It is the start of dreams: to score a hat-trick on the opening day of the Premier League.
But it is an achievement that has proved elusive, even to the league's best strikers.
The PL's leading scorer, Alan Shearer, scored 11 hat-tricks in the competition but not one on the opening day.
Indeed, none of the top 18 goalscorers in Premier League history have achieved this feat.
The honour belongs to only seven players.
The previous season, the Sky Blues were on the receiving end of an individual three-goal show, on a day when two were scored on the opening Saturday of the campaign.
On 17 August 1996 Kevin Campbell scored all of Nottingham Forest's goals in their 3-0 victory at Coventry, while up at The Riverside Stadium Fabrizio Ravanelli marked a memorable Premier League debut with a treble in Middlesbrough's 3-3 draw with Liverpool.
When the 2018/19 season begins on 11 August, will these two or another striker step forward to take home the new Nike Merlin ball?
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Part 1: Premier League fixtures for 2018/19 announced
Part 2: Champions City hand Emery a tough start
Part 3: London and Merseyside set for triple derby special
Part 4: Goals and shocks in store on Boxing Day
Part 5: Will City avoid unwanted champions' hat-trick?
Part 6: Promoted clubs eye historic winning treble
Part 7: Top five set for late-season showdowns
Part 8: Tough finishes can inspire Wagner and Hughton