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Liverpool face Norwich in Premier League opener, Man Utd tackle Leeds

Champions Manchester City will open their title defence away to Tottenham, while Liverpool travel to new boys Norwich and Manchester United take on Leeds at Old Trafford as the fixtures for the 2021/22 Premier League season were announced.

Pep Guardiola’s side will once again be the side to beat after they collected a third title in four years under the Spanish tactician. And he will hope to get off to a winning start when they face currently-managerless Spurs.

They will face strong competition once again from previous winners Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp’s side meekly surrendered their title last season after they buckled under the strain of a serious injury crisis. However, with Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Jordan Henderson back fighting fit, the Merseysiders will surely pose a solid threat again.

They open up their campaign against Norwich, who secured promotion back to the top tier at the first time of asking

Manchester United, meanwhile, will look to go one better than their second-placed finish last time out. Standing in their way in the opener are Roses rivals Leeds. Memories of last season’s 6-2 thumping will come flooding back.

Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea, who won the Champions League last season, will begin their campaign against Crystal Palace

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal are away to London rivals and Premier League debutants Brentford.

Full Premier League opening day fixtures

Fellow new boys Watford are up against Aston Villa, while Burnley host Brighton and Everton tackle Southampton.

The full opening day fixtures in the Premier League are:

Brentford v Arsenal

Burnley v Brighton

Chelsea v Crystal Palace

Everton v Southampton

Leicester v Wolves

Manchester United v Leeds

Newcastle v West Ham

Norwich v Liverpool

Tottenham v Manchester City

Watford v Aston Villa

The new season begins on the weekend of Saturday August 14.

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