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Premier League 2014/15 Fixtures Released

Premier League 2014/15 Fixtures Released

It’s the moment that all football fan has been waiting for. Nothing says that the new season is fast approaching better than the release of the season’s fixtures! Taking a team by team breakdown, we’ll look through each teams opening and closing six fixtures of the upcoming season, and see whether the fixture gods have been kind or harsh.

Note: Fixture dates below are as released on Wednesday 18th June, and are subject to change due to TV viewing.

Arsenal

Arsene Wenger will have mixed emotions looking at his first six games of the new season. With the Gunners traditionally being a little slow to get up and go on the opening day (last season’s 3-1 home defeat to Aston Villa a good example here), he would be foolish to consider that 3 points are a guarantee against a reborn Crystal Palace side under Tony Pulis.

He should also beware of a trip to last season’s Championship champions Leicester, back in the big time for the first time in ten years under experienced manager Nigel Pearson. And he probably won’t be thankful for an away day to Everton so early on, who last season beat them 3-0 at Goodison Park.

Home ties against Manchester City and local rivals Spurs, will test Arsenal’s hunger for silverware having finally got themselves a taste of it by winning the F.A Cup last season.

As for the final six fixtures, Arsenal will be aware that ties against Chelsea and Manchester United could be potential title deciders if they are still in the hunt going into the final five games. The remaining four fixtures surrounding those two crunch games could provide them with some momentum going into those.

First 6
16.08 Crystal Palace (h)
23.08 Everton (a)
30.08 Leicester (a)
13.09 Manchester City (h)
20.09 Aston Villa (a)
27.09 Tottenham (h)

Final 6
18.04 Sunderland (h)
25.04 Chelsea (h)
02.05 Hull (a)
09.05 Swansea (h)
16.05 Manchester United (a)
24.05 West Brom (h)

Aston Villa

Villa boss Paul Lambert will be hoping his team can make the most of their first three games of the season, including two home matches against Newcastle and Hull. An opening day trip to Stoke will be tricky, but what’s trickier as he will know is the following three ties against Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea. Maybe it will be a blessing in disguise to get two very tough away days out of the way early?

He will certainly be happy to see only one top team in his final six. If Villa are within reaching distance of the relegation zone come the end of the season, wins against any of the remaining five (four of which are at home) should ensure them top flight status for another season.

First 6
16.08 Stoke (a)
23.08 Newcastle (h)
30.08 Hull (h)
13.09 Liverpool (a)
20.09 Arsenal (h)
27.09 Chelsea (a)

Final 6
18.04 QPR (h)
25.04 Manchester City (a)
02.05 Everton (h)
09.05 West Ham (h)
16.05 Southampton (a)
24.05 Burnley (h)

Burnley

Burnley fans and the team no doubt will be excited to see the return of such names as Chelsea and Manchester United onto their fixture list, and will no doubt flock to Turf Moor in their thousands to see their local heroes host Chelsea and Manchester United for their first two home matches of the season. Perhaps their better chances of points in their first 6 lie with Sunderland at home, and West Brom away.

As for their final six, only a trip to Everton can really been seen as a nasty surprise. The rest, if Burnley are fighting down the wrong end of the table, will be targeted by Sean Dyche as winnable games to retain their top flight status for another season.

First 6
16.08 Chelsea (h)
23.08 Swansea (a)
30.08 Manchester United (h)
13.09 Crystal Palace (a)
20.09 Sunderland (h)
27.09 West Brom (a)

Final 6
18.04 Everton (a)
25.04 Leicester (h)
02.05 West Ham (a)
09.05 Hull (a)
16.05 Stoke (h)
24.05 Aston Villa (a)

Chelsea

Jose Mourinho will just like Arsene Wenger be aware of new blood in their opening day fixture. Fans will expect nothing less than routs away at Burnley and at home to Leicester to send signals intent to their title rivals. Away days at Everton and Manchester City could be potential slip up points.

Chelsea’s final six games will really show what they are made of. Worthy champions will have to dispose of the threats posed by Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool, and make the most of their home advantage in two of those games. A repeat of Sunderland at Stamford Bridge last season would not be tolerated this time around, especially on the final day of the season.

First 6
16.08 Burnley (a)
23.08 Leicester (h)
30.08 Everton (a)
13.09 Swansea (h)
20.09 Manchester City (a)
27.09 Aston Villa (h)

Final 6
18.04 Manchester United (h)
25.04 Arsenal (a)
02.05 Crystal Palace (h)
09.05 Liverpool (h)
16.05 West Brom (a)
24.05 Sunderland (h)

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace fans will be excited going into the new season. There were perhaps times last season under Ian Holloway where they didn’t think an opening game away at Arsenal was a realistic thought. But since their rejuvenation under Tony Pulis, the Palace faithful will travel on the opening day full of confidence in their ability to cause an upset. Their first three home games prove good grounding to start the season on a high.

Potential alarm bells could be ringing for their final six games though. If form takes a turn for the worse, three of their final four matches against some of the best players in the world does not make good reading. Wins over West Brom and Hull at home before those matches will be vital to give Palace their best possible chance of survival.

First 6
16.08 Arsenal (a)
23.08 West Ham (h)
30.08 Newcastle (a)
13.09 Burnley (h)
20.09 Everton (a)
27.09 Leicester (h)

Final 6
18.04 West Brom (h)
25.04 Hull (h)
02.05 Chelsea (a)
09.05 Manchester United (h)
16.05 Liverpool (a)
24.05 Swansea (h)

Everton

After last season’s positivity, you could forgive Roberto Martinez for not being at all intimidated by seeing Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool at the top end of this fixture list. With the former two being home games, good results could see Everton challenging at the top end of the league once again this season. They will know that Leicester will be more than fired up at the King Power Stadium though on the opening day.

The final six games make nice viewing for Everton. With Manchester United and Spurs both being home games, there is a chance for Everton to find form here and challenge for a European or Champions League spot here. Their final game of the season against Spurs, could well be a play-off for one of those spots.

First 6
16.08 Leicester (a)
23.08 Arsenal (h)
30.08 Chelsea (h)
13.09 West Brom (a)
20.09 Crystal Palance (h)
27.09 Liverpool (a)

Final 6
18.04 Burnley (h)
25.04 Manchester United (h)
02.05 Aston Villa (a)
09.05 Sunderland (h)
16.05 West Ham (a)
24.05 Tottenham (h)

Hull

Steve Bruce’s Hull team have a lot of pride to take from last season’s successes, and will be thankful that their start of the season eases them back into action. It will be important that they balance league priority as well as enjoying a European football campaign, as former teams in similar situations have come to find European football as a distraction from the league, and can tire players out. So Bruce will need to rely on the full compliment of his squad if Hull are to have an equally impressive season to last, especially when their final six fixtures see them host three teams that are fully expected to be in the hunt for the league title, as well as two others that could be scrapping for their lives.

First 6
16.08 QPR (a)
23.08 Stoke (h)
30.08 Aston Villa (a)
13.09 West Ham (h)
20.09 Newcastle (a)
27.09 Manchester City (h)

Final 6
18.04 Liverpool (h)
25.04 Crystal Palace (a)
02.05 Arsenal (h)
09.05 Burnley (h)
16.05 Tottenham (a)
24.05 Manchester United (h)

Leicester

Leicester will be delighted to be drawn a home game for the start of this coming season, especially against the likes of Everton. They can get used to seeing the likes of England internationals Ross Barkley, Leighton Baines, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck as their second and third home games of the season sees the arrival of Arsenal and Manchester United. Even a tough first away day of the season to Chelsea will see more of a ‘bring it on’ attitude, rather than one of fear. Their more realistic chances of points early on perhaps lie against Stoke and Palace, although those away games are never easy as many will tell you.

Mind you, boss Nigel Pearson will be happy to get the bigger names out of the way early on, as his final six fixtures largely consist of what will be expected to be relegation rivals by the time May comes around. Survival perhaps, is in their hands.

First 6
16.08 Everton (h)
23.08 Chelsea (a)
30.08 Arsenal (h)
13.09 Stoke (a)
20.09 Manchester United (h)
27.09 Crystal Palace (a)

Final 6
18.04 Swansea (h)
25.04 Burnley (a)
02.05 Newcastle (h)
09.05 Southampton (h)
16.05 Sunderland (a)
24.05 QPR (h)

Liverpool

The fixture gods have been kind to Liverpool going into August. Away challenges at Manchester City and Spurs, as well as hosting Merseyside rivals Everton early on in the season will test Liverpool’s hunger for the title again having come so close last season. An opening day fixture against Southampton will see an earlier than expected reunion for new signing Rickie Lambert against his former team.

A test against Chelsea late on in the season, could potentially see one of the two ruled out of the title hunt, but Brendan Rodgers’ team will be fully expected to win the other five, as long as the ghosts of Crystal Palace don’t come back to haunt them again!

First 6
16.08 Southampton (h)
23.08 Manchester City (a)
30.08 Tottenham (a)
13.09 Aston Villa (h)
20.09 West Ham (a)
27.09 Everton (h)

Final 6
18.04 Hull (a)
25.04 West Brom (a)
02.05 QPR (h)
09.05 Chelsea (a)
16.05 Crystal Palace (h)
24.05 Stoke (a)

Manchester City

The Premier League champions are tasked with Newcastle at St James’ Park as they begin their title defence. They will have to find winning form quickly if they are to be successful in their quest, and make the most of their home ground advantage to survive the challenges of Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea inside the first six games of the season.

Manuel Pelligrini’s men ave a fairly routine finish to the season, although Spurs and Southampton on their day are fully capable of putting a spanner in the works and blowing the title race wide open. City fans will remember how difficult QPR were to brush aside late in the season not long ago.

First 6
16.08 Newcastle (a)
23.08 Liverpool (h)
30.08 Stoke (h)
13.09 Arsenal (a)
20.09 Chelsea (h)
27.09 Hull (a)

Final 6
18.04 West Ham (h)
25.04 Aston Villa (h)
02.05 Tottenham (a)
09.05 QPR (h)
16.05 Swansea (a)
24.05 Southampton (h)

Manchester United

Louis van Gaal will perhaps be thankful that his opening fixtures suggest that he will be ‘eased’ into Premier League action in his debut season. On paper, his team will be expected to achieve great things under his new reign and many will be surprised if it isn’t six wins from six by the time they have played West Ham at Old Trafford on September 27th. Facing all three promoted teams in quick succession though, could be a potential stumbling block for the Dutchman.

As for his and United’s final six, an away day to Chelsea and a home tie to Arsenal on the penultimate weekend of the season could see any team miss out or claim the league title. If it comes down to it, a final day fixture against Hull won’t seem too daunting if points are needed.

First 6
16.08 Swansea (h)
23.08 Sunderland (a)
30.08 Burnley (a)
13.09 QPR (h)
20.09 Leicester (a)
27.09 West Ham (h)

Final 6
18.04 Chelsea (a)
25.04 Everton (a)
02.05 West Brom (h)
09.05 Crystal Palace (a)
16.05 Arsenal (h)
24.05 Hull (a)

Newcastle

Alan Pardew has been given a difficult opening day fixture, entertaining last seasons league champions Manchester City. Once past them though, Newcastle will expected to push on and gain points from their next five games.

Pardew will be expected to spend serious money this summer, so if they are expected to be in the top half again this coming season, Spurs at home will perhaps be their final test of distant European football hopes, before being tested by the likes of Leicester, West Brom and QPR who could possibly be fighting off the threat of relegation. So overall Newcastle can be happy with the look of those fixtures. Their main challenges look as though they will be mid-season.

First 6
16.08 Manchester City (h)
23.08 Aston Villa (a)
30.08 Crystal Palace (h)
13.09 Southampton (a)
20.09 Hull (h)
27.09 Stoke (a)

Final 6
18.04 Tottenham (h)
25.04 Swansea (h)
02.05 Leicester (a)
09.05 West Brom (h)
16.05 QPR (a)
24.05 West Ham (h)

QPR

QPR and ‘arry Redknapp will have mixed feelings about the look of their fixture list. They may have to wait for the riches of the league to arrive at Loftus road, but it’ll be important for them to make the most of home ties against Hull, Sunderland and Stoke in-between difficult away days to Spurs, Manchester United and Southampton.

If QPR are to be in a relegation scrap as most might expect them to be, away days to Liverpool and Manchester City won’t be met with as much enthusiasm as equivalent fixtures at the start, but they have opportunities to gain the points they need to survive through the other four fixtures. An away trip to Leicester on the final day of the season, could be a win or die scenario.

First 6
16.08 Hull (h)
23.08 Tottenham (a)
30.08 Sunderland (h)
13.09 Manchester United (a)
20.09 Stoke (h)
27.09 Southampton (a)

Final 6
18.04 Aston Villa (a)
25.04 West Ham (h)
02.05 Liverpool (a)
09.05 Manchester City (a)
16.05 Newcastle (h)
24.05 Leicester (a)

Southampton

New manager Roland Koeman will be relishing being thrown in at the deep end when his Southampton side travel to the red side of Merseyside on the opening day of the season. The word ‘reunion’ may not necessarily apply to him directly, but his team will know all about the threat that Rickie Lambert poses should he play. There are perfectly achievable home wins in Koeman’s first three games at Saint Mary’s.

Looking to the final six of the season, a final day away day in the blue half of Manchester could be either difficult or an exhibition type affair, depending on whether or not the title race is decided by then. Away days at Stoke, Sunderland and Leicester might look OK for now, but if these teams are battling at the wrong end of the table, these games will become more difficult by the week.

First 6
16.08 Liverpool (a)
23.08 West Brom (h)
30.08 West Ham (a)
13.09 Newcastle (h)
20.09 Swansea (a)
27.09 QPR (h)

Final 6
18.04 Stoke (a)
25.04 Tottenham (h)
02.05 Sunderland (a)
09.05 Leicester (a)
16.05 Aston Villa (h)
24.05 Manchester City (a)

Stoke

Stoke’s top half finish last season will see a call for the same again as they entertain Aston Villa on August 16th. Their first two fixtures give them plenty of time to find form before a tough away day at Manchester City, and the challenge of facing unknown quantities in Leicester and QPR. Mark Hughes should be optimistic of a bright early season though with the way their home fixtures shape up.

By the time May comes around, Hughes will be hoping home games against Spurs and Liverpool late on will be welcome challenges. On the off chance they are battling a relegation fight however, those matches suddenly don’t look as appealing. However, with four home games in their final six, there is plenty of chances to make home advantage count.

First 6
16.08 Aston Villa (h)
23.08 Hull (a)
30.08 Manchester City (a)
13.09 Leicester (h)
20.09 QPR (a)
27.09 Newcastle (h)

Final 6
18.04 Southampton (h)
25.04 Sunderland (h)
02.05 Swansea (a)
09.05 Tottenham (h)
16.05 Burnley (a)
24.05 Liverpool (h)

Sunderland

Sunderland rode their luck last season, somewhat appearing to have given their opponents a ‘head start’ before striking gold on a rich run of form that saved their season. Gus Poyet will be hoping for a much more comfortable ride this time around when he can influence things from the off. West Brom away will be met with a smile, before challenging ties against Manchester United, QPR, Spurs and Burnley that will perhaps define where they realistically see themselves this season.

If they are in trouble again with six games to go, a final day fixture away at Chelsea might perhaps seem placed somewhere between possible and impossible, considering last seasons away day success when requiring a win. Other away trips to Arsenal, Stoke and Everton are to be met with caution.

First 6
16.08 West Brom (a)
23.08 Manchester United (h)
30.08 QPR (a)
13.09 Tottenham (h)
20.09 Burnely (a)
27.09 Swansea (h)

Final 6
18.04 Arsenal (a)
25.04 Stoke (a)
02.05 Southampton (h)
09.05 Everton (a)
16.05 Leicester (h)
24.05 Chelsea (a)

Swansea

Garry Monk will be looking forward to sinking his teeth into his new fixture list, with an opening day trip to Manchester United, which is perhaps made a little more difficult by the hyped up arrival of Louis van Gaal. But despite another difficult away day to Chelsea, Swansea’s remaining opening four games don’t look too bad. Burnley though, will be an unpredictable and lively threat at the Liberty Stadium.

Looking at Swansea’s final six, games against Arsenal and Manchester City will leave Monk hoping that league survival will already have been obtained by the time these games come around. Without European distractions this season, an away day to Palace on the final day shouldn’t have too much riding on it.

First 6
16.08 Manchester United (a)
23.08 Burnley (h)
30.08 West Brom (h)
13.09 Chelsea (a)
20.09 Southampton (h)
27.09 Sunderland (a)

Final 6
18.04 Leicester (a)
25.04 Newcastle (a)
02.05 Stoke (h)
09.05 Arsenal (a)
16.05 Manchester City (h)
24.05 Crystal Palace (a)

Tottenham

Eyes will be on new manager Mauricio Pochettino as his new Spurs side travel to Upton Park on the opening day of the season, before hosting a promoted Championship side in QPR for his first home game. Seeing how they fare against Liverpool and London rivals Arsenal, will see where Spurs are realistically aiming for this season.

Spurs could have a say on where the title ends up this season when they host Manchester City on May 2nd, although of course many a Spurs fan will be hoping that means a swing towards themselves. A final day trip to Goodison Park however, might be a more realistic battle in determining whether Everton or themselves will be playing European football the following year.

First 6
16.08 West Ham (a)
23.08 QPR (h)
30.08 Liverpool (h)
13.09 Sunderland (a)
20.09 West Brom (h)
27.09 Arsenal (a)

Final 6
18.04 Newcastle (a)
25.04 Southampton (a)
02.05 Manchester City (h)
09.05 Stoke (a)
16.05 Hull (h)
24.05 Everton (a)

West Brom

New manager Alan Irvine will be looking to win over the Baggies faithful after his surprise appointment, when he welcomes Gus Poyet’s Sunderland to the Hawthorns on the opening day. He’ll be relieved his toughest challenges early on come in the shape of Everton and Spurs, but his team will be expected to show signs of encouragement when facing the other four.

And those signs of encouragement will need to be full in effect by the time the final six showdown comes around. Games against four title challengers in Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal don’t at first sight give any hope of points if West Brom were caught up in a relegation fight, with away trips to Palace and Newcastle being deemed as last ditch chances to acquire points.

First 6
16.08 Sunderland (h)
23.08 Southampton (a)
30.08 Swansea (a)
13.09 Everton (h)
20.09 Tottenham (a)
27.09 Burnley (h)

Final 6
18.04 Crystal Palace (a)
25.04 Liverpool (h)
02.05 Manchester United (a)
09.05 Newcastle (a)
16.05 Chelsea (h)
24.05 Arsenal (a)

West Ham

And finally, Sam Allardyce’s West Ham. Fans perhaps at stages last season would not have expected Allardyce to still be in the managerial hot seat by the time they entertain Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs at Upton Park on August 16th, but fans can be happy that an early four match stint should be enough time for their team to find some form before facing tougher challenges in Liverpool and Manchester United during late September.

Their final six games look OK too, once an away trip to Manchester City is out of the way. League survival should be ironed out by the time they entertain Everton, although QPR, Burnley and Villa won’t go down without a fight.

First 6
16.08 Tottenham (h)
23.08 Crystal Palace (a)
30.08 Southampton (h)
13.09 Hull (a)
20.09 Liverpool (h)
27.09 Manchester United (a)

Final 6
18.04 Manchester City (a)
25.04 QPR (a)
02.05 Burnley (h)
09.05 Aston Villa (a)
16.05 Everton (h)
24.05 Newcastle (a)

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About Ian Gurney

Keen football writer and film/TV videographer. Norwich City fan and season ticket holder, dabbling in a bit of live football commentary.

One comment

  1. Nice start for Louis Van Gaal at Man United – a lot kinder than Moyes’ had last season anyway!

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