Champions host new boys

The Premier League fixtures are out as Chelsea kick-off against West Brom, Newcastle face a tough trip to Old Trafford and Liverpool host Arsenal

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It all begins again on August 14

Opening day fixtures
Aston Villa v West Ham
Blackburn v Everton
Blackpool v Wigan
Bolton v Fulham
Chelsea v West Brom
Liverpool v Arsenal
Man Utd v Newcastle
Sunderland v Birmingham
Tottenham v Man City
Wolverhampton v Stoke

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Barclays Premier League champions Chelsea begin the defence of their title with a home match against newly promoted West Brom.

The August 14 clash sees a return to Stamford Bridge for former Blues midfielder Roberto Di Matteo, now manager of Albion.

Next up for the champions will be a trip to Wigan, where they were beaten last season, before Stoke visit Stamford Bridge on August 28.

The title holders have to wait until October 2 for their first match against one of the big four clubs, when they face Arsenal at home, with the return fixture on Boxing Day.

Carlo Ancelotti's side first play Manchester United on December 18, with the two shaping up at Old Trafford on May 7 - the Blues' penultimate away fixture.

United, runners-up in 2009-10, also start with a home match against a newly-promoted team. Sir Alex Ferguson's side take on Newcastle on the first day.

And Blackpool, the third of the sides promoted from the Championship, provide the Old Trafford opposition on the last day of the season, May 22.

There are two intriguing matches between top-four hopefuls on the opening day. Liverpool start the post-Rafa Benitez era with a home match against Arsenal, while Tottenham and Manchester City meet at White Hart Lane.

Aston Villa face West Ham and Everton travel to Blackburn, while Blackpool's first match in the Premier League is at home, to local rivals Wigan.

Elsewhere on the opening day, Steve Bruce's Sunderland are at home to Birmingham, one of the clubs he previously managed.

Wolves and Stoke clash at Molineux, while Bolton and Europa League runners-up Fulham meet in the North West.

Now the fixtures have been announced, the process of selecting games for live TV coverage begins.

This season Sky Sports will show 115 live matches from the Barclays Premier League. We expect to announce the first batch of live matches in a couple of weeks followed by initial selections from the Football League and the Scottish Premier League.

As soon as any live television fixtures are confirmed they will be announced on Sky Sports News and on skysports.com.

Sky Bet have released their prices for the opening day's Premier League games and make Newcastle 12/1 shots to beat Manchester United (2/9) and Chelsea (1/7) to beat West Brom (14/1). Click here to see all Premier League markets.

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Comments (70)

Steve Taylor (Tottenham Hotspur fan) says...

I haven't noticed any Arsenal supporters complaining that they got an away game against a mid table side for their opening fixture! If the Liverpool supporters have no confidence in their team winning at home against any team, they deserve to finish mid table and forever lose their tag of a 'big four' side.

Posted 10:47 18th June 2010

Ryan Baran (Manchester United fan) says...

does everyone forget that we lost 2 burnley inb are second game last season so it could happen again id rather have a top 4 team away to begin with because if you lose theres always away back where as if you lose 2 a top team at the later stages in the season that could mean your seasons over, so shut up moaning and get on with it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Posted 10:42 18th June 2010

Frank Stringer (West Bromwich Albion fan) says...

what's all the fuss about with the new fixture list,it doesn;t matter who we play first game of the season as long as we give a good account of ourselves thats all that matters

Posted 10:28 18th June 2010

Adam Warren (Arsenal fan) says...

A Liverpool fan complains about tough early fixtures - "you don't see any of the big 4 clubs get hard fixtures at the start". By being at home against big 4 opposition on the 1st day of the season obviously means another big 4 team has an away big 4 fixture to start with! There's no harsh treatment of any club by the FA, that's just nonsense. Besides, everyone plays each other twice in the end

Posted 09:49 18th June 2010

David Banks (Newcastle United fan) says...

The idea that Man Utd always get an easy start is absurd. They are well renowned for starting the season relatively slow for a top club, and have a reputation for not really getting going till october. As a newcastle fan i'm glad we play them at the start.

Posted 09:34 18th June 2010

Tim Born (Manchester United fan) says...

I see that all the liverpool fans are getting their excuses out already!! .. Everybody places each other twice so what does it matter, and to be fair if you look at the first 6/7 fixtures, Man Uniteds got proberly the hardest of any!

Posted 09:31 18th June 2010

Brian Huxley (Tottenham Hotspur fan) says...

what are you liverpool lads on, you will be luck to finish in the top 7 again, everton are better than you lot and thats a fact, you have no money no manager & your in big debt and you need a new ground, just look at the new white hart lane 2014 just google spurs

Posted 01:09 18th June 2010

Tom Buckle (Liverpool fan) says...

I cant see arsenal being a strong force next season, they will have lost Fabregas, looking from the stats and watching them with out him shows how important he is to them. Hopefully liverpool will have new owners by then so games against arsenal and city will be a walk in the park. ; )

Posted 23:47 17th June 2010

Scott Macrae (Arsenal fan) says...

Good start 4 us we will beat a shaken liverpool side comfortably and it will be a big boost. COME ON THE GUNNERS!

Posted 22:29 17th June 2010

Nathan Burns says...

Chelsea for the title again

Posted 22:21 17th June 2010

Aaron Baker (Chelsea fan) says...

Great draw for Chelsea! There are a couple of tough stretches to come in this campaign but hopefully the strenght we'll add to the squad this summer will give us a good chance to push for a Champions League title!

Posted 21:51 17th June 2010

Matt Tshabalala (Birmingham City fan) says...

Blackpool to win the premier league this season, they're the dark horses of the league this year!

Posted 19:33 17th June 2010

Greg K (Manchester United fan) says...

I have a feeling that the Premier League trophy will be presented to the new champions at Old Trafford on May 7th/8th, 2011

Posted 19:21 17th June 2010

Travis Haywood (Blackpool fan) says...

I'm not trying to be bigheaded, but Blackpool beat everton and wigan in pre-season warm ups in the 2009-2010 season , and hopefully we can beat some teams like that again this season.. Up the pool.

Posted 19:20 17th June 2010

David Hindley (Liverpool fan) says...

why all the moaning the arsenal are not the team they used to be so to me looks like 3 points in the bag.

Posted 19:17 17th June 2010

Owusu Kwarteng edmond (Manchester United fan) says...

This season is really going to be United year. We are going to give Newcastle a very nice welcome party at the theater of dreams. United forever but the Glazers should leave.

Posted 18:43 17th June 2010

You pies Jamie (Notts County fan) says...

Just seen the league tables and Blackpool already 5th in the league ..get in there . lol

Posted 18:27 17th June 2010

Steven Dolby (Tottenham Hotspur fan) says...

Spurs had Arsenal, Chelsea and Man Utd, 3 weeks in a row at a crucial stage of last season - did'nt seem to do us any harm, did you hear us moaning about it and that this would ruin our chances to finish 4th. I seem to remember we had Liverpool first game last season, dont think we complained about that either. Scousres are still sore about their season and Benitez going, their dumb US owners, no hope of a new stadium and probably half their team being sold, so this is just something else to moan about and get their excuses in for next season. No game is easy, it matters not a bit who you play or when.

Posted 17:45 17th June 2010

Mike Hopkins (Chelsea fan) says...

Champions again 2010-2011 Chelsea

Posted 17:22 17th June 2010

Jack Palmer (Arsenal fan) says...

the game against liverpool on the first day will be tough,but if fabregas stays i think that we should be able to win it. Chamakh to get a hat-trick !!!

Posted 16:20 17th June 2010

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