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Season guide: Key Man City dates

With pre-season complete, the 2017/18 campaign comes to the fore for both Manchester City players and fans.

With the arrivals of Danilo, Ederson, Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva and Kyle Walker, it's been a busy summer at the City Football Academy.

And, while the transfer window is still open, the return of Premier League action this week marks a shift in focus as attentions turn to the beginning of the new season.

Here are the key dates for your diary throughout 2017/18.

August

12th: Brighton v City

City kick off the season at the AMEX Stadium, in what is the newly-promoted Seagulls' first ever Premier League game.

15th: Girona v City

Pep Guardiola will take advantage of a free midweek to give his side the chance to work on their match sharpness against the La Liga outfit.

21st: City v Everton

After a long break, Premier League action returns to the Etihad Stadium, with Everton the visitors for the first home game of the season.

24th: Champions League group stage draw

Who will City face in the Champions League? It’s the Blues’ seventh consecutive campaign in Europe’s elite competition and Guardiola will be desperate to improve on last season's run to the last 16. 

The group stage draw will be made on August 24 once the qualifying matches have been played, with City in Pot 2. 

31st: Transfer window closes 

On August 31 at 11pm the transfer window will slam shut...until January. 

September

9th: City v Liverpool

It's a double dose of Merseyside for our opening two home fixtures as Liverpool follow their cross-city rivals down the East Lancs.

12/13th: Champions League group stage begins

A seventh campaign in Europe's premier club cup competition gets underway.

W/C 18th: Carabao Cup third round

The first of this season's domestic cup competitions begins for Guardiola's men.

30th Chelsea v City

A stern test presents itself early in the fixture schedule, when City head to Stamford Bridge to face the reigning champions at the end of September.

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November

4th: City v Arsenal

Another big game quickly follows as the Gunners head north in early November.

December

5th: Final Champions League group stage game

We'll know for certain if and in what position Pep's men have qualified for the last 16.

9th: United v City

No doubt it's already in the calendar - the first Manchester derby of the season takes place at Old Trafford before Christmas.

16th: City v Spurs

The notoriously busy festive fixture schedule throws up another big game seven days later, with the arrival of Mauricio Pochettino's men in East Manchester.

26th: Newcastle v City

An English football favourite, St James' Park is the venue for this year's Boxing Day clash.

January

1st: Transfer window opens

Should Pep wish to add mid-season reinforcements, he'll have four weeks to do so from the first day in 2018.

6th: FA Cup third round

The most famous club cup competition in the world begins for the Blues.

13th: Liverpool v City

A trip to Anfield beckons early in the new year.

31st: Transfer window closes

The window shuts for the second time this season at 11pm on Wednesday 31st.

February

24th: Arsenal v City

City will be well into their stride come February, when they'll face a tough trip to North London.

25th: Carabao Cup final

The above game could of course be rearranged if City successfully navigate their way to the final of the League Cup.

March

3rd: City v Chelsea

The champions visit the Etihad in what is sure to be a big game before the season enters the home straight.

April

7th: City v United

As the season reaches its finale, this game game could take on even more significance.

14th: Spurs v City

Another big test for City as we head to Wembley for a non-final appearance at Spurs' temporary home.

May

13th: Southampton v City

The curtain comes down on the Premier League season at St Mary's.

19th: FA Cup final

It would be the Blues' 11th FA Cup final appearance and first since 2013.

26th: Champions League final

The NSK Olimpiyski in Kiev will host this year's final, which would be City's first if they were to make it through the group and knockout phase of the tournament.

Media Watch

Guardiola earns Allison comparison

GOOD COMPANY: Pep Guardiola has been compared to Malcolm Allison by sections of the media.

The subtle similarities of Pep Guardiola and Malcolm Allison’s managerial styles are considered in Tuesday’s media roundup.

Elsewhere, a former City shot-stopper comments on a current custodian, while there’s also word from Sunday’s opposition.

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