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Manchester City will begin the defense of their Premier League title at West Ham in the final leg of the opening legs of the weekend. Josep Guardiola’s team will begin their fifth league title in six seasons at the London Stadium at 4:30 pm on Sunday 7 August.

Liverpool will take on Fulham in Saturday’s lunchtime fixture, with new player Fabio Carvalho taking on his former club. The next day, Erik ten Hag opens his first season as Manchester United manager at home at Brighton.

Frank Lampard, who took Everton to safety with one game to go last month, faces his former Chelsea employer in Saturday night’s game.

Nottingham Forest’s first top-flight game in 23 years will be at Newcastle and Bournemouth, who haven’t faced last season’s top 12 teams in their first five matches, host Aston Villa and will then play City, Arsenal and Liverpool in successive matches. Matches.

For the second consecutive season, Arsenal are playing the first game of the season: a short trip to Crystal Palace on Friday 5 August as Mikel Arteta looks to avoid a result reminiscent of last year’s 2-0 defeat at Brentford. Palace seem to have one of the toughest starts because they go to Anfield, take over Aston Villa and go to City.

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Liverpool and City will resume their rivalry at Anfield on 15 October – after a mid-week draw in the Champions League – with a return scheduled for 1 April. Jurgen Klopp is unlikely to be impressed by Liverpool’s fixture distribution combined with their European commitment.

Their three away matches since Champions League group games are Chelsea (17 September), Arsenal (8 October) and Tottenham (5 November).

City’s post-European away trips are, in addition to the trip to Liverpool, Wolves (September 17) and Leicester (October 29). They take spurs on September 6th.

On the last weekend before the off-season break for the World Cup, the traditional “big six” dispersed, with Chelsea’s trip to Newcastle and Tottenham hosting Leeds as the high-profile matches.

When the campaign resumes on Boxing Day, Leeds host City and United and welcome Forest, with Newcastle fans facing the longest round trip of 376 miles to Leicester.

Manchester derbies take place on 1 October (at Etihad) and 14 January, and for the third consecutive season Everton host the first Merseyside derby on 3 September with a second leg on 11 February. On October 1, Arsenal will host the first derby in north London, and on January 14 they will visit Tottenham.

City will travel to Brentford this weekend, Liverpool to Southampton, Tottenham to visit Leeds and Chelsea to host Newcastle.

All three teams promoted are relegated on the final day: Forest to Palace, Bournemouth to Everton from where they were relegated in 2020 despite a 3-1 win, and Fulham goes to Old Trafford.

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