With the 2012/13 season wrapped up there is much anticipation as to who will be playing who at the first round of next season. The fixtures were officially released over night and the first round sees no major rivalries.
Premier League champions Manchester United and David Moyes repeat their last match of the 2012/13 season as they play Swansea City away and Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea take on newly promoted side Hull City at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea, Manchester City & Manchester United are practical joint favourites for the league title over in the Premier League online betting with Betfair.com Here is the full list of fixtures for the first round:
First Round – 17 August 2013
Arsenal v Aston Villa
Chelsea v Hull City
Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur
Liverpool v Stoke City
Manchester City v Newcastle United
Norwich City v Everton
Sunderland v Fulham
Swansea City v Manchester United
West Bromwich Albion v Southampton
West Ham United v Cardiff City
Newly promoted side Crystal Palace play fellow London side Tottenham Hotspur which will see the match played at Selhurst Park, Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City will play Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium and Stoke City who sacked Tony Puli and signed Mark Hughes at the end of the season will play Liverpool at Anfield. Roberto Martinez’s Everton will play Norwich City away at Carrow Road.
The Premier League champions play Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City in the first five rounds of the league. David Moyes faces a touch start to his new managerial post at the Red Devils and the most heated match is where Liverpool host bitter rivals Manchester United which may potentially be one of the most exciting rivalries in recent seasons.
Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea play Manchester United in the second round at Old Trafford and newly promoted side Hull City in the first round. Arsenal play two London rivalries in the first three round where they play Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has been linked to sign for French champions PSG and they play a relatively ‘easy’ first five rounds but they also need to Arsenal away in the third round. PremierLeague.com take their own look at all the big fixtures this season.
This season will be the first to feature the goal line technology with The FA having announced that Hawk Eye will be installed over a period of up to six weeks in the stadiums of the 17 teams who avoided relegation and the three teams promoted during the Previous season.
Exciting matches in the first three rounds of the season include Liverpool v Manchester United at Anfield, Arsenal v Tottenham at Emirates Stadium and Manchester United v Chelsea at Old Trafford.