The fixtures for the 2013-14 Premier League season have been announced. The season will kick off on the weekend of the seventeenth of August 2013 and will conclude on the weekend of the eleventh of May 2014, with the FA Cup final being played the following weekend. New Manchester United manager David Moyes faces a tough start to the season with an away trip to League Cup holders Swansea followed by games against Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City in his first five league matches in charge. If he’s still in contention for the title at the end of the season then he can look forward to a relatively easy run in with the final three fixtures being against Norwich, Sunderland and Southampton. He won’t return to Goodison Park to face Everton until the weekend of the nineteenth of April unless they meet there in a cup competition before that date.
Last season’s runners up Manchester City and their new manager Manuel Pellegrini host Newcastle United on the opening day followed by a trip to last season’s Championship winners Cardiff City, who start their own campaign away at West Ham. Fellow promoted sides Hull City and Crystal Palace face tricky starts with Hull the visitors at Chelsea for Jose Mourinho’s first game in charge and Crystal Palace hosting Tottenham in a London derby. New Everton boss Roberto Martinez will be taking his team to Norwich City on the opening day and another new manager, Mark Hughes at Stoke, has to negotiate a trip to Merseyside to face Liverpool. The other fixtures from the first round of matches are Arsenal versus Aston Villa, Sunderland against Fulham and West Brom against Southampton.
The exact dates and kick off times have yet to be confirmed as the television rights holders – Sky and BT – now have to select which matches will be screened live on TV. Along with the Premier League fixtures, the Championship, League One, League Two, Scottish Premier League and Scottish lower division fixtures have also been announced today. The French Ligue 1 fixtures were released last Thursday as the calendar for the new season starts to take shape around Europe.