Premier League fixtures: Man City away to Burnley, Chelsea hosts Liverpool, Luton at Brighton

Champions Manchester City will kick off the Premier League season on Friday, 11 August at promoted Burnley – managed by their former captain Vincent Kompany.

Luton Town’s first top-flight match since 1992 was at Brighton a day later, when the fellow promoted club Sheffield United to host Crystal Palace.

Mauricio Pochettino’s reign as Chelsea manager begins at home to Liverpool on Sunday, 13 August.

New Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou takes his side to Brentford that day.

Manchester United start the season against Wolves at Old Trafford on Monday, 14 August.

Manchester City, who are celebrating a Treble after winning the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup in 2022-23, are now looking to become the first English team to win four successive titles.

Pep Guardiola’s side have won the Premier League in five of the past six seasons.

Burnley manager Kompany spent 11 years at City, winning four league titles.

The 2023-24 Premier League season concludes on Sunday, 19 May 2024.

In a statement on Thursday, the Premier League said it was “committed to giving supporters a minimum of six weeks’ notice on broadcasting selections until December 2023, and five weeks’ from 24 January 2024”.

First round of fixtures in full

Friday, August 11th

Burnley v Manchester City (20:00 BST – live on Sky Sports)

Saturday, 12 August

Arsenal v Nottingham Forest (12:30 – live on TNT Sports)

Bournemouth v West Ham (15:00)

Brighton v Luton Town (15:00)

Everton v Fulham (15:00)

Sheffield United v Crystal Palace (15:00)

Newcastle United v Aston Villa (17:30 – live on Sky Sports)

Sunday, August 13th

Brentford v Tottenham Hotspur (14:00 – live on Sky Sports)

Chelsea v Liverpool (16:30 – live on Sky Sports)

Monday, August 14th

Manchester United v Wolverhampton Wanderers (20:00 – live on Sky Sports)

Mid-season break returns

The season schedule returns to normal, having been affected first by the Covid-19 pandemic and its knock-on impact, and then by last year’s World Cup break.

And the mid-season break returns, with teams given a clear weekend in January. That break is set to be staggered, with some teams given the second weekend of the new year off, and others the third.

Luton’s return to the top flight completes a remarkable resurgence; in 2013, they opened their season in the Conference Premier – now the National League – with a defeat at Southport. Ten years on, the Hatters – who defeated Coventry in the Championship play-off final – will welcome Burnley to Kenilworth Road for their first Premier League home game on 19 August.

Work is taking place on the ground, which has a capacity of 10,356, to meet Premier League requirements.

Notable games at Kenilworth Road include Tottenham (7 October), Liverpool (4 November), Arsenal (5 December), Manchester City (9 December), Chelsea (30 December) and Manchester United (17 February).

Manchester City finished 2022-23 five points ahead of nearest rivals Arsenal, who start next season at home to Nottingham Forest.

Mikel Arteta’s side will host the first north London derby of the season against Tottenham on 23 September, with the return fixture on 27 April.

Liverpool’s opener at Chelsea follows a request to the Premier League to start the season away from home, because of ongoing work to expand the Anfield Road Stand.

Jurgen Klopp’s side hosted Bournemouth in their first home match on 19 August. Everton visit Anfield for the first Merseyside derby on 21 October, then host the Reds on 16 March.

New Liverpool signing Alexis Mac Allister returns to Brighton, who have agreed to sign Reds player James Milner, on 7 October.

The first Manchester derby of the season is at Old Trafford on 28 October, with City hosting United at Etihad Stadium on 2 March.

Opening weekend stats

  • Luton’s game at Brighton will be their first in the top flight since a 2-1 loss at Notts County in May 1992. They’re the 51st team to play in the Premier League, with two of the last three clubs making their debut in the competition winning their opening match (Huddersfield in 2017, Brentford in 2021).
  • Nottingham Forest go to Arsenal, having defeated them 1-0 in their most recent league meeting in May – they have not won consecutive games against the Gunners since September 1978 under Brian Clough.
  • This is just the second time Chelsea and Liverpool will face one another in their opening game of a Premier League season, with the Blues winning 2-1 at Anfield in 2003-04.
  • No team has won their opening Premier League game more often than Manchester United (20).
  • Burnley have won just one of their past 23 league matches against Manchester City (drawing six and losing 16) and have lost the past eight in a row by an aggregate score of 26-1.
  • The last time Tottenham began a Premier League campaign with a London derby was in 2014-15 – they won 1-0 at West Ham in Mauricio Pochettino’s first game in charge.
  • West Ham, who visit Bournemouth, have lost their opening Premier League game 15 times – more often than anyone else. David Moyes has lost 10 Premier League openers – more than any other manager.
  • Fulham have faced Everton in their opening game of a top-flight season twice previously and lost both games, losing 3-0 in 1963-64 and 1-0 in 1966-67.
  • Sheffield United have won their opening league game in just one of the past nine seasons (D1 L7), beating Brentford 1-0 in 2017-18. They’ve lost their last three in a row, only once having a longer such run (four between 1928-29 and 1931-32).
  • Newcastle are unbeaten in their past 14 Premier League home games against Aston Villa (winning eight and drawing six) since a 3-0 loss in April 2005 – a match in which team-mates Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer were sent off for fighting each other.

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