Manchester City’s mission to dispossess Chelsea of their Premier League crown looks set to kick off with an away game.
City, who finished eight points behind Jose Mourinho’s champions in the season just gone, have asked the Premier League to let them begin the 2015-16 campaign on the road in order to guarantee that their 6,000-seat stadium expansion is ready in time for their first home match.
The request has not yet been officially granted, but there is not expected to be any complaints.
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City’s Etihad Stadium expansion will see their capacity increase to 55,000, giving them the third biggest ground in the division, behind Manchester United’s 75,000-seater Old Trafford and Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, which houses 60,000 fans.
The Premier League fixtures for the new season will be officially published on Wednesday June 17.