Premier League: Man City to begin title defence against Burnley; Chelsea to face Liverpool

Premier League: Man City to begin title defence against Burnley; Chelsea to face Liverpool

Premier League champions Manchester City will begin their title defense with a visit to Turf Moor Stadium, where they will face club legend Vincent Kompany and his Burnley side that emerged as champions of the English championship.

As announced by the organizers of the English top division, the two teams will kick off the 2023–24 Premier League season, which begins on Friday, August 11, with a nighttime fixture under the floodlights in Lancashire.

The opening weekend will also see an early kickoff between Arsenal and relegation escapee Nottingham Forest; reigning Europa League champions West Ham will travel to the Vitality Stadium to take on Bournemouth; Everton will battle it out against Fulham at Goodison Park; and Roberto de Zerbi’s Brighton & Hove Albion, who will also be competing in Europe for the first time in the club’s history, will welcome Luton, who will be playing in the Premier League for the first time, to the Falmer Stadium.

Elsewhere, the returning Sheffield United will take on Crystal Palace, while Newcastle and Aston Villa will lock horns in the final game of Saturday, April 12, at St. James Park. The following day, two matches will be played as Brentford will invite Tottenham Hotspur to the Gtech Community Stadium for a London derby, while familiar foes Chelsea and Liverpool will open their seasons with a stern contest against each other in the biggest game of the opening week. Finally, 20-time league champions Manchester United will welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers to Old Trafford on Monday, August 14.

Other interesting derby games to look out for are Pep Guardiola’s City travelling to rivals United on October 28, while the return fixture sees the Cityzens host the Red Devils on March 2. North London derbies between Arsenal and Spurs will see the Gunners host Tottenham on September 23, before Tottenham welcome their neighbors on April 27.

Chelsea’s new head coach, Mauricio Pochettino, will also make a return to Tottenham for the first time since 2019 on November 4, when Chelsea travel to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge will be played on February 24.

It is important to note that the fixture list provides for the return of the mid-season player break, which will take place between January 13 and 20, and due to the congested schedule across Christmas and New Year’s, no two rounds in this period will take place within 48 hours of each other.

The community shield between City and Arsenal will come up on Sunday, August 6, and it will usher in the new season, which is slated to end on Sunday, May 19.

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