WE will not have to wait long until the first big-six clash of the new 2019/20 Premier League season – as Manchester United host Chelsea on the opening weekend.
The mammoth game at Old Trafford is one of FOUR matches between last season’s top six in August.
And it has already, unsurprisingly, been selected for TV coverage on Sunday August 11.
The following weekend Premier League champions Manchester City host Tottenham and the week after that sees Liverpool host Arsenal.
And the month concludes with the first North London derby of the season as the Gunners take on Spurs at the Emirates.
There are two big-six meetings in September as Chelsea welcome Liverpool to Stamford Bridge and Manchester United take on Arsenal as both sides desperately try to break back into the top four and the Champions League.
Liverpool are then involved in the next three crunch ties with a visit to Old Trafford followed by games at home to Tottenham and then Manchester City as they look to continue their unbeaten record at Anfield.
City then host Chelsea and United host Spurs and then December 7 sees the first Manchester derby.
Arsenal took on Pep Guardiola’s City at the Emirates on the opening day last season but that fixture is on December 14 this year.
Chelsea face the toughest Christmas of the big six as they travel to North London twice within a week, firstly to play Tottenham and then Arsenal.
The new year kicks off with a bang as Arsenal host Manchester United before Liverpool’s season could be defined by their tough January facing Spurs and United in successive weekends.
Chelsea vs Arsenal is always an entertaining affair so fans will be pencilling January 22 into their diaries.
Tottenham will be looking to repeat their exploits from the Champions League when they take on Manchester City at home on February 1, a week before Chelsea host United in a repeat of the opening weekend.
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Mauricio Pochettino then takes his side to Stamford Bridge before things get very interesting for City.
The Etihad club have been slapped with a tough spring as they take on Arsenal (H, February 29), Manchester United (A, March 7), Chelsea (A, March 21) and Liverpool (H, April 4).
Those fixtures may not only help decide where the Premier League trophy ends up come May but also whether or not the Champions League heads to the blue half of Manchester for the first time as the fixtures coincide with the knockout stages in Europe.
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Spurs vs Manchester United is on March 14 before the second North London derby takes place on April 25.
Liverpool face a nightmare run-in as they will be looking to wrap up a maiden Premier League triumph.
They will be involved in the final two big-six matches of the 2019/20 season, travelling to the Emirates on May 2 and then hosting Chelsea the following week, on the penultimate matchweek of the campaign.