Irish Premiership: Linfield begin defence at home to Institute

Coleraine's Jamie McGonigle celebrates his goal
The meeting of Coleraine and Cliftonville is the stand-out game of the first round

Linfield's Irish Premiership defence will begin with the visit of Institute to Windsor Park on Saturday, 10 August.

The fixture list for the new season has been released with Coleraine at home to Cliftonville on the opening weekend.

Championship winners Larne play host to Warrenpoint on their top-flight return while newly-promoted Carrick Rangers visit Irish Cup holders Crusaders.

Dungannon Swifts will face Ballymena United and Glentoran visit Glenavon in the other matches on the opening day.

2019/20 opening day fixtures
The opening round of matches takes place on Saturday, 10 August

There is an early meeting of last season's title rivals as Ballymena will host Linfield in round two on 13 August on the same night as newcomers Carrick and Larne go head-to-head in an East Antrim derby at Taylors Avenue.

The first 'Big Two' derby clash between Linfield and Glentoran will take place at Windsor Park on 14 September in round seven, which will also see Ballymena United hosting Coleraine.

North Belfast rivals Cliftonville and Crusaders will meet for the first time when they play at Solitude in the third round of fixtures on 17 August.

The traditional Boxing Day fixtures will feature the return match between Larne and Carrick at Inver Park while Institute will play host to Warrenpoint Town.

Among the feature matches on New Year's Day will be the meeting of Ballymena and Larne at the Showgrounds while Glenavon travel to Solitude to face Cliftonville.

The 2019/20 Championship season will begin on 3 August with relegated Ards and Newry City both away from home as they look to make an immediate return to the top flight.

Ards will travel to face PSNI in the opening round while Newry take on H&W Welders with Dundela's match at home to Dergview among the other first-round matches.

Second round of fixtures for the 2019/20 season
The top two last season, Linfield and Ballymena, will meet in the second round