Everton at home on 17 August is indeed mouth-watering and, with Roberto Martinez now at their helm, will reveal a re-branded Toffees outfit. One suspects their style will be the fluid, contemporary style that Martinez honed at Swansea and attempted, partly unsuccessfully, to refine at Wigan.
As the fixtures loom, long gone are the days of City entering a Premier League season with a sense of fear
There have been several changes near the top of the table with Everton, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea brining in new managers. It’s fair to say that it’s better to play those teams early in the season, before the new tactics have been fully applied, it’s obvious that they will be better later in the season.
For those awaiting the ‘white smoke’ of a new City signing, the new fixture list offers a brief distraction
At around this time every year one of the nationals – usually a broadsheet – gives us chapter and verse around the complexities of compiling said list, and sure enough the Guardian hasn’t disappointed. While it apologetically describes the process as ‘laborious’, it’s actually quite interesting (or is it just me?) and offers one or two little nuggets I was unaware of.