English Premiership

City to open against Newcastle

2014-06-18 10:30
Manuel Pellegrini (AFP)

London - Manchester City will open the defence of their title with a trip to Newcastle United after the English Premier League released the fixture list for the 2014/15 season on Wednesday.

Manuel Pellegrini's side, who claimed a second title in three seasons, have been handed a tough start to their campaign, hosting Liverpool in the second week, followed a fortnight later by a trip to Arsenal and then a home fixture against Chelsea.

Chelsea travel to newly promoted Burnley on the first day of the season, Aug. 16, followed by a home match to Championship winners Leicester City, who start life in the top-flight at home to Everton.

The other promoted side, Queens Park Rangers, host FA Cup runners-up Hull City in their first match, while Tottenham Hotspur will seek revenge for three defeats to West Ham United last term when they travel to east London on opening day.

Last season's runners-up Liverpool host Southampton in Ronald Koeman's first match in charge, while fellow Dutchman Louis van Gaal's Manchester United host Swansea City.

Manchester City host Southampton on May 24, the final day of the season, while Arsenal host West Bromwich Albion, Chelsea host Sunderland, Manchester United travel to Hull and Liverpool visit Stoke City.

Opening day fixtures:

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

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West Ham United v Chelsea, Boleyn Ground 21:45
Stoke City v Everton, Britannia Stadium 21:45
Manchester City v Leicester City, Etihad Stadium 21:45
Queens Park Rangers v Arsenal, Loftus Road Stadium 21:45
Newcastle United v Manchester United, St. James' Park 21:45
Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City, White Hart Lane 21:45
Liverpool v Burnley, Anfield 22:00
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Queens Park Rangers v Tottenham Hotspur, Loftus Road Stadium 17:00
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Crystal Palace v Queens Park Rangers, Selhurst Park 14:45
Arsenal v West Ham United, Emirates Stadium 17:00
Leicester City v Hull City, King Power Stadium 17:00
Sunderland v Aston Villa, Stadium of Light 17:00
West Bromwich Albion v Stoke City, The Hawthorns 17:00
Burnley v Manchester City, Turf Moor 19:30
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