Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Premier League fixture list unveiled: Manchester United face Swansea on opening day as Jose Mourinho's Chelsea play Hull

Manchester United players and manager Sir Alex Ferguson (right) celebrate on stage in Albert Square
Manchester United players and manager Sir Alex Ferguson (right) celebrate on stage in Albert Square

Barclays Premier League champions Manchester United will start the 2013-14 season at League Cup winners Swansea.

 

New manager David Moyes takes his team to south Wales on August 17, before the returning Jose Mourinho's Chelsea visit Old Trafford the following weekend. A match at Liverpool follows for United on August 31.

Mourinho's men kick off the campaign with a match against newly-promoted Hull at Stamford Bridge, while there are also home games for fellow Champions League hopefuls Manchester City and Arsenal.

Manuel Pellegrini's reign as City boss starts with a home match against Newcastle, who confirmed Joe Kinnear as their director of football yesterday. Arsenal are at home to Aston Villa.

The north-London clash is the start of a testing opening to the season for Villa, who have a home match against Liverpool and a trip to Chelsea in the following two games.

Crystal Palace's first game back in the top flight is against Tottenham at Selhurst Park. Cardiff - Championship winners last season - start their campaign at West Ham then have home games against Manchester City and Everton.

Roberto Martinez's first competitive match as Toffees manager is at Norwich, while Merseyside rivals Liverpool start with a home game against Mark Hughes' Stoke.

Elsewhere, Paolo Di Canio's Sunderland start with a home match against Fulham, while West Brom face Southampton at the Hawthorns.

Hull's fans will relish their festive programme, with Manchester United heading to the KC Stadium on Boxing Day, while Manchester City against Liverpool is another tasty-looking December 26 encounter.

The season wraps up on May 11, with three of the expected title chasers finishing on the road. Chelsea head to Cardiff, Manchester United go to Southampton and Arsenal are at Norwich, with Manchester City at home to West Ham.

 

SELECTED FIXTURES

Opening round

Arsenal V Aston Villa

Chelsea V Hull

Crystal Palace V Tottenham

Liverpool V Stoke

Man City V Newcastle

Norwich V Everton

Sunderland V Fulham

Swansea V Man Utd

West Brom V Southampton

West Ham V Cardiff

 

Boxing day

 

Aston Villa V Crystal Palace

Cardiff V Southampton

Chelsea V Swansea

Everton V Sunderland

Hull V Man Utd

Man City V Liverpool

Newcastle V Stoke

Norwich V Fulham

Tottenham V West Brom

West Ham V Arsenal

 

New year's day

Arsenal V Cardiff

Crystal Palace V Norwich

Fulham V West Ham

Liverpool V Hull

Man Utd V Tottenham

Southampton V Chelsea

Stoke V Everton

Sunderland V Aston Villa

Swansea V Man City

West Brom V Newcastle

 

Final day of the season

Cardiff V Chelsea

Fulham V Crystal Palace

Hull V Everton

Liverpool V Newcastle

Man City V West Ham

Norwich V Arsenal

Southampton V Man Utd

Sunderland V Swansea

Tottenham V Aston Villa

West Brom V Stoke

 

For the full set of fixture visit the Barclays Premier League official website byclicking here. Alternatively, see the official Barclays Premier League 'fixture grid' by clicking here.

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