It's finally here, folks—the 2013-14 Premier League schedule has been released.
Sure, with the transfer window still in effect, it's hard to know what each team will actually look like when they play each fixture. But you can bet that calendars everywhere are marking down the dates of some of the league's biggest rivalries, such as Liverpool versus Everton or Arsenal against Tottenham.
Without further ado, let's take a look at this year's list of fixtures.
*Fixtures courtesy of the official Premier League website
If you have ever wondered what goes into the complex task of putting together the Premier League schedule—and yes, it is very complex—be sure to check out James Riach's article for The Guardian on that very topic.
It's fascinating stuff.
The first dates on the schedule worth circling are the Manchester derbies between City and United on Sept. 21, 2013 and March 1, 2014. The two teams have won the last three Premier League titles, with United besting City on the table this past season by 11 points after the key addition of striker Robin van Persie.
But City are sure to have a new look next season. Manuel Pellegrini replaces Roberto Mancini as manager, and Jesus Navas and Fernandinho join the Citizens in transfers totaling £45 million. Surely, City aren't done on the transfer front.
Meanwhile, the Red Devils will have a new manager for the first time in 27 years after the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson. Former Everton man David Moyes will now take over the side and look to replicate the success of a legend, as Ferguson won 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups and two Champions League titles.
In addition, any contest including the top London sides—Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham—is worth a view. The Blues will be hoping Jose Mourinho's second tenure at Stamford Bridge will lead to more titles, while Arsenal fans are surely crossing their fingers the team actually breaks the bank this summer, as the Gunners have threatened to do.
And Tottenham will be a dangerous side once more. Well, assuming Gareth Bale sticks around, that is.
Of course, the fans and players of Cardiff City, Hull City and Crystal Palace will all be especially excited to see how the schedule shakes out this season, as the three clubs were all promoted this year.
You can bet plenty of folks in southern Wales will be circling the games between Cardiff City and Swansea City on Nov. 2, 2013 and Feb. 8, 2014.
With another heavy dose of quality fixtures on the schedule, the upcoming Premier League season should prove to be an exciting one in 2013-14.
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