Manchester City will play at newly promoted Brighton & Hove Albion on the opening day of the 2017-18 Premier League season.
City's first match against a potential title rival comes with the visit of Liverpool on September 9. Here are some of their other key fixtures:
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The Premier League released the full set of fixtures on their official website on Wednesday:
12 Aug 2017: Brighton & Hove Albion (A)
19 Aug 2017: Everton (H)
26 Aug 2017: Bournemouth (A)
9 Sep 2017: Liverpool (H)
16 Sep 2017: Watford (A)
23 Sep 2017: Crystal Palace (H)
30 Sep 2017: Chelsea (A)
14 Oct 2017: Stoke City (H)
21 Oct 2017: Burnley (H)
28 Oct 2017: West Bromwich Albion (A)
4 Nov 2017: Arsenal (H)
18 Nov 2017: Leicester City (A)
25 Nov 2017: Huddersfield Town (A)
28 Nov 2017: Southampton (H)
2 Dec 2017: West Ham United (H)
9 Dec 2017: Manchester United (A)
12 Dec 2017: Swansea City (A)
16 Dec 2017: Tottenham Hotspur (H)
23 Dec 2017: Bournemouth (H)
26 Dec 2017: Newcastle United (A)
30 Dec 2017: Crystal Palace (A)
1 Jan 2018: Watford (H)
13 Jan 2018: Liverpool (A)
20 Jan 2018: Newcastle (H)
31 Jan 2018: West Bromwich Albion (H)
3 Feb 2018: Burnley (A)
10 Feb 2018: Leicester (H)
24 Feb 2018: Arsenal (A)
3 Mar 2018: Chelsea (H)
10 Mar 2018: Stoke City (A)
17 Mar 2018: Brighton & Hove Albion (H)
31 Mar 2018: Everton (A)
7 Apr 2018: Manchester United (H)
14 Apr 2018: Tottenham Hotspur (A)
21 Apr 2018: Swansea City (H)
28 Apr 2018: West Ham United (A)
5 May 2018: Huddersfield Town (H)
13 May 2018: Southampton (A)
Manager Pep Guardiola will enter his second season at the Etihad Stadium with lofty ambitions, as anything but the league title will be deemed a failure.
The Citizens were favoured for the championship last year, but after a promising start to the season―the team didn't lose its first match until October―a dreadful stretch of six winless matches across all competitions put an end to those ambitions.
Chelsea instead ran away with the title, while City were a part of the chasing pack for most of the season, finishing third.
The Sky Blues did improve towards the end of the season and finished on a four-match win streak, an indication the squad has adapted to Guardiola's tactics and could be in for a big year.
No team in England can match City's attacking depth, and once again their success will come down to both the solidity and health of their defence. If Vincent Kompany can stay on the pitch and not suffer injury problems, City should be counted among the favourites.
Everton and Liverpool represent two tricky opening home fixtures, while their final seven matches begins with the Toffees, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
The last four games of City's run-in is somewhat more manageable with Swansea City, West Ham United, Huddersfield Town and Southampton to come.