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Manchester City Fixtures: Champions start Premier League defence facing Kompany’s Burnley

Manchester City, fresh off winning a historic treble, have today received their Premier League fixtures for the upcoming 2023-24 campaign. Pep Guardiola’s side have won the title in each of the last three seasons, and five of the last six, and they will begin the defence of their league crown facing a familiar face.

There was always going to be a big story across the opening weekend of fixtures, and Manchester City travelling to Burnley is right up there for one obvious reason. That is because Burnley are of course managed by Vincent Kompany; a Manchester City club legend and former captain. There is every chance he may even manage the club one day.

The release of the fixtures is always an exciting day across the footballing calendar. Fans can now start preparing for those away trips, plan for the exciting Christmas period and ensure they don’t miss the end of season run-in.

Here, we will focus on the key games Manchester City will be playing across the campaign, breaking it down into sections and offer a guide as to which period of the season City should excel, or maybe drop a few points.

Manchester City: A strong start to the season expected

Although Manchester City had to play catch-up towards the end of last season to overtake Arsenal to win the Premier League title, they could now be the team to catch based upon their opening fixtures to the 2023-24 campaign. There is no easy game in the Premier League, you may argue, but Guardiola won’t necessarily be too worried in the opening weeks of the campaign.

Burnley manager Vincent Kompany ahead of the Emirates FA Cup third round match at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth. Picture date: Saturday January 7, 2023. – Photo by Icon sport

Friday 11th August 2023 – Burnley (A) – 8pm kick-off

Saturday 19th August – Newcastle United (H)

Saturday August 26th – Sheffield United (A)

Saturday 2nd September – Fulham (H)

Saturday 16th September – West Ham United (A)

Manchester City: Few months leading to Christmas look tricky

October alone will see them make trips to Emirates Stadium and also across the city to Old Trafford, sandwiched between an uneasy home tie with Brighton & Hove Albion. Three consecutives fixtures against Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham could possibly give them something to think about as well. This period of the season will be City’s first real test.

Saturday 7th October – Arsenal (A)

Saturday 28th October – Manchester United (A)

Saturday 25th November – Liverpool (H)

Manchester City: Profitable Christmas period anticipated

There will be a mini-break just after the Christmas period concludes. Every club will have at least one free weekend in January. As for Manchester City’s fixtures at this festive time of year, they really should be fine and they also have the depth to their squad to be able to rotate and not likely suffer that many negative results, if any.

Tuesday 5th December – Aston Villa (A)

Saturday 9th December – Luton Town (A)

Saturday 16th December – Crystal Palace (H)

Saturday 23rd December – Brentford (H)

Tuesday 26th December – Everton (A)

Saturday 30th December – Sheffield United (H)

Manchester City: Key games to come in March

March is always a crucial time of the season and it is certainly this period which may potentially make or break Manchester City’s season. They face Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal in the month of March, with a trip to Brighton also thrown into the mix.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp being interviewed after the final whistle in the Premier League match at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth. Picture date: Saturday March 11, 2023. – Photo by Icon sport

Saturday 2nd March – Manchester United (H)

Saturday 9th March – Liverpool (A)

Saturday 30th March – Arsenal (H)

Manchester City: End to the season should be routine

On paper, there are a couple of tricky away fixtures in the mix, but they are still ones you would have thought Manchester City should excel in. This is the time of the season where they really get into their groove, as we have seen time and time again. They’ll probably have other commitments to negotiate, but they are well-drilled in battling on many fronts.

Saturday 20th April – Tottenham Hotspur (A)

Saturday 27th April – Nottingham Forest (A)

Saturday 4th May – Wolverhampton Wanderers (H)

Saturday 11th May – Fulham (A)

Sunday 19th May – West Ham United (H)

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