The Summer break in the football calendar has just signalled the countdown to the change from 2018/19 to 2019/20 as we move towards the new season.
And so the Premier League fixture computer has done its one task and we now have a full list of the planned games for the coming season. Now as a Manchester City fan, like most fans I trawl the newly released fixtures in the search for certain things.
I tend to look at who we start against and where we finish against. Then I check games at Boxing Day and New Year and then those which may clash with birthdays. Then I look to see when the games against Manchester United take place so I can start mentally preparing.
What we probably know after the run which concluded last season, when we won 14 games on the bounce to secure the title, is that there is no point dwelling too much on the teams we have to face: we are more than capable of beating the rest of the sides in the Premier League.
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The season ahead will most likely see Liverpool continue to believe they are the best team in the League. So it is also likely City will need to amass over 95 points to win the title again. We know what we have to do, which is simple really. Drop fewer points than Liverpool over the season to retain the title.
Other sides will of course improve and I would expect the top 6 to finish much closer together than in recent years. There is much to look forward to as the battle for the title resumes. The release of the fixtures is always that first little frisson of excitement as the season starts to build. Here’s to 2019/20 – let us hope we end the season as Champions again.
The Manchester City fixtures in full:
10/08/2019 – West Ham United A
17/08/2019 – Tottenham Hotspur H
24/08/2019 – A.F.C. Bournemouth A
31/08/2019 – Brighton H
14/09/2019 – Norwich City A
21/09/2019 – Watford H
28/09/2019 – Everton A
05/10/2019 – Wolverhampton H
19/10/2019 – Crystal Palace A
26/10/2019 – Aston Villa H
02/11/2019 – Southampton H
09/11/2019 – Liverpool A
23/11/2019 – Chelsea H
30/11/2019 – Newcastle United A
03/12/2019 – Burnley A
07/12/2019 – Manchester United H
14/12/2019 – Arsenal A
21/12/2019 – Leicester City H
26/12/2019 – Wolverhampton A
28/12/2019 – Sheffield United H
01/01/2020 – Everton H
11/01/2020 – Aston Villa A
18/01/2020 – Crystal Palace H
21/01/2020 – Sheffield United A
07/03/2020 – Manchester United A
14/03/2020 – Burnley H
21/03/2020 – Chelsea A
04/04/2020 – Liverpool H
11/04/2020 – Southampton A
18/04/2020 – Newcastle United H
25/04/2020 – Brighton A
02/05/2020 – Bournemouth H
09/05/2020 – Watford A
17/05/2020 – Norwich City H