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Liverpool v Arsenal to kick off new Premier League season

The 2010-2011 Premier League will kick-off with a blockbuster clash between Liverpool and Arsenal on August 14.

It means a mouthwatering entrance for the new Liverpool manager, likely to be Fulham’s current boss Roy Hodgson, even though most fans would prefer Rafael Benitez’s replacement to be Kenny Dalglish.

Liverpool’s start doesn’t get any easier because they travel to Manchester City in their second game and go to Manchester United for their fifth match of the campaign.

United will be happy to begin with a home match against newly-promoted Newcastle.

They then take on Fulham at Craven Cottage before facing West Ham at Old Trafford.

December 18 will be a massive day for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side because that’s when they take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea begin their defence of the Barclays Premier League title with a home match against newly-promoted West Brom.

The match on August 14 means a return to Stamford Bridge for former Blues midfielder Roberto Di Matteo, now manager of Albion.

Another intriguing opening day clash sees Spurs take on Manchester City at White Hart Lane.

Ian Holloway’s Blackpool kick-off against Wigan and will face a daunting trip to United on the last day of the season.

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