Well folks, as if to prove football never sleeps, the Premier League have already released the mouth-watering fixtures that will dictate the 2010-2011 Premier League. Along with a genuinely exciting opener, the fixture computer has contrived to create an enthralling period over the notoriously busy winter schedule.
Tantalisingly, two of the ‘big four’ will meet on the season’s inaugural weekend. Liverpool will face Arsenal at Anfield in what promises to be the pick of the season’s starting games.
Elsewhere on the opening weekend, Chelsea will host Premier League yo-yo club West Brom on August 14th. The match will also see the return of Baggies’ manager and former Blues midfielder Roberto Di Matteo to Stamford Bridge.
Meanwhile, Chris Hughton’s Newcastle will face a trip to Old Trafford on their return to England’s top flight division.
Last years Champions League contenders will also meet in their first game of the season as Roberto Mancini’s Manchester City visit White Hart Lane in what should be another entertaining opener.
Other matches to watch out for are Arsenal’s trip to Chelsea on October 2nd, with its inverse being played on Boxing Day. The Boxing Day trip may come at the end of a problematic period for the Gunners as a tough run of fixtures, beginning with Tottenham on 20th November, runs up towards the congested Christmas period. Arsene Wenger’s men will also have to contend games against Aston Villa, Manchester United and stubborn opponents Stoke on November 27th , and the 11th and 18th of December respectively.
Chelsea will also face a tough trio of back-to-back Christmas period opponents. The Blues will pay a visit to Tottenham on December 11th, followed by Manchester United on the 18th and then the game against Arsenal on Boxing Day.
Fortunately for Manchester United, their seasonal head-to-head with their title rivals will be sandwiched by relatively easier games against Blackpool and Sunderland. But the former champions will have to face Arsenal and Chelsea in back-to-back games at the business end of the season with their trip to Arsenal scheduled for April 30th and the visitation of Chelsea planned for the 7th of May.
Tottenham’s aforementioned games against Arsenal (away) and Chelsea (home) will be punctuated by a home game against Liverpool November 27th and an away game against Birmingham on the 4th of December which could prove to be their most difficult run of fixtures.
All of this depends, of course, on the meddling of Sky who are currently running a finger through the fixture lists to decide on which games will be shown live.
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