EPL Schedule 2019-20: Official List of Fixtures for New Premier League Season

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJune 13, 2019

Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola lifts the English Premier League trophy after the English Premier League soccer match between Brighton and Manchester City at the AMEX Stadium in Brighton, England, Sunday, May 12, 2019. Manchester City defeated Brighton 4-1 to win the championship. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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Champions Manchester City will open their 2019-20 Premier League campaign against West Ham United on August 10.

The Sky Blues are bidding to win their third title in a row, a feat Manchester United have twice achieved in the Premier League era.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side will face Chelsea in the pick of the opening weekend's fixtures, while Liverpool will play Norwich City at Anfield in the first match of the season.

Arsenal will hope to get off to a winning start against Newcastle United, and Tottenham Hotspur begin their season at home to newly promoted Aston Villa.

Here's the schedule for the opening weekend of 2019-20 campaign, while the full list can be found here:

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City in Pursuit of Premier League Hat-Trick

Man City won the title last season for the second campaign running. Their league success was part of a sensational domestic treble that saw them win the Carabao Cup and FA Cup.

They picked up 98 points last season and 100 the campaign before, so it could take a monumental effort to get over the line ahead of them by next May.

Liverpool came extremely close, though:

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The Reds, who won the UEFA Champions League last season, will most likely be their closest challengers once again.

They have re-established themselves among Europe's elite under manager Jurgen Klopp, and they will be hoping a similar effort to last season earns them the trophy this time around as they bid to win their first league title since 1990.

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The remaining sides in last season's top six will hope to be much closer to City and Liverpool. Third-placed Chelsea were 25 points behind the Reds, while sixth-placed United were 31 back.

Spurs' project under Mauricio Pochettino hit its highest point last season, as they reached the Champions League final, so they will be aiming to put in more of a challenge domestically in what will be their first full campaign in their new stadium.

Chelsea capped Maurizio Sarri's first season with victory in the UEFA Europa League, but Eden Hazard has joined Real Madrid, Sarri has been heavily linked with the vacancy at Juventus and the club also faces the prospect of a transfer ban this summer.

As for United, they have achieved 70 or more points in just two of the past six seasons, so that will be their ambition at a minimum, along with a return to the top four.

Meanwhile, of the promoted sides, Sheffield United have the least difficult opening game. They travel to Bournemouth, compared with Norwich and Villa's respective trips to Liverpool and Tottenham.

The Blades were last in the top flight in 2007, and they spent six years in League One before returning to the Premier League via automatic promotion from the Championship.

Premier League founding members Villa are back after their relegation in 2016, the first time they had dropped out of the top flight since 1987.