By: Mathew Williams-
The Premier League administration has disclosed the opening-day schedule for the upcoming 2023/2024 season.
Manchester City, aiming to secure a record-breaking fourth consecutive Premier League title, will commence their campaign with an away match against Burnley, led by their former captain Vincent Kompany.
The fixture list, released on Thursday, confirmed that the Treble winners will visit Turf Moor on August 11 to kickstart the 2023/24 season.
This encounter will mark the second time Kompany, who clinched the title four times as City’s skipper, faces his former team as a manager. In their previous meeting during the FA Cup quarter-finals in March, City emerged victorious with a resounding 6-0 win at the Etihad. Pep Guardiola’s side, having secured the Premier League, Champions League, and FA Cup titles in the 2022/23 season, aims to become the first English team to claim four consecutive top-flight championships.
Manchester City has dominated the Premier League in recent years, winning the title in five out of the last six seasons.
Arsenal, who finished second in the Premier League, will commence their season with a home match against Nottingham Forest. Meanwhile, Newcastle, another Champions League qualifier, will host Aston Villa, and Manchester United will kick off their season against Wolves at Old Trafford.
Tottenham, under the guidance of Ange Postecoglou, will play their first game away against Brentford.
Bournemouth will host West Ham, winners of the Europa Conference League, while Everton, hoping to avoid their third consecutive relegation battle, will begin their season at home against Fulham.
Manchester City will face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in early October, after finishing five points clear of the Gunners last season. Later in the month, Old Trafford will witness the first Manchester derby since City matched United’s historic Treble-winning achievement in 1999. The champions will also clash with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in late November.
The schedule for the 2023/24 season returns to its regular format following the interruption caused by the World Cup in Qatar during the previous campaign. Additionally, a mid-season break will occur in mid-January, with the 10 fixtures divided across two weekends.