Key matches and full schedule for season
The Premier League fixtures for the 2023-24 season have been released, and there are some eye-catching games for the opening weekend.
Mauricio Pochettino’s first league game as Chelsea manager will be at home to Liverpool, while Vincent Kompany will face his former boss Pep Guardiola as Burnley host champions Manchester City on Friday night.
You can pick out your team’s fixtures in the full list here. These are some of the other key details.
What are the opening weekend fixtures?
Burnley vs Manchester City (Friday August 11, 8pm)
Arsenal vs Nottingham Forest (Saturday August 12, 12.30pm)
Bournemouth v West Ham United (Saturday, 3pm)
Brighton vs Luton Town (Saturday, 3pm)
Everton vs Fulham (Saturday, 3pm)
Sheffield United vs Crystal Palace (Saturday, 3pm)
Newcastle United vs Aston Villa (Saturday, 5.30pm)
Brentford vs Tottenham Hotspur (Sunday August 13, 2pm)
Chelsea vs Liverpool (Sunday, 4.30pm)
Manchester United vs Wolves (Monday August 14, 8pm)
When are the big local derbies?
Manchester United vs Manchester City (October 28)
Manchester City vs Manchester United (March 2)
Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur (September 23)
Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal (April 27)
Liverpool vs Everton (October 21)
Everton vs Liverpool (March 16)
‘Big six’ in focus – Which games could decide the title?
By Sam Dean
A run of games against Arsenal, Brighton and then Manchester United in October appears tricky. A month later, City then play Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in consecutive matches. Their big games come in bursts. The run-in appears simple enough: their last four games are against Nottingham Forest, Wolves, Fulham and West Ham.
On paper, a relatively straightforward start to the season, with games against Nottingham Forest, Crystal Palace and Fulham first up. Mikel Arteta’s side face a tricky autumn, though, when they meet Manchester City, Chelsea and Newcastle United in the space of one month. Two of their last four games are against so-called ‘big six’ opponents, as Arsenal meet Spurs in late April and then travel to Manchester United in mid-May.
United will travel to north London twice in their first four games: they face Spurs away in mid-August before playing Arsenal away in early September. December looks complicated, as they come up against Newcastle, Chelsea and Liverpool in the space of four games.
An opening-day trip to face Mauricio Pochettino’s Chelsea represents a difficult start to the campaign, and they then travel to Newcastle United in their third match. Back-to-back matches against United and Arsenal during the busy December period could be difficult.
Ange Postecoglou’s first Premier League match will be away at Brentford, which is among the trickier opening-day fixtures that Spurs could have got. His first home game, meanwhile, will be against Manchester United. The spring could be make-or-break: from mid-April to early May, Spurs have a run of matches against Newcastle (A), City (H), Arsenal (H) and Liverpool (A).
Mauricio Pochettino’s Chelsea career starts with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on the opening weekend. From there, his first few weeks look relatively straightforward. Things become tricky in November and December, though, when Chelsea have a run of fixtures against Spurs (A), City (H), Newcastle (A), Brighton (H) and United (A).