Manchester City return to action in the Premier League in a little over 2 weeks and now the initial fixture calendar has been released.
The return to elite sporting action for Manchester City has now been finalised after extensive negotiations between the Premier League and broadcasters.
The ambition is to resume the Premier League on 17 June and to have the competition concluded by the end of July, allowing August for the FA Cup Final and Champions League to complete. A short break would then ensue before a new season commences in September.
The return to the Premier League will look strange for all as there will be no fans allowed in the stadiums and there are some rules which have changed – such as an increase in the number of substitutes which can be used.
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Manchester City get the action underway on Wednesday June 17 when they face Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium at 8.15 BST.
Their next game is again at the Etihad Stadium but this is on Monday 22 June at 8.00 BST where City will face Burnley.
On Thursday 25 June City will travel to Stamford Bridge where they will face a Chelsea team pushing hard to secure European football. This match will kick off at 8.15 BST.
Just three days later City will travel to Newcastle in the FA Cup Quarter Final which will kick off at 6.30 BST on Sunday 28 June.
Finally, City will face Liverpool on Thursday 2 July with a kick off time of 8.15 BST. This should have been a home match for City but it is still not yet clear where the game will take place.
The fixture is designated a high risk of disorder by Police and incapable of being played as intended during the pandemic. It seems strange that any home advantage we may have enjoyed – which was already in danger given it is being played behind closed doors – is completely eradicated if it is at a neutral venue.