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Manchester City to begin title defence against Arsenal

Man City to begin title defence against Arsenal
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Manchester City will begin their Premier League title defence against Arsenal on August 11.

Manchester City will begin their Premier League title defence against Arsenal on August 11.

Pep Guardiola's side, who won the 2017-18 title in record-breaking fashion, will start the new campaign at the Emirates Stadium in what will be Unai Emery's first competitive match at the helm of the Gunners.

City will then take on Huddersfield Town in their first home game of the season, before rounding off August with a trip to newly-promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Indeed, the champions will face all of the three promoted teams in their opening six games before a difficult August sees them take on Liverpool, Burnley and Tottenham Hotspur, all of whom finished in the top seven last season.

The first Manchester derby of the season is scheduled for November 10 at the Etihad Stadium, and the reverse will take place on March 16 at Old Trafford.

Guardiola's side will also face a mouth-watering New Year's Day fixture against Liverpool, before taking on London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea at home in back-to-back matches at the beginning of February.

An away trip to Brighton & Hove Albion will round off City's 2018-19 campaign, with the champions also facing Crystal Palace, Tottenham Hotspur, Burnley and Leicester City in their final five games.

Check out Man City's full 2018-19 fixture list by clicking here.

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