The 2022/23 season could be one that Bristol City can enjoy with plenty of early season optimism around the place.
Outside of the club, those predict a season where the Robins could be fighting for their Championship status but those with a strong affiliation are optimistic about the next nine months might bring.
City boss Nigel Pearson isn’t ruling out a top six finish which would get them into the play-offs and just three games away from the Premier League.
Bringing in Kal Naismith from Luton Town, someone who was involved in the end of season lottery is the kind of signing that can do that, but there's also some excitement when it comes to the qualities of Kane Wilson and Mark Sykes.
The season begins away at Hull City as for the first time since 2015/16, they play away from Ashton Gate on the opening day of the campaign.
The EFL’s fixture list generator has also put them at Loftus Road in early May so it will start and finish away from the West Country.
But as well as those key dates, what else is there to look forward to when supporting the club this season?
Well there may not be an inter-city rivalry to look forward to but there’s two Severnside Derbies against Cardiff City and Swansea City which is always played with a bit of spice.
Given their geographical location, City are up there at the top for most miles travelled every season but still they take a respectable following on average away from home.
Here’s seven days to look forward to next season. We hope to see you there at these grounds
1. First Day - Saturday, 30th July - Hull City
For the first time since the 2015/16 season, City begin their campaign on the road in what could be seen as a favourable start. They turned on the style in a 5-0 mauling of the Tigers back in April in the final home game of the season. Things will have changed between both sides when it comes to personnel but it was a performance that got fans talking about what could be for next season. A win on Humberside would be the perfect way to prove those from outside the club wrong after tipping them for relegation. Photo: George Wood/Getty Images
2. Bank Holiday Weekend - Saturday, 27th August - Blackpool
The next Bank Holiday weekend is towards the end of August and this has fallen kindly for City. If the weather is on their side then fans making the trip up to Lancashire could make a long weekend for it in a visit to the Pleasure Beach. Blackpool is one of the most popular destinations for those wanting a short break away without the hassle of worrying about passports.
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3. New Years Day - Sunday, 1st January - Coventry City
City will be at home on Boxing Day in action against West Bromwich Albion but to bring in 2023, they’re away in the Midlands. It’ll be the second visit of the season after a Round One visit to the RICOH Arena in the Carabao Cup. Kasey Palmer will have potentially already played twice against his former club but it’ll be interesting to see where he is and how he is performing when it comes to this point.
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4. Severnside Derby - Saturday, 4th March - Cardiff City
The fixtures have been reversed from last season with City at home to Cardiff first before a trip to South Wales. This will be the first of two visits in a month across the Severn Bridge and there will be reasons to be confident given a league double over the Bluebirds last season. Callum O’Dowda, who left Ashton Gate after six years is amongst the ten players that have joined them this summer.
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