The Premier League is nearly with us and excitement was turned up a notch this morning when the fixtures for the season have been released. Fans of these clubs have been dissecting the dates as they look to plan their trips but which big games should the neutrals looks out for. We take a look.
August 10/11 - Opening Day
The opening weekend. Liverpool will kick off the season against newly promoted Norwich at home on Friday night and Aston Villa will travel to Spurs, who kick-off a new season in their own ground for the first time in eight seasons.
Sunday looks like the big one though. Newcastle host Arsenal in the early game and who knows who will be their manager by that point before Manchester United host Chelsea in a huge opening day encounter. Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer will be hoping his new look side can get off to a flyer.
November 9/10 - Title Decider?
Liverpool v Man City is the biggest fixture in the modern era of the Premier League. These two title chasers will meet for the first time on the weekend of November 9 and it could prove pivotal in the destination of the trophy. City will be hoping to make it three in a row but Liverpool will have their eyes set on their first title in the Premier League era and it looks like it will be a two horse race.
They meet at Anfield in November but the reverse fixture in early April could well be the game that decides the titles. City’s win over the Reds in January ultimately was the difference between the two sides at the end of the season. That same weekend Wolves take on Aston Villa in what should be a feisty midlands derby.
December 26 - Boxing Day
Boxing Day is always special for football fans and although things will be slightly different this season, with the games being shown on Amazon rather than Sky or BT, they are always great festive occasions.
Liverpool face a tough test at Leicester, Brighton will visit Tottenham but the standout game is at Molineux where Manchester City will take on a Wolves side who will again be pushing for Europe this season.
January 1 - New Year’s Day
Another iconic day for the Premier League calendar. The hungover masses will travel to the stadium to take in some refreshing football and Arsenal host Manchester United in the big game. Watford host Wolves, Tottenham travel to Southampton and Man City play Merseyside rivals Everton.
May 17 - Final Day
The title race went to the final day last season and it could happen again this time around. Manchester City will fancy their chances at home to Norwich, Liverpool face Newcastle away and Tottenham travel to Palace. Chelsea have Wolves at home and Manchester United will round off their season at the King Power Stadium against Leicester.
There could be some big clashes in the battle to avoid relegation. Burnley host Brighton in what could be a relegation face off, and Southampton take on Sheffield United in another ding-dong battle.