competition altogether.
Traditionally, late December to early January could also provide some problems. The congested winter holiday schedule will see the Blues play four Premier League matches in eleven days. Moreover, the Blues will have to travel on four of these eleven days, and this may see additional fatigue to their players.
Moving forward, February 2019 will see a difficult set of fixtures for the Blues. Should they progress out of the UEFA Champions League Group Stage, Manchester City will need to prepare for the first leg of the Round of 16. In regards to the Premier League, the Mancunian club will host Arsenal and Chelsea in back to back weeks, and this will certainly provide additional challenges.
Following the conclusion of these fixtures in February, Manchester United will host the second leg of the derby on 16 March whilst Manchester City host Tottenham Hotspur on 20 April. Depending on how their schedule unfolds, the Blues may find themselves in the closing stages of the FA Cup and the Champions League, which could see greater congestion.
Based on how the Blues performed last season, however, it is possible the remaining fixtures in the 2018/19 season may come with ease. During the 2017/18 season, Manchester City had a remarkable record against clubs outside of the top six, where they registered 24 victories and four draws out of 28 matches.
Overall, Manchester City will have their work cut out for them, but if their performances in the 2017/18 season are any indications for what is to come, the Mancunian club will certainly be in good shape. Will the Blues retain their title?
11 August 2018: Arsenal vs Manchester City
18 August 2018: Manchester City vs Huddersfield Town
25 August 2018: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Manchester City
1 September 2018: Manchester City vs Newcastle United
15 September 2018: Manchester City vs Fulham
18/19 September 2018: Champions League Group Stage – Matchday One
22 September 2018: Cardiff City vs Manchester City
29 September 2018: Manchester City vs Brighton and Hove Albion
2/3 October 2018: Champions League Group Stage – Matchday Two
6 October 2018: Liverpool vs Manchester City
20 October 2018: Manchester City vs Burnley
23/24 October 2018: Champions League Group Stage – Matchday Three
27 October 2018: Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City
3 November 2018: Manchester City vs Southampton
6/7 November 2018: Champions League Group Stage – Matchday Four
10 November 2018: Manchester City vs Manchester United
24 November 2018: West Ham United vs Manchester City
27/28 November 2018: Champions League Group Stage – Matchday Five
1 December 2018: Manchester City vs AFC Bournemouth
4 December 2018: Watford vs Manchester City
8 December 2018: Chelsea vs Manchester City
11/12 December 2018: Champions League Group Stage – Matchday Six
15 December 2018: Manchester City vs Everton
22 December 2018: Manchester City vs Crystal Palace
26 December 2018: Leicester City vs Manchester City
29 December 2018: Southampton vs Manchester City
1 January 2019: Manchester City vs Liverpool
12 January 2019: Manchester City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
19 January 2019: Huddersfield Town vs Manchester City
30 January 2019: Newcastle United vs Manchester City
2 February 2019: Manchester City vs Arsenal
9 February 2019: Manchester City vs Chelsea
12/13 February 2019: Champions League Round of 16 – Potential Date of First Leg
19/20 February 2019: Champions League Round of 16 – Potential Date of First Leg
23 February 2019: Everton vs Manchester City
27 February 2019: Manchester City vs West Ham United
2 March 2019: AFC Bournemouth vs Manchester City
5/6 March 2019: Champions League Round of 16 – Potential Date of Second Leg
9 March 2019: Manchester City vs Watford
12/13 March 2019: Champions League Round of 16 – Potential Date of Second Leg
16 March 2019: Manchester United vs Manchester City
30 March 2019: Fulham vs Manchester City
6 April 2019: Manchester City vs Cardiff City
13 April 2019: Crystal Palace vs Manchester City
20 April 2019: Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur
27 April 2019: Burnley vs Manchester City
4 May 2019: Manchester City vs Leicester City
12 May 2019: Brighton and Hove Albion vs Manchester City
*Note: Fixtures may be flexed or rescheduled as the season progresses to account for TV scheduling, EFL and FA Cup replays, progression in domestic cup competitions and Champions/Europa League fixtures.