Premier League 2019-20 fixtures REVEALED: Manchester United host Chelsea in opening weekend thriller, champions City face a tricky November and Liverpool kick off against Norwich on a Friday night
- The Premier League fixtures for the 2019-20 season were released on Thursday
- Manchester United and Chelsea meet on the opening weekend at Old Trafford
- Champions Manchester City begin the defence of their title away at West Ham
- Liverpool launch the new campaign at home to Norwich in the first Friday fixture
- Tottenham play both City and Arsenal in their first four games in difficult start
Manchester United and Chelsea will meet in a mammoth clash on the opening weekend of the 2019-20 Premier League season after the fixtures for the new campaign were revealed on Thursday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first full season in charge of the Red Devils begins with a tough game at Old Trafford on August 11 against a Chelsea team without Eden Hazard.
Tottenham also face a difficult start to the new season with the Champions League runners-up to play Manchester City and Arsenal away from home in their first four games.
Manchester United and Chelsea will meet on the opening weekend of the 2019-20 season
EVERY TEAM’S 2019-20 FIXTURES
Manchester City are looking to win a third consecutive Premier League title – having clinched the trophy on the final day of last season.
Pep Guardiola’s side won the league by one point ahead of Liverpool following their 4-1 win at Brighton and they will be confident of getting off to a flying start this time around.
City have been given a relatively comfortable opening few games against West Ham, Spurs, Bournemouth, Brighton, Norwich and Watford.
Things get an awful lot trickier in November though. Liverpool, who pushed City so close last season, welcome their title rivals to Anfield on the weekend of November 9.
City then host Chelsea two weeks later before rounding off the month with a trip to Newcastle. The first Manchester derby of the season takes place in December before City and United meet again in March.
Liverpool will play the first match of the new campaign when they start with the first Friday-night match against newly-promoted Norwich at Anfield.
Manchester City will be looking to defend their Premier League title after a final-day triumph
City pipped Liverpool to the title by one point following an enthralling Premier League season
Jurgen Klopp’s side will be hoping to maintain momentum after their Champions League final win over Spurs and then play at Southampton and at home to Arsenal in their first three fixtures.
Liverpool and Manchester City then meet in the reverse on April 4, which could have major implications for next season’s title race.
The Reds and their Merseyside rivals Everton meet for the first time in December at Anfield before renewing their rivalry at Goodison Park in March.
For the first time in eight seasons there will be no Hazard gracing the Premier League following his £150m switch from Chelsea to Real Madrid.
The Blues, who finished third last season, will be weakened by his departure as they fight an impending transfer ban this summer too.
Maurizio Sarri is unlikely to be in the Chelsea dugout next season but after heading to Old Trafford in week one, things open up nicely for the Blues.
They host Leicester and then face a pair of promoted teams in Norwich and Sheffield United.
Chelsea are going to have make do without the brilliance of Eden Hazard following his exit
Tottenham finished fourth in the Premier League last season and have been given a tough start
Champions League runners-up Tottenham claimed fourth last year and Mauricio Pochettino’s side host Aston Villa in their lavish new stadium to kick off the season before a tough run of games sees them play away at City and Arsenal either side of hosting Newcastle.
Arsenal will be hoping to usurp their fiercest rivals after finishing fifth last season and their second meeting of the season against Spurs takes place in April.
The Gunners, meanwhile, head to Newcastle on the opening weekend, then host Burnley before travelling to Anfield and welcoming Spurs to the Emirates on week four.
Unai Emery will not be looking forward to Christmas this year though as his side play at home to both Chelsea and United on December 28 and January 1 respectively.
While those aforementioned six clubs will be fighting for the title, Norwich, Sheffield United and Aston Villa’s aims will be to emulate Wolves in staying up.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be hoping to propel Arsenal into the top four next season
Norwich City (above), Sheffield United and Aston Villa are back in the Premier League
All three teams have sampled Premier League football before and will hope their current time in the top flight extends beyond the 2019-20 campaign.
Norwich, the Championship winners, face a difficult start to life back in the big time when they travel to Anfield.
There is definitely a chance to pick up some early points for Daniel Farke though as his side then have two home games against Newcastle and Chelsea before heading to West Ham.
Sheffield United will also fancy themselves to get some points on the board in the early stages of the season. Their first game in the Premier League for 12 years will be a trip to the south coast to take on Bournemouth before they have two home matches against Crystal Palace and Leicester.
Aston Villa’s return to the top flight starts with a trip to Spurs before they welcome Bournemouth and Everton to Villa Park.