The 2013-14 season title winning club, Manchester City was not at their bet the previous season. Though they had a slump in the midst of the season, they came back strongly at the end and finished their season at the 2nd place. But this season, with all the teams looking stronger, Pellegrini will have to shuffle his players around well to give their team a chance to lift a trophy.
The fixture list of the new season is what gets many fans excited as it will to an extent determine the path their favorite club has to the end of the season. In this article, we will try to analyze the list of fixtures that Manchester City are drawn.
August: 8th West Bromwich Albion (A) ; 15th Chelsea (H) ; 22nd Everton (A) ; 29th Watford (H)
September: 12th Crystal Palace (A) ; 19th West Ham United (H) ; 26th Tottenham Hotspur (A)
October: 3rd Newcastle United (H) ; 17th Bournemouth (H) ; 24th Manchester United (A) ; 31st Norwich City (H)
City will start their campaign away from home to West Bromwich Albion. But they immediately welcome the champions to Etihad the next game and then travel to Goodison Park. They go to White Hart Lane at the end of September. The first leg of the Manchester Derby will be played on the 24th of October at the Old Trafford. By this time, City will have gotten used to the pace of the other teams and will want to move positively as the league progresses.
November: 7th Aston Villa (A) ; 21st Liverpool (H) ; 28th Southampton (H)
December: 5th Stoke City (A) ; 12th Swansea City (H) ; 19th Arsenal (A) ; 26th Sunderland (H) ; 28th Leicester City (A)
January: 2nd Watford (A) ; 13th Everton (H) ; 16th Crystal Palace (H) ; 23rd West Ham United (A)
At the end of November, they welcome Liverpool and Southampton in back to back matches. The busy month of December will see City play a number of low profile teams amidst a trip to the Emirates. In January, the first difficult match in the reverse fixtures will be against the blue of Merseyside at home. By the end of January, unless there is close competition, there may not be more than two teams fighting for the title.
February: 2nd Sunderland (A) ; 6th Leicester City (H) ; 13th Tottenham Hotspur (H) ; 27th Newcastle United (A)
March: 1st Liverpool (A) ; 5th Aston Villa (H) ; 12th Norwich City (A) ; 19th Manchester United (H)
April : 2nd Bournemouth (A) ; 9th West Bromwich Albion (H) ; 16th Chelsea (A) ; 23rd Stoke City (H) ; 30th Southampton (A)
May: 7th Arsenal (H) ; 15th Swansea City (A)
February is relatively easy for Pellegrini’s men as they welcome Tottenham in the only high profile fixture. They will travel to Anfield which has not been an easy ground on the 1st of March. The reverse leg of the derby will be played on the 19th of March. In the midst of April, a trip to the Stamford Bridge may well be a game of great importance. Arsenal will visit the Etihad on the 7th of May. By this time we may have a clear picture of the points table.
If the league goes on to the final match day, a trip to the Liberty Stadium may give them some difficulties. For the team, the first half of the season is not so packed and if they can get through it on the top of the table, they will have a chance in the second half where they will be put under pressure almost every alternate game.