Published on June 15th, 2016 | by Daniel Cheeseman0
2016/17 Premier League fixtures released
City kick-off the 2016/17 Premier League campaign at home to Sunderland
Pep Guardiola’s first official match in charge will see him go head-to-head with Sam Allardyce – who dramatically guided the Black Cats to safety at the end of last season.
The first Manchester Derby is just four League games into the new season with the Blues travelling to Old Trafford on 10th September to face Jose Mourinho’s men.
The return battle of Manchester is on 25th February – though if either side are in this season’s League Cup Final, that date will have to be rescheduled.
December looks set to be a tricky month, with City facing Chelsea, Leicester, Arsenal and Liverpool during the festive period.
This year’s Boxing Day fixture is at the KC Stadium against Steve Bruce’s newly-promoted Hull City.
2017 begins with a 2nd January home clash with another newly-promoted side as Sean Dyche’s Burnley visit the Etihad.
The only new venue City will travel to in the 2016/17 Premier League season is the Olympic Stadium, the new home of West Ham United – that fixture is pencilled in for Tuesday 31st January.
March will be another testing month for Guardiola’s men with Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea in successive games.
The current date of the Blues’ final home game won’t be lost on City fans, with Leicester City due at the Etihad Stadium on 13th May – exactly five years to the day since Sergio Aguero’s dramatic late winner secured a first top flight title for 44 years.
The campaign wraps up at Vicarage Road with a trip to Watford.
Of course, many of the published dates may well change for TV scheduling purposes and broadcasters have until 6 July to reveal which games will be covered in August and September.
For a full list of City’s 2016/17 Premier Leafue fixtures click here