The new fixtures for the upcoming 2013/14 Premier League season have been announced and the newly promoted football teams from the Championship have a difficult welcome to the top division. On 17th August 2013, the opening day of the new Premier League season, the winners of the Championship last year, Cardiff City, have one of the easier games out of the promoted teams against West Ham United. Fellow automatic promotion team, Hull City, are playing against Champions League qualifiers, Chelsea, whilst the play-off winners, Crystal Palace, are set to play Tottenham Hotspur.
Manchester City have been blessed in their fixtures with what they would consider as an easy start firstly playing Newcastle United, who were relegation candidates last season. In the second game they play newly promoted Cardiff City, their third match is against another promoted team Hull City and then they play Stoke City on their fourth game into the season. Furthermore, the following match comes as a delight to football fans as arguably the best game of the season takes place, the Manchester Derby.
The new and returning Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, has an easy start in his fixtures against newly promoted Hull City but is then instantly challenged when he plays against last season’s Champions, Manchester United. New Red Devils manager, David Moyes, has a mediocre start against Swansea but then has a hard run in playing Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City in the following four weeks.
For West Midlands side Aston Villa, they have one of the most difficult opening months of the Premier League. Their fixtures begins with an away game against Arsenal, then welcome Liverpool to Villa Park for their second game and to end the month they travel away to Chelsea. This is an extremely difficult start for a side that was in the relegation battle for all of last season. If they end up not winning a single point from these matches, it could damage their confidence as the current team is so young and it could make the season difficult from then on.
The final day of the season is 11th May 2014 and it could prove to be vital for the top teams as it is possible the Champions League places could be decided on that day. Manchester City host West Ham United whilst other top teams such as Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal all finish the season away at Southampton, Cardiff City and Norwich City respectively.
This year is also different as for two teams, the end of the Premier League season is not the end of football yet. The FA Cup final will be played on 17th May 2014, after the Premier League season has ended which is different to previous years.
Opening weekend fixtures in the new Premier League season:
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
Author Daniel Foster.
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