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A detailed look at the new fixture list

Home is where the heart is for City fans – with fixtures at Ashton Gate to start and end the 2017/18 campaign.

It doesn’t stop there, as City will also spend Boxing Day on home soil, with another encounter in BS3 days later.

For those supporters who travel the length and breadth of the country following the team, the midweek mileage has certainly lessened, with Brentford, Wolves, Fulham and Preston North End providing the Tuesday night away venues.

There will be plenty said about City’s opening day opponents, with Lee Johnson set to host his former club Barnsley. The two sides met at Ashton Gate on April 22nd, with City winning a thriller by the odd goal in five.

After the home tie with Plymouth Argyle in the Carabao Cup first round, City face shorter journeys to Birmingham City and Brentford.

The opening month, which could feature seven games if City progress in the cup, concludes with home fixtures against Championship new boys Millwall and Aston Villa – at the same time as last season when goals from Tammy Abraham, Joe Bryan and Lee Tomlin secured a 3-1 win.

After the first of four international breaks, City face another brace of short away games against Reading and Wolves.

Successive Saturdays at the end of September will be spent in the east, with visits to Norwich City and Ipswich Town on September 23rd and 30th.

The much-anticipated trip to Sunderland falls on a Saturday – key for those fans looking to make a weekend of it. Saturday, October 28th is the date of City’s first trip to the Stadium of Light since 1998.

November begins with the home Severnside derby against Cardiff City, but also includes lengthy jaunts to Sheffield Wednesday and Hull City.

City face four home games in December, including on Boxing Day and December 30th versus Reading and Wolves respectively. Those matches are sandwiched between away trips to QPR (December 23rd) and Aston Villa (New Year’s Day). The Emirates FA Cup third round follows soon after, making it six games in 15 days.

City’s home clash with Sunderland falls on February 10th, either side of away trips to Bolton Wanderers and Leeds United.

April is another busy month, with six fixtures crammed in. The final away fixture comes on April 28th at Nottingham Forest, before Sheffield United – last season’s League One title winners – visit BS3 on the final day (Sunday, May 6th, 12.30pm).

Of course you have to play every team twice over the season, but City supporters will likely be pleased with their team's offering as they slot the 2017/18 fixtures into their diaries today.

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