What are the best moments in the 20 years of the Barclays Premier League?


By Alex Byrom
Deputy Football Editor


Champions Manchester City will begin their title defence on home soil as they start at home to promoted side Southampton.

City, who won all but 1 home game last season, are looking to defend the trophy for the first time, after winning it in the final minute of last season’s Premier League season.

Runners-up, and neighbours, Manchester United start their campaign at David Moyes’s Everton when the top flight kicks off on 18th August.

Championship winners Reading play host to Stoke, while play-off winners West Ham United entertain Aston Villa, with Paul Lambert taking charge for the first time. His first home game is Everton the following week.

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

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

Liverpool, whose poor home form of last season was a factor in Kenny Dalglish's dismissal – they won just 5 times at home all season - 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 – who stayed up by the skin of their teeth last season.

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 Mateo’s first match as full-time manager of Champions League winners Chelsea sees him take his team to Wigan Athletic.

Tottenham Hotspur, who sacked Harry Redknapp last week, have been handed a tricky trip to Newcastle United.

The first Merseyside derby of the season will take place at Goodison Park on 27th October, with the return game in the final weeks of the season.

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

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

In the final weeks of the season there is a Merseyside derby, and Manchester United face Arsenal (away) and Chelsea (home).

The final games of the season see Manchester City face Norwich, with neighbours United travelling to West Bromwich Albion. Chelsea take on Everton at Stamford Bridge with Arsenal finishing their season at Newcastle United, who they played on the opening day of the 2011-12 season.


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