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2011-12 Premier League fixtures revealed

Premier League newcomers Swansea begin their first season in the top-flight for nearly 30 years with a trip to mega-rich Manchester City.

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The Swans’ final day fixture is also a mouth-watering tie as Kenny Dalglish’s Liverpool will visit the Liberty Stadium on 13 May.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United begin their title defence with a trip to West Bromwich Albion, before two home matches against Tottenham and then Arsenal. The champions will face off against all the top sides early in the season; they will play Chelsea on 17 September before playing Liverpool and Manchester City in consecutive weeks in October.

Liverpool’s new signing Jordan Henderson will play his old club Sunderland on the opening day as the Black Cats travel to Anfield. Dalglish will then take his team to the Emirates, as they play Arsenal in the second game of the season. Reds fans always look to see when they will be playing their rivals and the first two fixtures in October see Liverpool travel across Stanley Park to play Everton, before entertaining Manchester United at Anfield in the following match.

There is an old football cliché that says you can’t win the title at the start of the season, but you can definitely lose it. It is a saying that might be floating around in the back of the minds of some Arsenal fans, after seeing their team’s opening fixtures.

The Gunners travel to Newcastle on the opening day of the season; the two teams were involved in a dramatic 4-4 draw at St James’ Park last term. Arsene Wenger’s side play Liverpool at home in their second game, and then travel to Old Trafford for their third match of the season.

The first north London derby of the season takes place at White Hart Lane on 1 October, with the return fixture taking place on 25 February. The first Arsenal-Chelsea clash takes place on 29 october Of the other promoted teams, Championship winners Queens Park Rangers will play Bolton at home on the opening day, while Norwich City fans face the long trip to Wigan if they are to watch their team’s return to the top-flight.

Norwich fans will be hoping their team have secured safety in the Premier League early on, as their last three fixtures see them take on Liverpool (at home), Arsenal (away) and Aston Villa (at home). There are no easy games in the Premier League, but those are three particularly tough matches.

After playing Bolton on the opening day QPR then face two away matches, as they travel to Everton and Wigan in their next two games. As with Norwich, the run-in for Neil Warnock’s side looks very tricky as they play Chelsea (away), Stoke City (at home) and then Manchester City (away) on the final day of the season.

Alex McLeish’s first game in charge of Aston Villa sees him take his new team to London, to play fellow new boss Martin Jol’s Fulham side at Craven Cottage.

What is your reaction to the fixture list? Are you happy with your teams fixtures? Do you think the fixtures favour any team in particular? Give us your thoughts, leave a comment below.

Opening day fixtures
Blackburn v Wolves
Fulham v Aston Villa
Liverpool v Sunderland
Manchester City v Swansea
West Bromwich v Manchester United
Newcastle v Arsenal
QPR v Bolton
Stoke v Chelsea
Tottenham v Everton
Wigan v Norwich

Boxing Day fixtures
Arsenal v Wolverhampton
Bolton v Newcastle
Chelsea v Fulham
Liverpool v Blackburn
Manchester United v Wigan
Norwich v Tottenham
Stoke v Aston Villa
Sunderland v Everton
Swansea v QPR
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City

Final day fixtures
Chelsea v Blackburn
Everton v Newcastle
Manchester City v QPR
Norwich v Aston Villa
Stoke City v Bolton
Sunderland v Manchester United
Swansea v Liverpool
Tottenham v Fulham
West Brom v Arsenal
Wigan v Wolverhampton

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