Manchester City have an excellent opportunity to harness their historically powerful home form in the wake of the October internationals thanks to a generous serving of upcoming Etihad dates.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side dropped a microscopic five points in 19 Premier League home games last season, so the chance to bed down for a prolonged period should see them pick up some serious momentum.
The Citizens are as short as 9/20 to cut Tottenham down to size on Saturday lunchtime in the first of them.
Virtually perennial whipping boys for the top-four sides last term, Spurs’ 3-0 loss to Liverpool at White Hart Lane last month will offer City high hopes of continuing in the same vein that saw them thrash their visitors 11-1 on aggregate in 2013/14.
Lilywhites duo Hugo Lloris and Nacer Chadli incurred injuries in representing their nations too, while Manchester mainstays Sergio Aguero, Pablo Zabaleta and Martin Demichelis played just 30 minutes of Argentina’s most recent fixture between them.
Two immensely palatable road-trips then intervene before the next three-game home-stand.
First up are a CSKA Moscow side smashed 5-1 on their sole previous Champions League Group E away day.
A visit to West Ham – opponents against whom a -1 handicap was surmounted four times last season – follows.
Then the retreat to the fortifications begin in earnest, with five Eithad games in six between Newcastle’s Capital One Cup visit on October 29 and the vitally important arrival of FC Bayern Munchen on November 25.
A quick points-garnering trip to the three-point pit stop known as Loftus Road is the sole occasion on which the Sky Blues will be leaving the house during almost a month of football.
In between the guests that bookend that period, Manchester United, CSKA Moscow and Swansea are on the menu.
Each of them were beaten by three goals in the commensurate visit last season, with the trio defeated 4-1, 5-2 and 3-0 respectively.