EPL 2014 Schedule Announced: Manchester United Play Swansea in August 16 Opener

Updated: 27 June 2014 12:03 IST

While United will hope to get their pride back, Chelsea face Burnley, Arsenal take on Crystal Palace, Liverpool play Southampton and defending champions Manchester City will fight Newcastle United on  the first official day of EPL 2014-15. 

EPL 2014 Schedule Announced: Manchester United Play Swansea in August 16 Opener
Dutch coach Louis van Gaal will lead Manchester United in the EPL 2014 season. He is seen here with Robin van Persie during Netherlands' FIFA World Cup match against Spain. (Image credit: AFP)

London: Louis van Gaal will get a taste of English Premier League action for the first time when he leads out Manchester United against Swansea at Old Trafford on August 16 - the opening day of the 2014/15 season.

The Premier League fixtures released on Wednesday ironically threw up the same opponents for United that David Moyes faced last August at the start of his ill-fated time in charge of the club.

This time, however, Dutchman van Gaal will have the added advantage of a home fixture to kick off with.

Currently on World Cup duty with the Netherlands in Brazil, van Gaal will switch his focus to club football as soon as the Dutch end their campaign there.

He is charged with reviving fortunes at United after a disappointing seventh place finish last season, with Moyes sacked even before the end of the campaign.

Following the Swansea game, United travel to Sunderland and Burnley, before a home game against newly-promoted QPR.

City rivals and defending champions Manchester City, meanwhile, will open up with a tough trip to Newcastle.

Manuel Pellegrini's men, who won the league by two points from Liverpool, travel to St James' Park before facing Brendan Rodgers' men at home the following weekend.

The first Manchester derby of the season is scheduled for November 1 at the Etihad Stadium, with the reverse slated for April 11.

Liverpool start with a home game against Southampton - Ronald Koeman's first game in charge - while Chelsea, who finished third in 2013-14, travel to Burnley.

Championship-winning Leicester face a difficult start. A home match against Everton is followed by games against Chelsea and Arsenal.

The Gunners start at home to Crystal Palace, while north London rivals Tottenham - with new manager Mauricio Pochettino at the helm - face West Ham at Upton Park.

Alan Irvine's first Premier League match as West Brom manager is a home contest against Sunderland, who secured Premier League survival thanks to a stirring revival under the leadership of Gus Poyet.

Harry Redknapp's QPR - promoted after a play-off final win - host Hull on day one. The other match pairs Stoke and Aston Villa at the Britannia Stadium.

Opening day fixtures (all matches 1500 local time and are subject to change):

Arsenal vs Crystal Palace

Burnley vs Chelsea

Leicester City vs Everton

Liverpool vs Southampton

Manchester United vs Swansea City

Newcastle United vs Manchester City

Queens Park Rangers vs Hull City

Stoke City vs Aston Villa

West Bromwich Albion vs Sunderland

West Ham United vs Tottenham Hotspur.



Topics : Football English Premier League Manchester United Swansea City
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