10 key Premier League fixtures to look out for

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Excitement is building...

One of the days that all football fans look forward to is finally upon us... Premier League fixtures day.

Every game for the upcoming 2019/20 campaign has been released and it's got supporters up and down the country plotting how their season is going to pan out.

It could be another historic campaign for a number of reasons, mainly because Manchester City are looking to become just the second side in PL history to win three successive titles. They begin their defence in the capital with a tricky looking trip to West Ham, where they take on former manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Last seasons unfortunate runners-up Liverpool welcome newly promoted Norwich City to Anfield, a fixture which kicks-off the new campaign on Friday 9th August - a day after the summer transfer window closes.

It's an immensely difficult start to life back in the top flight for Daniel Farke's men, who follow it up with a much more winnable clash against Newcastle United at Carrow Road a week later.

Fellow new boys Sheffield United and Aston Villa also kick off their Premier League campaigns with away trips, facing Bournemouth and Tottenham Hotspur respectively.

We're all set for a blockbuster season and below we've picked out 10 fixtures we think you should look out for - all of course are subject to change due to broadcasting.

Roll on the 9th August...

August

Sunday 11th August - Manchester United v Chelsea - 4pm KO

The second instalment on the first Super Sunday of the new season, Manchester United v Chelsea is some fixture to round off the opening weekend. No side has beaten the Red Devils more in Premier League history than the Blues (18) and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men will be desperate to make a fast start after their miserable 18/19 season, which saw them finish sixth.

United are expected to spend big this summer so we could well be seeing a new look side strutting their stuff at Old Trafford and they'll be keen to get revenge on the Blues after their 1-1 draw back in April that effectively ended their top four hopes. Chelsea on the other hand kick-off the campaign with a new manager at the helm, with Maurizio Sarri strongly linked with a move to Juventus. Should he move on, Frank Lampard has been earmarked as a potential replacement which would be fairytale stuff. Oh and of course there's the small matter of the Blues being Eden Hazard-less..

What a game to kick-off the season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
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October

Saturday 19th October - Manchester United v Liverpool - 3pm KO

United feature again and this clash in October against fierce rivals Liverpool is one that looks like a belter on paper. This match comes after the international breaks so both sets of players would've had two weeks without a Premier League fixture, meaning that this colossal clash has extra added importance as they bid to claim some positive momentum.

These games have been tight in recent seasons with four of the last six meetings ending in draws - the most recent of which (0-0 24th February) ended up being costly in Liverpool's title challenge. Jurgen Klopp is yet to win at Old Trafford since replacing Brendan Rodgers back in 2015 and he'll know just how much three points here would mean to the fans. Lets hope we see some goals.

Liverpool
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November

Saturday 9th November - Liverpool v Manchester City - 3pm

November sees the first meeting of the season between last years runaway top two. Champions League winners v Premier League winners. Liverpool v Manchester City.

These two were a million miles ahead of the chasing pack last term and with them both expected to be active in the transfer window this summer, it wouldn't be a surprise to see something similar.

The last meeting between Liverpool and City ended up being one of the games of the season and a pivotal one in the title race. Leroy Sane's winner gave Pep Guardiola's men a 2-1 victory which sparked an outrageous run of form, with the Citizens going on to win 16 of their next 17 games.

But that was at the Etihad, at Anfield they haven't won a Premier League game since May 2003 which includes a goalless draw last term, a game in which Riyad Mahrez skied a late, crucial penalty.

Laporte Mane
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Saturday 9th November - Wolves v Aston Villa - 3pm

Wolves made a dream start to life back in the top flight last year, breaking a number of club records in the process and securing a return to Europe. But now it's time to go again and try improve on their 7th placed showing. They were the pride of the Midlands but now they have a rival to contend with in Premier League new boys Aston Villa.

The rivalry between these two clubs goes way back and this meeting at Molineux promises to be an absolute belter. Two extremely passionate fan bases, two sides boasting very good players, two teams that like to play attacking football.

Bragging rights will be up for grabs here and after finally ending their three year exile in the Championship, this is one of the fixtures that Villa fans will be really excited for. Especially manager Dean Smith and captain Jack Grealish who're both big Villa fans.

Jack Grealish Aston Villa
The first West Midlands derby of the season promises to be some game and Birmingham born Jack Grealish will be more fired up for it than most

December

Wednesday 4th December - Liverpool v Everton - 8pm

It may have been low on goals in recent seasons but the Merseyside derby is a fixture that always provides drama. The 0-0 stalemate in March was the last time Liverpool dropped points in the league and ended up being very costly as City went on to win 14 consecutive games.

But away from that, last seasons clash at Anfield ended up producing one of the most ridiculous moments of the 18/19 season, with Divock Origi pouncing on a calamitous mistake from Everton's Jordan Pickford to nod home the latest of late winners.

Klopp ran on the pitch. Anfield erupted. Origi became a hero.

Keep the drama coming lads.

Origi Pickford
One the most ridiculous, bizarre and iconic moments from the 2018/19 Premier League campaign

Saturday 7th December - Manchester City v Manchester United - 3pm

It may be getting cold outside but the action on the pitch really hots up, with a mouthwatering Manchester derby the headline fixture in December.

The noisy neighbours have won 4 of the last 6 meetings against the Red Devils and with this match coming before the hectic festive period, it's a must win for both clubs. City completed a league double over United last season which included a 3-1 win at the Etihad - with those three points playing a part in the Blues finishing a massive 32 above their rivals.

They last met back in April when City strolled to a comfortable 2-0 victory at Old Trafford. They outclassed their opponents which led to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer launching a scathing attack on his players - will they respond at the home of the champions?

Manchester Derby
A fixture that always delivers, the first Manchester derby of the season is the standout fixture in December

January

Saturday 1st January - Arsenal v Manchester United - 3pm

The new year kicks-off with a massive clash between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium. With both sides looking likely to be competing for a spot in the top four, this could end up being a crucial 90 minutes in the race for Champions League football.

This fixture features on the final Premier League weekend before The FA Cup third round kicks off a week later, meaning there'll be a fortnight without any top flight fixtures. So a win here is absolutely crucial for both managers and it could strike a serious psychological blow to the losing side.

Jesse Lingard Manchester United
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February

Saturday 29th February - Brighton v Crystal Palace - 3pm

One of the stranger rivalries in football but a huge derby nevertheless, the M23 derby always produces fireworks. The last meeting saw Brighton pick up a priceless 2-1 victory courtesy of an Anthony Knockaert wonder goal in a pulsating encounter at Selhurst Park. Inside 28 minutes we saw five yellow cards and a red, so try telling these players this isn't a derby.

These two sides are expected to be battling in the lower regions of the Premier League so with this fixture featuring towards the back end of the campaign, it could have huge implications.

Brian Potter makes his top flight debut as Brighton boss this season and victories over Palace would go a long way to winning over the support of the fans, this should be a good one.

Graham Potter Swansea
Graham Potter makes his PL debut with the Seagulls next season

April

Saturday 11th April - Burnley v Sheffield United - 3pm

Another two sides that are expected to struggle this season, Burnley and Sheffield United will come into this encounter seeing it as a must win. The Clarets are currently on their longest run in the Premier League (three seasons) but are tipped by many to be sucked into another relegation battle next year.

They were saved last term by their form over the festive period where they went on an impressive 8 game unbeaten run, before ending the campaign with 7 defeats in 11.

Sheffield United on the other hand are favourites for the drop (4/6) and come into this match on the back of tough clashes against Manchester United (A) and Tottenham (H), meaning that this could well prove to be a six pointer. Five games remain after this one for Chris Wilder's men which include meetings with Chelsea (H) and Leicester City (A), so a win at Turf Moor is absolutely imperative.

This one could have massive implications at the foot of the table.

Chris Wilder
Following back-to-back clashes against Manchester United and Tottenham, this trip to Turf Moor could be crucial for Sheffield United's hopes of survival

Saturday 25th April - Tottenham v Arsenal - 3pm

The first North London derby at Tottenham's magnificent new stadium could prove to be a very, very big one - with a spot in the top four potentially up for grabs. Spurs finished just a point above the Gunners last term which ensured they retained Champions League football at the expense of Unai Emery's men.

Just three games of the campaign remain after this match with Spurs taking on Newcastle (A), Leicester (H) and Crystal Palace (A) - all of which are very winnable. Arsenal on the other hand host Liverpool before taking on Aston Villa (A) and Watford (H).

There's no love lost between either of set of players or fans so this should be some occasion. Will Arsenal finally finish above Spurs?

Heung-Min Son Harry Kane Tottenham
This fixture could go a long way to deciding which clubs finishes in the top four

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