Manchester United Face West Brom, Tottenham And Arsenal, While Liverpool Meet Sunderland And Chelsea Travel To Stoke But Manchester City Welcome Swansea

Fixture list announced today and the Premier League will start with a bang.

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Manchester United will kick-off their defence of the Premier League with a tricky trip to West Bromwich Albion on August 13.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s side will then welcome both Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal to Old Trafford before the transfer window closes on September 1.

The Gunners travel to Newcastle United on the opening day, where last year they managed an incredible 4-4 draw.

Before they travel to Old Trafford, Arsene Wenger’s men will welcome Liverpool to the Emirates.

The latest big money signing on Merseyside, Jordan Henderson, will face his old club Sunderland at Anfield.

Last season’s runners-up, Chelsea, face a difficult opening fixture with an away game at FA Cup finalists, Stoke City.

Premier League new-boyo’s Swansea City will face Champions League opponents in Manchester City at the Eastlands, while Norwich City go to Wigan Athletic.

The latest Premier League billionaires Queens Park Rangers welcome Bolton Wanderers to Loftus Road.

Elsewhere on the opening day, Tottenham and Everton meet at White Hart Lane, Fulham and Aston Villa face each other at Craven Cottage, and Blackburn host Wolves in a reverse of the game Blackburn won on the final day of last season to stay up.

QPR manager, Neil Warnock, predicted “a very close and very exciting” campaign.

“It doesn’t matter who you play, the Premier League is where we all want to be. It’s just fabulous to be involved,” he said.

“I’m really glad I’m in the Premier League and I’ve got to make sure whoever plays us it’s difficult for them.”

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins emphasised the Premier League season was a marathon, not a sprint.

Jenkins said: “Everyone talks about a good start but it’s a long season and you’ve got to be consistent.

“The aim is to keep the club moving forward and luckily we’ve got an opportunity to do that.”

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce said he was “relishing” the visit to Anfield on the opening day of the season.

“Anfield is always a tough place to go, but we have acquitted ourselves well against the big boys in the past and going there is a test I will relish,” saud Bruce.

“Then it doesn’t get much bigger than a derby game on the first home date of the season [the Black Cats play Newcastle on 20 August].”

Club-by-club fixtures

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