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Liverpool to face Sunderland on opening day of the season while it's Newcastle vs. Arsenal, West Brom vs. Manchester United and Tottenham vs. Everton

Jun 17, 2011 1:40:00 PMEngland
Jordan Henderson comes up against his former club, while Roberto Mancini’s men open their campaign against Swansea as fellow newcomer Norwich City takes on Wigan
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The fixtures for the 2011-12 season have been announced, and Liverpool's newest player Jordan Henderson is set to face his former club Sunderland on the opening day of the campaign.

Elsewhere, Manchester United begins its title defense with a trip to play West Brom on Aug. 13, while Arsenal travels to take on Newcastle United at St James' Park. Tottenham hosts Everton, while Manchester City hosts newcomers Swansea City at Eastlands.

The Gunners are presented with a clash against Liverpool at home in the second week of the season before taking on United at Old Trafford.

KEY DATES OF THE SEASON
AUG
7: COMMUNITY SHIELD,
MAN UTD vs MAN CITY

13: OPENING DAY

20: ARSENAL vs LIVERPOOL,
MAN UTD vs TOTTENHAM

27: MAN UTD vs ARSENAL
SEP
13: CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP STAGE

17: MAN UTD vs CHELSEA,
TOTTENHAM vs LIVERPOOL
OCT
1: TOTTENHAM vs ARSENAL,
EVERTON vs LIVERPOOL

15: LIVERPOOL vs MAN UTD

22: MAN UTD vs MAN CITY

29: CHELSEA vs ARSENAL
NOV
19: CHELSEA vs LIVERPOOL

26: LIVERPOOL vs MAN CITY
DEC
10: CHELSEA vs MAN CITY

17: MAN CITY vs ARSENAL

20: TOTTENHAM vs CHELSEA
JAN
2: MAN CITY vs LIVERPOOL

7: FA CUP THIRD ROUND

21: ARSENAL vs MAN UTD,
MAN CITY vs TOTTENHAM
FEB
4: CHELSEA vs MAN UTD,
LIVERPOOL vs TOTTENHAM

11: MAN UTD vs LIVERPOOL

14: CHAMPIONS LEAGUE KNOCKOUT PHASE

25: ARSENAL vs TOTTENHAM,
LIVERPOOL vs EVERTON
MAR
3: LIVERPOOL vs ARSENAL,
TOTTENHAM vs MAN UTD

17: MAN CITY vs CHELSEA

24: CHELSEA vs TOTTENHAM
APR
7: ARSENAL vs MAN CITY

21: ARSENAL vs CHELSEA

28: MAN CITY vs MAN UTD
MAY
5: FA CUP FINAL
LIVERPOOL vs CHELSEA

14: FINAL DAY OF PREMIER LEAGUE

19: CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL
Tottenham also has a difficult start to the season, as its campaign's first three fixtures are Everton at home, United away and Manchester City at home.

The Red Devils have an important set of fixtures in October, when they first lock horns with fierce rivals Liverpool on Oct. 15, with the Manchester derby up next on Oct. 22, and a trip to Goodison Park on Oct. 29.

The first north London derby is scheduled to take place on Oct. 1 at White Hart Lane, with the first Merseyside derby also taking place the same weekend.

As for the battle for supremacy in Manchester, the first meeting between the two sides in the league is set to take place on Oct. 22 at Old Trafford.

Boxing Day sees a London derby taking place between Chelsea and Fulham, while new arrivals Swansea City and Queens Park Rangers lock horns at the Liberty Stadium.

Potential title deciders in the form of a clash between Chelsea and Liverpool takes place at Stamford Bridge in the penultimate weekend of the season, while the Manchester derby takes place at Eastlands a week before.

Arsenal end its campaign on May 13 with a trip to West Brom, while Chelsea finishes against Blackburn Rovers at home.

Manchester City takes on QPR while its arch-rival United end its title defense against Sunderland away, with Liverpool finishing away to Swansea.

As for Spurs, they host Fulham in an all-London clash on the final day of the season.

The season's traditional curtain-raiser will be a Manchester derby at Wembley, as FA Cup winner City takes on Premier League champion United in the Community Shield in what is a re-run of the FA Cup semifinal between the teams last season.

Opening day fixtures: Saturday, August 13
(click on each team for their season's fixtures in full)

Blackburn Rovers vs. Wolves
Fulham vs. Aston Villa
Liverpool vs. Sunderland
Manchester City vs. Swansea City
Newcastle United vs. Arsenal
QPR vs. Bolton
Stoke City vs. Chelsea
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Everton
West Brom vs. Manchester United
Wigan Athletic vs. Norwich City


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