Manchester City proved unstoppable in the final third of last season, winning 14 straight Premier League matches as they secured their fourth title.
Pep Guardiola's side will be confident of continuing that momentum when the 2019/20 season starts.
City have won all three of their opening matches as defending champions.
They beat Southampton 3-2 at the start of 2012/13 and overcame Newcastle United 2-0 in 2014/15, before triumphing 2-0 at Arsenal in Matchweek 1 last season with goals from Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva.
Reigning champions have proven to be tough opponents on the opening weekend in general, with few suffering a prolonged hangover after their celebrations in May.
For 24 successive PL seasons, the defending title-winners started unbeaten the following campaign.
Up to the start of 2016/17, out of a possible 72 points up for grabs for teams who had lifted the Trophy, only eight had ever been dropped.
But Man City ensured they did not make it a hat-trick of fallen champions, by winning at Arsenal last August.