12 best Premier League games to watch for 2019-20 season

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Following Thursday morning’s announcement, the Premier League fixtures for the upcoming 2019-20 campaign have been revealed. 

Defending champions Manchester City begin their title defence at West Ham on August 10, while Championship play-off winners Aston Villa travel to Tottenham that same day on their Premier League return.

But what about the season as a whole? Sportsmail reviews the fixture list to determine the standout fixtures…

The Premier League starts with a bang as Manchester United host Chelsea at Old Trafford. Both teams will have aspirations on winning the title and victory will be a statement of intent. A defeat will already put the losers on the back-foot – especially considering the points difference both were behind Manchester City and Liverpool last season.

Fans don’t have to wait long for the first north London derby – with this highly-charged affair just three weeks into the season. Having missed out on a place in the top four last year to Tottenham by a point, and seeing them reach the Champions League final as well, Arsenal will be desperate to usurp their fiercest rivals.

Speaking of rivalry, the most successful clubs in England go to head-to-head in October as Manchester United host Liverpool. In the corresponding fixture last season it ended 0-0 as injuries dominated.

With no West Bromwich Albion or Birmingham City in the Premier League, for those in the Midlands Wolves versus Aston Villa is a fixture that will most certainly be ringed on the calendar. While Villa have been traditionally the bigger club, Wolves are currently excelling. Expectations of Wolves will be higher this season after their brilliant seventh-placed finish, while Villa will be looking to avoid relegation.

The bragging rights have certainly been with the blue half of Manchester for the last two campaigns – as evidenced by their back-to-back titles. United were the inferior team both home and away last season and will want to rectify that in the first Manchester derby of the season.

A festive treat for supporters as Manchester United host Newcastle on Boxing Day. Traditionally these games throw up drama and history. Seven years ago on Boxing Day, United came back from behind to win 4-3 in the final minute, thanks to a Javier Hernandez strike. Last season’s match was full of drama as well as United came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 in October courtesy of an injury time Alexis Sanchez header.

The festive season treats continue with Arsenal hosting Chelsea just two days later. It will be the first meeting between the two sides since their Europa League final in May – which Chelsea won 4-1. Expect the away fans to constantly remind Arsenal of that victory which also denied them a Champions League spot.

The ushering in of 2020 begins with a mouthwatering affair as Arsenal and Manchester United clash at the Emirates. The two initial heavyweights of the Premier League era will be hoping they can start the New Year in the right way. Arsenal won the league encounter last year there, but United dumped them out of the FA Cup with goalscorer Jesse Lingard moonwalking in celebration.

‘The Siren’ will be ringing around Goodison Park on March 14 when Everton host their bitter rivals Liverpool in the second Merseyside derby of the season. While Liverpool claimed the Champions League, Evertonians take great delight in stopping them from winning the title. Liverpool lost the league by one point to Manchester City – with their 0-0 draw against Everton the last time they dropped points.

A potential pivotal game in the title race comes in April as Manchester City host Liverpool. With not much between the two teams this result could go a long way to deciding who hold aloft the trophy come May.

Liverpool’s final three games of the season are daunting. On May 2 they travel to Arsenal before a week later they host Chelsea. In recent years these games have had a bearing on the title race – with flashbacks to Demba Ba’s goal and that infamous Steven Gerrard slip in 2014 immediately springing to mind. Last term, Liverpool won 2-0 in a convincing manner – with Mohamed Salah’s rocket the pick of the goals.

After playing Arsenal and then Chelsea, Liverpool’s final game of the season sees them travel to St. James’ Park to face Newcastle. The corresponding fixture was full of drama last season as Divock Origi proved Liverpool’s late matchwinner. With the title race going down to the final game of last season, this could prove a banana skin for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

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