Man City set for Newcastle opener


Manchester City will begin the defence of their Premier League title against Newcastle on the weekend of 16 August
Premier League champions Manchester City will start their 2014-15 Premier League campaign at Newcastle.
The opening weekend of 16 August also sees promoted Burnley face Chelsea.
Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United host Swansea and Ronald Koeman’s Southampton visit Liverpool.
promoted Wolves face Norwich in the pick of a Championship fixture list that also includes Cardiff’s visit to Blackburn.
Relegated duo Yeovil and Doncaster meet in League One, where Fleetwood Town make their debut at that level against Crewe at Highbury Stadium.
In League Two, Luton have been given a long trip to Carlisle for their return to the Football League after a five-year absence, with fellow promoted side Cambridge entertaining Plymouth.
The entire Football League programme opens on 9 August.
Tottenham will begin life under new boss Mauricio Pochettino with a local derby at West Ham, while the Premier League’s other new manager, Alan Irvine, sends his West Brom side into action at home to Sunderland.
Last season’s Championship winners Leicester will look forward to a meeting with Everton and QPR’s Championship play-off triumph has earned them an opening day fixture with Hull at Loftus Road.
Arsenal, who ended their nine-year wait for a trophy at Wembley in the FA Cup final last month, entertain Crystal Palace.
Of the three rounds of fixtures that are played prior to the first international break, Manchester City’s encounter with Premier League runners-up Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium, pencilled in for August 23, is the most eye-catching.
Everton, who have a Europa League campaign to look forward to after finishing fifth in Roberto Martinez’s debut season, have successive home games against Arsenal and Chelsea once their trip to Leicester is out of the way.
Three of last season’s top four end the campaign at home, with only Liverpool having to travel for their final game on 24 May, away to Stoke.
Opening fixtures (weekend of 16 August)
Arsenal v Crystal Palace
Burnley v Chelsea
Leicester City v Everton
Liverpool v Southampton
Manchester United v Swansea City
Newcastle United v Manchester City
Queens Park Rangers v Hull City
Stoke City v Aston Villa
West Bromwich Albion v Sunderland
West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur
Opening fixtures elsewhere
Scottish Premiership – Championship – League One – League Two
Club-by-club Premier League fixtures
Arsenal Manchester United
AstonVilla Newcastle United
Burnley Queens Park Rangers
Chelsea Southampton
Crystal Palace Stoke City
Everton Sunderland
Hull City Swansea City
Leicester City Tottenham Hotspur
Liverpool West Bromwich Albion
Manchester City West Ham United

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