Here's Everything You Need To Know About Manchester City's Opening Premier League Game On Saturday

Pep's competitive debut...

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Well THAT was a long summer. Who are City playing in the opener then?

It certainly was. City kick-off their 21st Premier League campaign with a home match against Sunderland on Saturday.

Finally. What time does it kick-off?

The match will be the first Saturday evening tea time game of the season. It gets underway at 5.30pm. 

I haven't got a ticket. Will I be able to watch it on the telly?

But of course. It will be shown live on BT Sport 1. 

Brilliant. Except I'm normally in my nan's at teatime on Saturday. How can I convince her that watching City will be an evening well spent?

Two words. Pep Guardiola. Don't forget that just 20 years ago City were coming to terms with relegation from the top division. Any fan back then that said City would have two Premier League titles under their belt and had attracted the most coveted manager in world football to Manchester would have been told they were talking absolute codswallop.

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Fair enough. But surely he can't be that good. 

Pep's managed Barcelona to three league titles and two Champions Leagues as well as winning three German titles on the trot with Bayern Munich. Throw in a couple of Spanish and German Cup victories and his record is pretty much unquestionable. You do the maths. 

I stand corrected. City were so inconsistent last year though. 

Pep's been working on that. He's brought in a total of eight players so far during the summer transfer window. Chief among them, John Stones has been brought in to shore up central-defensive frailties, Ilkay Gundogan will add guile in midfield while Leroy Sane and Oleksandr Zinchenko will inject some much-needed youth into an aging side. Last summer's marquee signing Raheem Sterling will have a lot to prove after some poor form over the past 12 months and Spanish striker Nolito will look ease the goalscoring burden that so often befalls the prolific Sergio Aguero.

So there should be some silverware heading to the Etihad this season then...

Fans would expect so. City are the favourites to win the Premier League with most bookmakers and will have benefited from the experience of reaching the Champions League semi-final last season. Plus, they're always good for a run in the domestic cup competitions. 

Nice. All we need is a handy three points on Saturday to send us on the road to glory.

You'd hope so. Sunderland aren't expected to set the world alight this season. They've lost manager Sam Allardyce to the England job and replaced him with former United manager David Moyes. 

While the Black Cats are embarking on a new era,their transfer activity has been questionable, only bringing in Paddy McNair and Donald Love from United and the largely unproven Papy Djilobodji from Chelsea.

Having survived relegation by the skin of their teeth last season, 33-year-old Jermain Defoe remains their chief goal threat, which says a lot. 

Moyes will be hoping that his spell at the Stadium of Light is more fruitful than his time at Old Trafford but he is likely to get his tenure underway with a defeat to City on Saturday. 

Sounds like the makings of an entertaining evening. Let's 'ave it, City!

Indeed. Enjoy the game and the season ahead. 

Written By

James Fenton

Resident football writer, covering City, United and the rest of what the beautiful game brings to our city. I also moonlight in news, current affairs and emmm... burger reviews.

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