Premier League fixture's leave Moyes with a tough start and a monstrous March for all.
By Oliver Wilson
Hull City have been handed an unfavorable first match in their return to England’s top flight as Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea travel North to meet the Premier League’s new boys on the opening day of the season.
Mourinho, though, may be more worried about his opponents seven days later as his side travel to Old Trafford to face a new look Manchester United under the leadership of David Moyes.
The reigning Premier League Champions have a tough start to their title defence with a difficult away fixture at Swansea before the visit of the West Londoners. A tough away fixture at Anfield will see Moyes taking on his former club's cross town rivals Liverpool in his third game of the season, while the visit of Crystal Palace sits in between that fixture and the first Manchester derby of the season, as United travel to the Etihad to take on Manchester City on the scheduled date of September 21st.
Arsene Wenger has again been given a comfortable start to the season with his Arsenal side facing Aston Villa (home) and Fulham (away) before meeting Andre Villas Boas’s Tottenham side in the first North London derby of the year. After the clash with Spurs, Gunners will have almost three months before facing ‘top six’ opposition again with games against Sunderland, Stoke, Swansea, West Brom, Norwich and Crystal Palace all arriving before the visit of Liverpool in early November.
The month of March could prove to be the most eventful month in the race for the league title and Champions League positions, as spring of 2014 brings a feast of footballing delights to celebrate the end of the tough winter period.
Manchester United and Manchester City square off at Old Trafford on the first weekend of the month before the arrival of Liverpool two weeks later. Arsenal meet Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham in what could be a decisive month for the London club, while Spurs will have to add second London derby to the month when they meet Chelsea at Stamford Bridge before wrapping up their tough spell with an away fixture against Liverpool.
The final days of the season for the Premier League’s elite see Manchester United take on Southampton at St Mary’s - a place where only a late Robin van Persie hat-trick saved the title winners from near defeat last year – Manchester City meet West Ham on home soil, Chelsea travel to Wales to face Cardiff, Arsenal go to Carrow Road to take on Norwich, Tottenham welcome Aston Villa to White Hart Lane, Liverpool meet the current crisis club Newcastle at home and Everton will finish their season against Hull City.
For the full list of fixtures check out your clubs page on football.com or click the following links. Arsenal, Aston Villa Cardiff City, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Fulham, Hull City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Norwich City, Southampton, Stoke City, Sunderland, Swansea City, Tottenham Hotspur, West Bromwich Albion, West Ham United.