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Premier League Fixtures announced: Manchester United Host Chelsea, City Begin Title Defense at West Ham

Manchester United will welcome Chelsea in the first week of the Premier League, as the games were finally revealed on Thursday.

AFP

updated:June 13, 2019, 3:10 PM IST

Premier League Fixtures announced: Manchester United Host Chelsea, City Begin Title Defense at West Ham
Manchester United plays Chelsea at home in the first week (Photo Credit: Reuters)

London: Champions Manchester City starts defending their Premier League title away at West Ham, while Manchester United will welcome Chelsea to a blockbuster meeting to start the campaign after next season's games were revealed on Thursday.

City will be sure to have a fruitful start after scoring four times in each of their last three visits to London Stadium, but will face a harder clash when Champions League finalists visit Tottenham Hotspur de Etihad on the second weekend of the season .

Runners-up and Champions League winners Liverpool starts with a home game for the newly promoted Norwich.

The top two of last season met at Anfield on November 9 with the return to the Etihad scheduled for April 4, subject to TV confirmation.

Chelsea will start life without the influential Eden Hazard in Old Trafford with United, who needs a quick start after a nasty end to last season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Upon their return to the top plane Aston Villa host Spurs, while Sheffield United are away in Bournemouth. City just skipped Liverpool by a point in last season's exciting game, but seems to have the easier run-in this time if the title were to go back to the wire.

The men of Pep Guardiola do not face teams that ended in their last six games in the last half of the season after the Liverpool visit.

The European champions, on the other hand, travel to Arsenal and receive Chelsea to visit Newcastle in their last three games of the campaign.

For the first time in the history of the Premier League, the clubs get a short mid-season stop in February.

During a two-week period, there are only five games in one weekend, while the other five games take place the following weekend, giving each team a week off.

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