The fixture lists for the 2009/10 season are out. City have an indifferent start, visiting Mark Hughes' former side Blackburn Rovers in the first game on Saturday August 15th. The first home match is Mick McCarthy's newly-promoted side Wolves on Saturday August 22nd.
The derby fixtures are at opposite ends of the season, with City visiting Old Trafford on Saturday September 19th and hosting the return tie on Saturday April 17th. Arsene Wenger's Arsenal pose the strongest early test when they visit Eastlands on Saturday September 12th.
For a look at the full fixture list, click here.