Premier League fixtures: Man City begin against Southampton

Manchester City will begin the defence of their Premier League title at home to newly promoted Southampton.

Runners-up Manchester United start their campaign at Everton when the top flight kicks off on 18 August.

Reading return to the Premier League by hosting Stoke, while promoted West Ham entertain Aston Villa.

The Manchester derby at Etihad Stadium takes place on 8 December with the return fixture at Old Trafford scheduled for 6 April.

New Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers starts with a trip to West Brom, now managed by former Reds coach Steve Clarke.

Liverpool, whose poor home form of last season was a factor in Kenny Dalglish's dismissal, face Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United in their first three home games.

Michael Laudrup, who took over from Rodgers at Swansea, can look forward to an opening game at QPR.

Paul Lambert's reign as Aston Villa manager begins with a trip to play-off winners West Ham before he has a chance to impress fans at Villa Park when taking on Everton.

New Norwich manager Chris Hughton has a difficult task in his first match with the Canaries travelling to Fulham.

Arsenal start with a visit from Sunderland and Roberto Di Matteo's first match as full-time manager of Champions League winners Chelsea sees him take his team to Wigan.

Tottenham have been handed a tricky trip to Newcastle.

The first Merseyside derby of the season will take place at Goodison Park on 27 October.

Chelsea travel to play Arsenal on 29 September and the north London derby between the Gunners and Tottenham is scheduled for 17 November at the Emirates.

Sunderland and Newcastle go head-to-head on 20 October at the Stadium of Light with the Magpies playing Manchester United at Old Trafford on Boxing Day.

Manchester City face Norwich at home on the final day, with neighbours United travelling to West Brom. Chelsea take on Everton at Stamford Bridge with Arsenal finishing their season at Newcastle.

SELECTED NEW SEASON FIXTURES

Opening day - Saturday 18 August

Arsenal v Sunderland

Everton v Manchester United

Fulham v Norwich City

Manchester City v Southampton

Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur

Queens Park Rangers v Swansea City

Reading v Stoke City

West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool

West Ham United v Aston Villa

Wigan Athletic v Chelsea

Saturday 25 August

Aston Villa v Everton

Chelsea v Newcastle

Liverpool v Manchester City

Manchester United v Fulham

Norwich City v Queens Park Rangers

Southampton v Wigan Athletic

Stoke City v Arsenal

Sunderland v Reading

Swansea City v West Ham United

Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion

Boxing Day - Wednesday 26 December

Arsenal v West Ham United

Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur

Everton v Wigan Athletic

Fulham v Southampton

Manchester United v Newcastle United

Norwich City v Chelsea

Queens Park Rangers v West Bromwich Albion

Reading v Swansea City

Stoke City v Liverpool

Sunderland v Manchester City

Final day of season - Sunday 19 May

Chelsea v Everton

Liverpool v Queens Park Rangers

Manchester City v Norwich City

Newcastle United v Arsenal

Southampton v Stoke City

Swansea City v Fulham

Tottenham Hotspur v Sunderland

West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United

West Ham United v Reading

Wigan Athletic v Aston Villa

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