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First round of the title battle: United v Arsenal, Aug 29
The new Premier League season kicks off on August 15 and the first real eye-catching fixture is at Old Trafford a fortnight later when Arsenal visit champions Manchester United for the first twist in the title race.
United manager Alex Ferguson will clash with new Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti at Stamford Bridge on November 7, two weeks after visiting rivals Liverpool at Anfield.
After the all-important Christmas period, the pick of the reverse fixtures see United visiting Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium on January 30 and then hosting last season’s Premier League runners-up Liverpool on March 20.
United’s last match against one of the other members of the leading quartet comes when Chelsea visit Old Trafford* on April 3.
Other dates for the diary:
Oct. 3/May 1: Chelsea v Liverpool
Dec. 12/Feb. 9: Liverpool v Arsenal
Nov. 28/Feb. 6: Arsenal v Chelsea
Nov. 28/Feb. 6: Everton v Liverpool
Oct. 31/Apr. 10: Arsenal v Tottenham
PHOTO: Alex Ferguson lifts the Premier League trophy at Old Trafford. May 16, 2009. REUTERS/Phil Noble
* corrected (see comments below)