The Premier League has announced the fixtures for the 2007/2008 season, and there’s plenty of mouthwatering matches to look forward to. On opening day, August 11, the most appealing match is Manchester United v Reading. New boys Sunderland will play home against Spurs, while Derby County plays Portsmouth at home, and Birmingham City tackle Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.Looking at the final day of the season, May 11, interesting matchups include Tottenham v Liverpool and Chelsea v Bolton.As far as the massive matches that most neutral fans look ahead to, here’s when they will be played: Chelsea v Manchester United: At Stamford Bridge (April 26); At Old Trafford (September 22)Chelsea v Liverpool: At Anfield (August 18); At Stamford Bridge (February 9)Liverpool v Manchester United: At Old Trafford (March 22); At Anfield (December 15)Arsenal v Chelsea: At Emirates Stadium (December 15); At Stamford Bridge (March 22)Arsenal v Man United: At Emirates Stadium (November 3); At Old Trafford (April 12)Liverpool v Arsenal: At Anfield (October 27); At Emirates Stadium (April 5).Two of the biggest weekends of the season will undoubtedly be August 18 and December 15. On the August 18th weekend, which is quite early in the season for big clashes, Liverpool takes on Chelsea at Anfield while Man United play the Manchester derby against City. On the weekend of December 15th, Arsenal takes on Chelsea at the Emirates while Liverpool plays Manchester United at Old Trafford.For the complete list of Premier Leagues, go here.In the meantime, here are three very fascinating articles about the Premier Leagues fixtures:
- Soccer Shout joins the crusade to petition the Premier League to allow web sites to post football fixtures for free instead of paying $50,000 for the rights;
- The Times newspaper has a very interesting article about the man who’s behind the creation of the football fixtures and how early in the season he begins the work.
- Lastly, if you’re curious about the logic that goes into creating the football fixtures, here’s a must-read article from the Premier League web site.