MANCHESTER UNITED have been drawn against Chelsea in a tasty clash on the first weekend of the Premier League 2019/20 season.
All eyes will be on Old Trafford for the stand-out clash as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer aims for a better season and a place back in the Champions League after his side trailed off at the end of last term.
Chelsea, who are currently hit with rumours about their manager and the transfer ban in the build up to next season, will be aiming to continue from their success in the Europa League.
Arsenal, who start the season away at Newcastle, have been handed a tough start to their new campaign once again.
The Gunners, who went on a 22-match unbeaten run in all competitions last season, face Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United before October.
Last season saw Unai Emery’s side face Manchester City and Chelsea in their two opening games and it looks like it will be another tough start for Arsenal.
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The 2019/20 season will kick-off on August 9 with newly promoted Norwich taking on Premier League runners-up and Champions League winners Liverpool.
The clash takes place on Friday night at Anfield.
Today’s announcement of the fixtures for the upcoming season confirmed that the “leaked” opening day fixtures were in fact a hoax.
Earlier this week a screen grab of the opening games went viral, despite there being major doubts over their authenticity.
Not a single fixture was correct.
Pep Guardiola’s domestic treble-winning Manchester City start their new campaign with a trip to West Ham.
The reigning champions face a tricky February and March when the season reaches a critical stage, with Tottenham, Leicester, Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea five of their seven games.
Mancunians will be eyeing up the two Manchester derbies, with City hosting United first on December 7 and the reverse fixture taking place at Old Trafford on March 7.
Sheffield United, who were promoted last season face the long trip to Bournemouth whilst play-off winners Aston Villa have a tough challenge against last season’s Champions League runners-up Tottenham.
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The opening weekend fixtures have already been selected for TV, with Liverpool vs Norwich on Friday night, Tottenham vs Aston Villa on Saturday and Newcastle vs Arsenal and Manchester United vs Chelsea on Sunday all being shown on Sky Sports.
West Ham vs Man City kicking off early on Saturday will be screened on BT Sport.
What are the first day fixtures?
Liverpool vs Norwich (Fri)
Bournemouth vs Sheff Utd
Burnley vs Southampton
Crystal Palace vs Everton
Leicester vs Wolves
Tottenham vs Aston Villa
Watford vs Brighton
West Ham vs Man City
Man Utd vs Chelsea (Sun)
Newcastle vs Arsenal (Sun)
Boxing Day, always a highlight of the Premier League campaign, will see all 10 games aired on Amazon Prime for the first time.
There is no obvious standout fixture with Wolves vs Manchester City, Manchester United vs Newcastle and Leicester vs Liverpool among the festive games.
What are the Boxing Day fixtures?
Aston Villa vs Norwich
Bournemouth vs Arsenal
Chelsea vs Southampton
Crystal Palace vs West Ham
Everton vs Burnley
Leicester vs Liverpool
Manchester United vs Newcastle
Sheffield United vs Watford
Tottenham vs Brighton
Wolves vs Manchester City
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The final day fixtures will have added significance this season after the latest campaign saw Liverpool and Man City take it to the wire.
Jurgen Klopp’s side will be away against Newcastle while Manchester City will host Norwich.
Arsenal and Chelsea end the season at home to Watford and Wolves, while Tottenham and Manchester United are away to Crystal Palace and Leicester respectively.
What are the final day fixtures?
Burnley vs Brighton
Chelsea vs Wolverhampton
Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur
Everton vs Bournemouth
Leicester City vs Manchester United
Manchester City vs Norwich City
Newcastle United vs Liverpool
Southampton vs Sheffield United
West Ham United vs Aston Villa