Premier League fixtures 2019/20: Manchester City
Premier League Champions Manchester City begin their season with a trip to the London Stadium on August 10 to face West Ham, with their opening home tie being Tottenham Hotspur a week later. A trip to the Vitality stadium follows, with Bournemouth lying in their wake, before finishing the month off at the Etihad Stadium against Brighton and Hove Albion.
City have a very favourable September, with a trip to Carrow Road to face newly promoted Norwich City on the 14 September, following the International break. They then host Watford a week later, before ending the month with a more challenging trip to Goodison Park to face Everton.
October is another easy enough month for City, at least on paper. They begin back at the Etihad with last season's surprise package Wolverhampton Wanderers, before heading to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace (one of the 4 teams to defeat City last season). They then host this season's Championship play-off winners Aston Villa on the 26th October.
November is an extremely tough month for City, especially when you add in the likely Carabao cup and Champions League fixtures. It begins with the visit of Southampton to the Etihad, before City go to Anfield a week later to face Liverpool, a stadium they have not won at since 2003. City then end the month facing 2 of the teams that defeated them last season, with Europa League Champions Chelsea visiting the Etihad, before City travel to St James' Park to face Newcastle United.
Navigating through December in the Premier League is arguably the biggest challenge in club football and City failed to do so last season, this year they have some very tough fixtures in the dreaded December schedule. They begin with a trip to Turf Moor to face Burnley, before facing Manchester United at home just 4 days later. They are then blessed with a whole week before their trip to Europa League finalists Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, before hosting the 4th and final side to defeat City last season, Leicester City. They then go to Molineux to face Wolves, before hosting newly promoted Sheffield United just 2 days later.
January for City is a much more comfortable month, with the opening fixture of 2020 beginning on New Years Day against Everton at home. They then face a trip to Villa Park to take on Villa, before hosting Crystal Palace and finally visiting Bramall Lane three days later to face Sheffield United.
Another month where City face two top 6 rivals, with Guardiola's men facing Tottenham Hotspur away on the opening day of February. A week later they return to Manchester, where they host West Ham United. After the inaugural winter break, they travel to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester City, before returning back to the Etihad to face Arsenal.
As we get down to the business end of the season, City will have to be at their best as they have another tough month. They begin with the trip to Manchester United on the 7th March, before hosting Burnley the week after the Manchester derby. They end the month with the visit to Stamford Bridge to take Chelsea, which has not been a historically good hunting ground for City.
City begin the month with their final match against one of 'the big 6', as they host their biggest rivals for the title this year, Liverpool. A week later they head to St Mary's where they will face Southampton, before hosting Newcastle and travelling to the Amex stadium to play Brighton, the ground they lifted the Premier League trophy on last season.
Whilst City may have some tougher months earlier on, the final month of the season is a very nice one for the treble winners of last season. They host Bournemouth on the 2nd May, before a trip to Vicarage Road where they will face Watford. City's final fixture of the season is against Norwich at home, in a game they will hope to be lifting the title for a third consecutive season.