- Premier League to start on August 11
- Manchester United and Chelsea have relatively easier fixtures
Manchester City will kickoff their Premier League title defence against Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, August 11.
The Citizens clinched their clinched their fifth English topflight title in style after setting a new record of 100 points in a single EPL season.
However, despite winning the trophy last term in an unprecedented way, their manager, City are not resting on their oars as they battle the Gunners in the season opener in front of their home fans on match day one.
Meanwhile, the north Londoners new manager Unai Emery will have to step up his game in a bid to beat Pep Guardiola for the first time having met Pep Guardiola 10 times in his managerial career.
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager has recorded six victories, and four draws in their past meetings over the former Paris Saint Germain tactician.
A win for the Guardiola in this game will further extend his dominance over the new Arsenal boss, while a win for Emery will birth a fresh air for the 46-year-old.
Both managers won the league for their respective clubs last term, but Emery is new in the Premier League and will have some adjustments to do in his new challenge.
West Ham United new boss Manuel Pellegrini will be hoping to break winless run at Anfield in their curtain raiser against Liverpool.
The Chilean tactician recently returned to the English topflight after quitting his position as the head coach of Chinese Super League side Hebei China Fortune.
He spent two years in China before being signing a fresh contract with the Hammers, and the club will be counting on his experience to help them succeed next season.
Before leaving Manchester City in 2016, he spent three years at the club and won the Premier League for them once – in the 2013-14 season.
Pellegrini’s last three visits to Anfield resulted in defeats - 02/03/16: Liverpool 3-0 Man City 01/03/15: Liverpool 2-1 Man City 13/04/14: Liverpool 3-2 Man City.
Newcastle United play host to Tottenham Hotspur at the St James Park on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.
This will be the fourth time both teams will be meeting on the opening day of the competition, as they are hold the highest paring on the opening day.
Manchester City kick off the defence of their title against Arsenal.
The fixture is expected to be a great test for new Arsenal coach Unai Emery as his side face the champions who only lost two games last season with 100 points Manchester United will entertain 2015/16 champions Leicester at Old Trafford on the opening day of the new campaign on August 11.
Last season's beaten Champions League finalists Liverpool welcome West Ham and their new manager Manuel Pellegrini to Anfield in their own first game of the season.
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