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By DAN KARELL
Fans of the English Premier League can officially begin the countdown to the start of the season.
The league released their full-season fixture list on Wednesday, which includes a whole host of mouth-watering matchups in the first month of the season, beginning with a ten-game slate on Saturday, August 16. Defending EPL champions Manchester City face Liverpool at home and Arsenal away in the first four weeks, along with Tim Howard’s Everton hosting Arsenal and Jozy Altidore’s Sunderland hosting Manchester United.
Geoff Cameron and Stoke City will host Aston Villa to open the season but have a road date with Man City in just the third week of the season.
Louis Van Gaal’s first match as Man United manager will be at home against Swansea and he’ll have a relatively easy first four weeks of the season. In week five, Man United host Chelsea, in one of the early season’s must-see matches.
Other games of note during the season include Arsenal vs. Tottenham (9/27), Liverpool vs. Everton (9/27), Man City vs. Man United (11/1), and Chelsea vs. Liverpool (5/9).
After traversing through a difficult Boxing Day and New Years schedule, teams will wind down the season, with the final week extending all the way to May 24.
Here’s a closer look at the first month of this season’s schedule:
August 16, 2014
Arsenal v Crystal Palace
Burnley v Chelsea
Leicester City v Everton
Liverpool v Southampton
Manchester United v Swansea City
Newcastle United v Manchester City
Queens Park Rangers v Hull City
Stoke City v Aston Villa
West Bromwich Albion v Sunderland
West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur
August 23, 2014
Aston Villa v Newcastle United
Chelsea v Leicester City
Crystal Palace v West Ham United
Everton v Arsenal
Hull City v Stoke City
Manchester City v Liverpool
Southampton v West Bromwich Albion
Sunderland v Manchester United
Swansea City v Burnley
Tottenham Hotspur v Queens Park Rangers
August 30, 2014
Aston Villa v Hull City
Burnley v Manchester United
Everton v Chelsea
Leicester City v Arsenal
Manchester City v Stoke City
Newcastle United v Crystal Palace
Queens Park Rangers v Sunderland
Swansea City v West Bromwich Albion
Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool
West Ham United v Southampton
September 13, 2014
Arsenal v Manchester City
Chelsea v Swansea City
Crystal Palace v Burnley
Hull City v West Ham United
Liverpool v Aston Villa
Manchester United v Queens Park Rangers
Southampton v Newcastle United
Stoke City v Leicester City
Sunderland v Tottenham Hotspur
West Bromwich Albion v Everton
What do you think of the upcoming season’s schedule? Which matches are you most looking forward to? Do you see Man City winning their second straight title?
Share your thoughts below.