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Premier League season kicks off with Liverpool v Arsenal

The Premier League has released the season's schedule with some intriguing match-ups when the campaign opens August 14.

Liverpool and Arsenal will meet on the opening day of the Premier League season while Chelsea kick off their defence of the title against promoted West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United take on Newcastle. The Premier League released the season's schedule today and announced some intriguing match-ups when the campaign opens August 14. Tottenham, who finished fourth last season, host Manchester City, the team they pipped for the final Champions League spot. Chelsea faces former midfielder Roberto Di Matteo, who is now in charge of West Brom, while Newcastle's return to the to flight means a visit to Old Trafford. Carlo Ancelotti's team, which also captured the FA Cup for a first ever double for the club, face Manchester United on December 18 at Stamford Bridge and their other meeting at Old Trafford is not until May 7, in their penultimate game of the season. The other promoted team, Blackpool, back in the top flight for the first time since 1971, starts at home to Wigan but faces Manchester United on the final day, May 22. In other opening games, Aston Villa face West Ham, Everton visit Blackburn, Sunderland host Birmingham, Wolves welcome Stoke,and Europa League runners up Fulham go to Bolton. *AP