Meanwhile our Under-18s will start the defence of their Under-18 North crown away to Newcastle on Saturday, August 20, kick-off 11.30am.
The fixtures for the new 2022/23 Premier League 2 and Under-18 campaigns – which begin next month – were officially unveiled today.
Both our EDS and Under-18s squads will be setting out in defence of the PL2 and Under 18 titles we have won in such impressive fashion for the past two seasons.
The format of the PL2 competition will change from the start of the 2022/23 season, with Premier League 2 becoming an Under-21 competition as opposed to Under-23s
Clubs will, however, be permitted to use five (previously three) over-age outfield players and one over-age goalkeeper, in order to transition from its Under-23 format.
Following our season opener away at Liverpool, the EDS's first home game at the Academy Stadium will see us play host to Leicester on Sunday, August 14, kick-off 2pm.
Amongst other highlights, we travel to face Manchester United in the first PL2 derby of the season on Saturday, November 5 kick-off 1pm, with the return derby at the Academy Stadium pencilled in for Saturday, March 18, kick-off 3pm.
We end the season with a home clash against Wolves on Saturday, April 29, kick-off 1pm.
As with last term, the league consists of 14 teams with Fulham and Wolves having been being promoted from PL2 Division Two, with every side again playing 26 games over the course of the campaign.
Mirroring the men’s first team, there is also a hiatus in action across the period spanning the Qatar 2022 World Cup from late November through December.
As for our Under 18s, their league campaign gets under way on Saturday, August 20 with that trip to Newcastle United, kick-off 11.30am.
Ben Wilkinson’s side then play our first home game at the CFA against Derby on Saturday, August 27, kick-off 11.30am.
We host the first derby of the season against Manchester United on Saturday, November 12, kick-off 11.30am with the return derby taking place at Carrington on Saturday, April 15, kick-off 11am.
And our final fixture takes us to Derby County on Sunday, April 29, kick-off 12.30pm.
Sun Aug 7: Liverpool v City 2pm
Sun Aug 14: City v Leicester 2pm
Sun Aug 21: City v Tottenham 2pm
Fri Aug 26: Chelsea v City 7pm
Sat Sep 3: City v West Ham 2pm
Sat Sep 10: Brighton v City 3pm
Sat Sep 17: City v Fulham 2pm
Sun Oct 2: Wolves v City 2pm
Sat Oct 8: City v Blackburn 7pm
Fri Oct 14: Arsenal v City 7pm
Sat Oct 22: City v C Palace 7pm
Sat Oct 29: Everton v City 3pm
Sat Nov 5: Man Utd v City 1pm
Sun Jan 8: City v Arsenal 2pm
Sun Jan 15: City v Brighton 2pm
Fri Jan 20: Leicester v City 7pm
Mon Jan 30: C Palace v City 7pm
Sun Feb 12: City v Liverpool 2pm
Fri Feb 17: Fulham v City 7pm
Sat Feb 25: City v Everton 2pm
Fri March 3: West Ham v City 7pm
Sat March 18: City v Man Utd 3pm
Mon Apr 3: Tottenham v City 7pm
Sun Apr 16: City v Chelsea 2pm
Sun Apr 23: Blackburn v City 1pm
Sat Apr 29: City v Wolves 1pm
Sat Aug 20: Newcastle v City 11.30am
Sat Aug 27: City v Derby 11.30am
Sat Sep 10: Middlesbrough v City 11.30am
Sat Sep 17: City v Liverpool 11.30am
Sat Oct 1: Everton v City 11am
Sat Oct 15: City v Leeds 12pm
Sat Oct 22: Notts Forest v City 12.30pm
Sat Oct 29: City v Blackburn 11.30am
Sat Nov 12: City v Man United 11.30am
Sat Nov 19: Stoke v City 11.30am
Sat Nov 26: Sunderland v City 11.30am
Sat Dec 3: City v Wolves 12pm
Sat Jan 7: City v Newcastle 12.30pm
Sat Jan 14: Leeds v City 12pm
Sat Jan 21: City v Notts Forest 12.30pm
Sat Jan 28: Blackburn v City 11am
Sat Feb 11: City v Middlesbrough 12pm
Sat Feb 18: City v Stoke 11.30am
Sat Feb 25: Liverpool v City 3pm
Sat March 4: City v Everton 11.30am
Sat March 18: Wolves v City 12pm
Sat Apr 15: Man Utd v City 11am
Sat Apr 22: City v Sunderland 1pm
Sat Apr 29: Derby v City 12.30pm