Manchester City begin bid to defend Premier League crown at West Ham

Manchester City begin bid to win a FIFTH Premier League crown in six years with tough trip to West Ham… while first derby with United and latest mouthwatering clash with title rivals Liverpool coming in tough October

  • Manchester City begin their Premier League title defence with trip to West Ham 
  • First Manchester derby comes in October, before Liverpool clash later in month
  • Pep Guardiola’s men then begin the new year with trip to Chelsea on January 2 
  • They face Thomas Tuchel’s men again in penultimate match of the campaign 

Premier League champions Manchester City will begin the defence of their top-flight title with a thrilling clash away at West Ham but have largely been handed a favourable set of fixtures.

The difficult start quickly tails off for Pep Guardiola’s men, with newly-promoted Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest coming before the end of August.

September sees West Midlands trips to Aston Villa and Wolves either side of the visit of Tottenham, with Antonio Conte’s men travelling to the Etihad Stadium after the first set of Champions League group-stage matches.

Premier League champions Manchester City will begin the defence of their crown at West Ham

Pep Guardiola’s men face two of the newly-promoted sides before the end of August

The first Manchester derby of the season will take place at the Etihad Stadium in October

October represents arguably City’s most challenging month, with the first Manchester derby of the season kicking it off before trips to title rivals Liverpool – after a Champions League gameweek – and Arsenal following. 

The champions face Brentford at home in their final game before the hiatus for the Qatar World Cup, with a trip away to Leeds coming when top-flight action resumes on Boxing Day.

Guardiola’s men then begin 2023 with a trip to Stamford Bridge to take on Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea, before the reverse fixture of the Manchester derby at Old Trafford next up.

Kevin De Bruyne and Co will then travel to take on title rivals Liverpool a couple of weeks later

The Premier League champions begin the new year with a tough trip away at Chelsea

Their fixtures against the top six are however well spread out for the remainder of the season, with Tottenham the only team in that category they face in February.

City then face the daunting prospect of travelling to Anfield to take on Liverpool in their first game in April which could have a huge bearing on the destination of the title, while a trip to the Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal comes later in the month.

The champions however would maybe have wished for a kinder end to the campaign, with the visit of Chelsea coming up in the penultimate top-flight fixture of the 2022-23 season.

City play Brentford before the World Cup break and on the final day of the league campaign

Their campaign then concludes with a trip to the Brentford Community Stadium to take on Thomas Frank’s men, when Guardiola’s men could win their fifth Premier League title in six seasons.

They will already be confident in pulling off yet another glorious league campaign after unveiling the signing of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund earlier this week.

The Norwegian will officially join the club on 1 July after moving for £51million from the Bundesliga giants.  

City will be confident of challenging for the title again after sealing a deal for Erling Haaland

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