Premier League fixtures announced for 2016-17, Arsenal vs Liverpool to kick-off new season - Firstpost

Premier League fixtures announced for 2016-17, Arsenal vs Liverpool to kick-off new season

London: Jose Mourinho faces a trip to the seaside in his first Premier League game in charge of Manchester United, as the Red Devils face Bournemouth in their opening league fixture on 13 August, 2016.

His bitter rival from his days at Chelsea, Arsene Wenger, will have his Arsenal side host Liverpool in the most high-profile match of the opening day. Things will continue to be tricky for the North London club, who visit defending champions Leicester City on the second matchweek before rounding off August with a visit to Watford.

Champions Leicester themselves get a gentle start away at newly-promoted Hull, before Wenger's Arsenal visit them on 20 August.

File image of Arsenal taking on Liverpool. AFP

File image of Arsenal taking on Liverpool. AFP

Former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola, now in charge of Manchester City, will start his time in England by hosting Sunderland, who just narrowly escaped relegation last year.

Itlay coach Antonio Conte won't have much time to ease into his job either, as he will face a highly-charged first game in the dugout for Chelsea, a London derby with Slaven Bilic's West Ham.

Meanwhile, two former Southampton bosses will trade blows on the pitch when Everton host Tottenham Hotspurs; Ronald Koeman will have his first taste as Everton manager, while his predecessor at St Mary, Maurico Pochettino, has been with Tottenham for two seasons now.

Only a year ago, Koeman had criticised Pochettino for ditching Southampton before his contract was up — only for Koeman to do the same thing when he took the Everton job on Tuesday.

The first big match of the season comes very early in the season, when Mourinho and Guardiola — who had a stormy rivalry in Spain, when in charge of Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively — clash at Old Trafford on 10 September. On 22 October, Mourinho will visit Stamford Bridge as Manchester United manager for the first time.

Manchester United played the last Premier League match ever played at West Ham's old Upton Park venue, will be the last team to play a Premier League match at White Hart Lane this year. Mourinho's team will be the last visitors to Tottenham Hotspurs' old home ground on 13 May, 2017, before Spurs move to a new venue.

With agency inputs

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