Van Gaal starts Manchester United stint against Monk’s Swans
Louis van Gaal’s first match in charge of Manchester United will be a home game against Swansea City – a reverse of the opening competitive match played under predecessor David Moyes – after the football fixtures for the 2014/15 season were announced.
The Red Devils are equal third-favourites in Coral’s title race betting at 11/2 with bitter northwest rivals Liverpool, who also begin at home to a Southampton side under new boss Ronald Koeman.
Manchester City, 2/1 shots to retain the Premier League trophy, start away at Newcastle in a reverse of their opening fixture from 2013/14.
Chelsea are 7/4 favourites to win the title and Jose Mourinho could give Cesc Fabregas a Blues debut at Burnley, who are odds-on for relegation.
FA Cup winners Arsenal, an 11/1 chance to build on that trophy success by topping the Premier League, are at home to last season’s surprise package Crystal Palace.
QPR, who made an immediate return to the top-flight and a 13/8 chance to go down again, tackle a side with European commitments in 2014/15 Hull City.
Championship winners Leicester City, 11/5 to be relegated, begin by hosting Everton. Two other teams under new management, West Brom (Alan Irvine) and Spurs (Mauricio Pochettino) have a home game with Sunderland and a London derby at West Ham respectively.
A Midlands encounter between Stoke City and Aston Villa completes the opening day fixtures, which are scheduled to take place over the weekend of August 16th and 17th.
Key dates in the 2014/15 Premier League title race
August 23rd: Man City v Liverpool
August 30th: Everton v Chelsea, Spurs v Liverpool
September 20th: Man City v Chelsea
September 27th: Arsenal v Spurs, Liverpool v Everton
October 4th: Chelsea v Arsenal, Man Utd v Everton
October 18th: Man City v Spurs
October 25th: Man Utd v Chelsea
November 1st: Man City v Man Utd
November 8th: Liverpool v Chelsea
November 22nd: Arsenal v Man Utd
November 29th: Spurs v Everton
December 3rd: Chelsea v Spurs
December 6th: Man City v Everton
December 13th: Man Utd v Liverpool
December 20th: Liverpool v Arsenal
December 28th: Spurs v Man Utd
January 1st: Spurs v Chelsea
January 10th: Everton v Man City
January 17th: Man City v Arsenal
January 31st: Chelsea v Man City
February 7th: Everton v Liverpool, Spurs v Arsenal
February 10th: Liverpool v Spurs
February 11th: Chelsea v Everton
February 28th: Liverpool v Man City
March 14th: Man Utd v Spurs
March 21st: Liverpool v Man Utd
April 4th: Arsenal v Liverpool
April 11th: Man Utd v Man City
April 18th: Chelsea v Man Utd
April 25th: Arsenal v Chelsea, Everton v Man Utd
May 2nd: Spurs v Man City
May 9th: Chelsea v Liverpool
May 16th: Man Utd v Arsenal
May 24th: Everton v Spurs
Please note all fixtures are subject to change.