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Manchester City will begin the defence of their Premier League title with a trip to St James's Park to take on Newcastle United on August 16.

The game against the Magpies comes before a tricky run of fixtures for Manuel Pellegrini's men, who then face tough games against Liverpool (H), Stoke (H), Arsenal (A) and Chelsea (H).

The Citizens will be hoping to get the defence of their Premier League title off to a strong start and the tough opening fixtures will give them a chance to land some early blows on three contenders.

It also means that Manchester City cannot afford a slow start to the season as losses against Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal would surely bring a premature end to their chances of claiming back-to-back titles.

Manchester City sealed their second Premier League title on the final day of the season with a 2-0 win over West Ham. It capped a league and cup double for Pellegrini, who had also guided his team to success in the Capital One Cup.

The game every football fan in Manchester will be waiting for will arrive on November 1, when Manchester United travel to the Etihad Stadium for the famous derby. City will be confident of victory after thrashing David Moyes' men 4-1 last year.

The return leg at Old Trafford, which Manchester City won 3-1 last season, arrives on April 11.

Pellegrini will then face a relatively easy December with games against the likes of Burnley, West Brom, Crystal Palace, Leicester and Sunderland all coming in quick succession.

Tough January

January is where it starts to get tough for Manchester City where they will face Everton away, Arsenal at home and Chelsea away. There is also the potential for Manchester City to face a tough team in the FA Cup third round.

All in all Pellegrini will be happy with Manchester City's fixture list. With the exception of the tough start, All other big games seem to be spread out nicely.

Odds

Manchester City are currently favourites with Betfair to reclaim their title at 7/4 with Chelsea only slightly behind at 2/1. Despite finishing seventh last season Manchester United are third favourites at 11/2 with Liverpool (6/1) and Arsenal (10/1) behind them.

Last season

City were granted a relatively easy opening five games last season starting with Newcastle United at home. However, they lost to Cardiff City away and drew with Stoke in what was considered a poor start. However, they eventually earned 10 points out of 15, finishing with the 4-1 demolition of Manchester United.

Not many Manchester City fans would turn the same result down this season.

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