The Premier League fixtures have been released with Manchester City looking to defend their title for a third season in a row.
Pep Guardiola's men held off fierce competition from Liverpool as they retained the trophy for the first time in their history.
98 points would usually see them finish with considerable distance over second. However, it went down to the last day with a single point separating the two teams.
City continue to break records and posted a remarkable 100 points in 2017/18 as Gabriel Jesus' last-minute strike secured victory over Bournemouth on final day.
Chelsea were successful in 2016/17 and they managed to post a huge 93 point tally. That saw them finish seven points ahead of Tottenham in second, and 32 points in front of Everton who ended in seventh.
The champions securing 88 or more points has become a regular occurrence in recent seasons. Leicester City's unthinkable success in 2015/16 came with just 81 points on the board.
Based on the past ten seasons, 89 points is the average required to lift the Premier League trophy, although it's likely that they will need at least three more victories on top of that.
For European football, a top-six spot guarantees an appearance in the Champions League or Europa League, alongside those who are successful in the Cups.
Average points tallies over past ten Premier League seasons
Champions: 89 points
Top-four finish: 71 points
Relegation: 34 points
Manchester United's 66 points were enough for a spot in the Europa League in 2018/19, which has been roughly in line with previous campaigns.
The average for a Champions League spot has been 71 points over the same period. The likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham are the usually side to occupy those places, although Leicester did feature when they won the title.
For relegation, 34 points is usually the mark that would see a team drop down to the Sky Bet Championship.
Birmingham could consider themselves unlucky having failed to avoid the drop despite 39 points in 2010/11, while Newcastle were relegation with 37 points in 2016.
Equally, West Ham's 35 points and Wigan's 36 could have been enough to relegate them in 2010 based on the outcomes of other seasons.
That campaign saw Burnley and Hull drop down with 30 points each, the lowest of any side in 18th across the same timescale.
Premier League points records
- Most points in a season: 100 - Manchester City (2017/18)
- Fewest points in a season: 11 - Derby County (2007/08)
- Most home points in a season: 55 - Chelsea (2005/06), Manchester United (2010/11), Manchester City (2011/12)
- Fewest home points in a season: 7 - Sunderland (2005/06)
- Most away points in a season: 50 - Manchester City (2017/18)
- Fewest away points in a season: 3 - Derby County (2007/08)
- Most points in a season without winning the league: 97 - Liverpool (2018/19)
- Fewest points in a season while winning the league: 75 - Manchester United (1996/97)
Opening day fixtures
- Friday 9 August: Liverpool v Norwich City (8pm)
- Saturday 10 August: West Ham United v Manchester City (12.30pm)
- Saturday 10 August: Bournemouth v Sheffield United (3pm)
- Saturday 10 August: Burnley v Southampton (3pm)
- Saturday 10 August: Crystal Palace v Everton (3pm)
- Saturday 10 August: Leicester City v Wolves (3pm)
- Saturday 10 August: Watford v Brighton (3pm)
- Saturday 10 August: Tottenham v Aston Villa (5.30pm)
- Sunday 11 August: Newcastle United v Arsenal (2.00pm)
- Sunday 11 August: Manchester United v Chelsea (4.30pm)
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