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Key Premier League Fixtures of the 2011-12 Season

Devil in a New DressSenior Writer IAugust 16, 2011

Key Premier League Fixtures of the 2011-12 Season

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    With the 2011/12 English Premier League under way and the participating teams tougher than ever before, the fixture list has a lot of great games in store for football lovers.

    Last season gave fans some of the most thrilling football in the history of the Premier League, and expectations of the same abound this season.

    Here are the 20 key games in the Premier League this season.

Newcastle vs Sunderland

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    Dates: Aug. 20, 2011 (St. James' Park) and March 3, 2011 (Stadium of Light)

    Times: 12:00 BST and 15:00 BST respectively.

    Reason: The rivalry between these two teams stretches beyond winning a match, it involves winning everything.

    Both teams have high aspirations, the most important of all being to finish in the top half of the table. Expect fiery encounters and tackles galore.

Arsenal vs Liverpool

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    Dates: Aug. 20, 2011 (Emirates Stadium) and March 3, 2012 (Anfield) 

    Times: 12:45 BST and 15:00 BST respectively.

    Reason: Both these teams have aspirations of Champions League football and with Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City touted as the likely occupiers of the top three spots in the league, it is thought that Arsenal and Liverpool will be in the competition for the final Champions League spot. 

Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur

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    Dates: Aug. 22, 2011 (Old Trafford) and March 3, 2011 (White Hart Lane)

    Times: 20:00 BST and 15:00 BST respectively.

    Reason: Manchester United-Tottenham games have always produced great footballing spectacles. Both teams play football the right way and both know how to score goals.

    Harry Redknapp's men will be looking to show they are contenders this season, and this match could be their chance to set down a marker. 

Manchester United vs Arsenal

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    Dates: Aug. 28, 2011 (Old Trafford) and Jan. 21, 2012 (Emirates Stadium)

    Times: 16:00 BST and 15:00 BST respectively.

    Reason: With both sides bona fide challengers for the title every season, this game offers a whole lot more than a bunch of sweaty players pushing and shoving each other—although that in itself doesn't half hurt the viewing experience, in my opinion anyways.

Stoke City vs Liverpool

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    Dates: Sep. 10, 2011 (Britannia Stadium) and Jan. 14, 2012 (Anfield)

    Times: 15:00 BST both days.

    Reason: What better test of a team's Premier League credentials than a game against Stoke City? Liverpool will feel the pinch in this match and it will be interesting to see how Kenny Dalglish's men fare. 

Blackburn vs Arsenal

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    Dates: Sep. 17, 2011 (Ewood Park) and Feb. 4, 2012 (Emirates Stadium)

    Times: 12:45 BST and 15:00 BST respectively.

    Reason: Arsenal have a penchant for under-performing when they face teams of the likes of Blackburn Rovers. This particular fixture will give a bearing as to where Arsenal are as a team without Cesc Fabregas and possibly Samir Nasri.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool

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    Dates: Sep. 18, 2011(White Hart Lane) and Feb. 4, 2012 (Anfield)  

    Times: 13:30 BST and 15:00 BST respectively.

    Reason: Both Liverpool and Tottenham have their eyes on a Champions League spot, and this match could give an indication of who is more likely to take that spot.

Manchester United vs Chelsea

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    Dates: Sep. 18, 2011 (Old Trafford) and Feb. 4, 2012 (Stamford Bridge)

    Times: 16:00 BST and 15:00 BST respectively.

    Reason: In this match-up, the winners and runners-up in the league last season face off. Bragging rights will be at stake, and both teams will be looking to stake a claim to the title.

    There is a distinct possibility that the result of the second leg of this match could determine the league winner this year.

Arsenal vs Bolton Wanderers

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    Dates: Sep. 24, 2011 (Emirates Stadium) and Jan. 31, 2012 (Reebok Stadium)

    Times: 15:00 BST and 20:00 BST respectively.

    Reason: Bolton Wanderers will be another stern test of Arsenal's title credentials.

    Traditionally, Arsene Wenger's men have found this to be treacherous hunting ground—Bolton would be licking their chops in anticipation of this fixture.

Stoke vs Manchester United

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    Dates: Sep. 24, 2011 (Britannia Stadium) and Jan. 31, 2012

    Times: 17:30 BST and 20:00 BST respectively.

    Reason: David de Gea.

Everton vs Liverpool

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    Dates: Oct. 1, 2011 (Goodison Park) and Feb. 25, 2012 (Anfield)

    Times: 12:45 BST and 15:00 BST respectively.

    Reason: One reason: The two clubs hate each other.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal

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    Dates: Oct. 2, 2011 (White Hart Lane) and Feb. 25, 2012 (Emirates Stadium)

    Times: 16:00 BST and 15:00 BST respectively.

    Reason: Arsenal-Tottenham games have always been always pleasing to the eye, and that looks set to continue.

    Both teams will be fighting it out all season long for a Champions League spot—expect the best of English football.

Liverpool vs Manchester United

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    Dates: Oct. 15, 2011 (Anfield) and Feb. 11, 2012 (Old Trafford)

    Times: 12:45 BST and 15:00 BST respectively.

    Reason: That Manchester United will be going for their twentieth title and that Liverpool will be struggling for fourth in the league is not really the reason here. Manchester United-Liverpool is the biggest rivalry in England.

Arsenal vs Stoke City

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    Dates: Oct. 22, 2011 (Emirates Stadium) and Apr. 28, 2012 (Britannia Stadium)

    Times: 15:00 BST both days.

    Reason: Another question for the viability of the Arsenal side post-Fabregas-and-possibly-Nasri.

Manchester United vs Manchester City

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    Dates: Oct. 23, 2011 (Old Trafford) and 28 April 2012 (Etihad Stadium)

    Times: 13:30 BST and 15:00 BST respectively.

    Reason: This match pits the league champions against the pretenders to their throne—Manchester United against their noisy neighbors. It also helps that they are bitter rivals.

    City will be looking to avenge their Community Shield loss and turn Manchester blue.

Chelsea vs Arsenal

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    Dates: Oct. 29, 2011 (Stamford Bridge) and Apr. 21, 2012 (Emirates Stadium)

    Times: 12:45 BST and 15:00 BST respectively.

    Reason: Robots versus Total Football: A great spectacle lies ahead.

Chelsea vs Liverpool

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    Dates: Nov. 20, 2011 (Stamford Bridge) and May 5, 2012 (Anfield)

    Times: 16:00 BST and 15:00 BST respectively.

    Reason: This will be another opportunity for Liverpool to show their title credentials. It's also another episode of Fernando Torres against his former club, Liverpool.

Liverpool vs Manchester City

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    Dates: Nov. 27, 2011 (Anfield) and Jan. 2, 2012 (Etihad Stadium)

    Times: 16:00 BST and 15:00 BST respectively.

    Reason: Both these teams are in direct competition for Champions League places, so the stakes will be high.

    Both teams have some of the best players in world football, and this match could be a marquee moment for the Premier League.

Chelsea vs Manchester City

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    Dates: Dec. 10, 2011 (Stamford Bridge) and Mar. 17, 2012 (Etihad Stadium)

    Times: 15:00 BST both days.

    Reason: Robots vs Robots. Chelsea and Manchester City are contenders for the title this year and a win for either of the two teams in this fixture may well be the difference between winning the title and ending up third or fourth.

Manchester City vs Arsenal

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    Date: Dec. 17, 2011 (Etihad Stadium) and Apr. 7, 2012 (Emirates Stadium)

    Time: 15:00 BST both days.

    Reason: Arsenal have reason to despise Manchester City, unlike most teams. City relegated them to being the fourth best team in England last year, and it is possible that Arsenal's Samir Nasri may be heading to Eastlands before long.

    Both teams have Champions League football aspirations, which only adds extra spice to the fixture.  

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