Premier League matches: Man City away at Burnley, Chelsea host Liverpool, Luton at Brighton

Champions Manchester City will open the Premier League season on Friday 11 August at newly promoted Burnley – mentored by former captain Vincent Kompany.

Luton Town’s first top game since 1992 comes a day later in Brighton when fellow promoted team Sheffield United host Crystal Palace.

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

On this day, new Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou travels to Brentford with his team.

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

Manchester City who is celebrate a treble Having won the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup in 2022/23, they now aim to become the first English team to win four consecutive titles.

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

Burnley manager Kompany spent 11 years at City and won four league titles.

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

In a statement on Thursday, the Premier League said it was “obligated to give fans at least six weeks’ lead time on broadcast selections until December 2023 and five weeks from 24 January 2024”.

The first game round in full length

Friday 11 August

Burnley v Manchester City (8pm BST – live on Sky Sports)

Saturday 12 August

Arsenal v Nottingham Forest (12:30pm – 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 13 August

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

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

Monday 14 August

Manchester United v Wolverhampton Wanderers (8pm – live on Sky Sports)

The mid-season break returns

The season schedule is returning to normal after being hit first by the Covid-19 pandemic and its aftermath and then last year’s World Cup break.

And the mid-season break returns, with teams having a clear weekend in January. This break is said to be staggered, with some teams taking the second weekend of the New Year off and others taking 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 loss at Southport. Ten years later, the Hatters – who beat Coventry in the Championship play-off final – will welcome Burnley to Kenilworth Road for their first home game in the Premier League on August 19.

The site, which has a capacity of 10,356, is undergoing work to meet Premier League requirements.

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

Manchester City finished the 2022–23 season five points clear of nearest rivals Arsenal, who start at home against Nottingham Forest next season.

Mikel Arteta’s side will host the first North London derby of the season against Tottenham on September 23, with the second leg taking place on April 27.

Liverpool’s opener against Chelsea follows one Application to the Premier League The season has to start away from home due to ongoing work to expand the Anfield Road Stand.

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

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

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

Opening weekend stats

  • Luton’s game at Brighton will be his first in the top flight since losing 2-1 at Notts County in May 1992. They are the 51st team to play in the Premier League, with two of the last three clubs making their Premier League debut competition winning their opening game (Huddersfield in 2017, Brentford in 2021).
  • Nottingham Forest join Arsenal after beating the team 1-0 in their last league game in May. They have not won a straight game against the Gunners under Brian Clough since September 1978.
  • This is only the second time Chelsea and Liverpool have met in the opening game of a Premier League season, after the Blues won 2-1 at Anfield in 2003/04.
  • No team has won their opening game in the Premier League more often than Manchester United (20).
  • Burnley have won just one of their last 23 league games against Manchester City (draw six and lose 16) and lost the last eight in a row by a 26-1 aggregate score.
  • The last time Tottenham started their Premier League season with a London derby was in 2014/15 – they won 1-0 at West Ham in Mauricio Pochettino’s first game as manager.
  • West Ham, visiting Bournemouth, have lost their Premier League opener 15 times – more than anyone else. David Moyes has lost 10 Premier League opening games – more than any other manager.
  • Fulham have met Everton twice in the opening game of a top season, losing both games, 3-0 in 1963/64 and 1-0 in 1966/67.
  • Sheffield United have won their first league game in just one of the last nine seasons (U1 L7), beating Brentford 1-0 in 2017/18. They have lost their last three consecutive defeats, only once has that streak been longer (four between 1928–29 and 1931–32).
  • Newcastle are unbeaten in their last 14 Premier League home games against Aston Villa (eight wins and six draws) since a 3-0 defeat in April 2005 – a game that featured team-mates Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer were sent off for fighting each other.

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