The excitement of this summer's World Cup was temporarily put to one side today as the fixtures for the next Premier League season were announced. It's a day every fan of English football looks forward to.
Some argue the release of the fixture list is inconsequential, that every team plays each other twice and the order doesn't matter. However, it's clear tough runs of fixtures, difficult starts and the type of run in a team faces matter hugely.
Manchester City will be desperate to defend their crown, beginning with an opening-day trip to Newcastle, the side they beat in their first match last season at the Etihad. But which other fixtures will define City's season? Here are 10 key matches they face in the 2014/15 campaign.