It’s only been a few weeks since the 2022/23 Premier League campaign ended but the journey to the 2023/24 season has already started with the release of the fixture list.
For the third season in a row Manchester City will enter the campaign as defending champions, this time looking to make history. While three consecutive titles has previously been achieved in the English top flight, no men’s team has won the title four years in a row, and Pep Guardiola’s side are the early favourites to do just that.
The 2023/24 campaign will start on the weekend of 11th August, with fixtures split across four days with TV schedules already confirmed for that gameweek — the rest will be announced as the season goes on. The season will end on 19 May 2024, of course a Sunday when all matches will kick off at the same time.
We only have to wait until October for the first meeting between last season’s top two as Arsenal host Man City on the weekend of 7 October, while the return fixture comes on the final weekend of March. March also starts with the second Manchester Derby of the season, at the Etihad, with Man Utd hosting Man City at the end of October.
Man City first host Liverpool in late November, with the return fixture also in March which is turning out to be a terrible month for Guardiola. In December, Liverpool host Man Utd, while they travel to Old Trafford in April.
And for those keeping track of the reunions, Mauricio Pochettino takes his Chelsea to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium at the start of November, before hosting his former club in February — should he last that long.
2023/24 Premier League opening day fixtures
Of course, the first thing that catches people’s eyes are where their teams will be starting the season. Before the fixture list was officially announced there were some leaks purporting to show the opening round, but there were obviously various versions — Liverpool, for example, were playing either Luton or Chelsea depending on who you believed. In the end it is actually Chelsea who host Liverpool on the opening weekend, and the Blues have won 20 and drawn six of their 31 previous season openers — while the Reds are unbeaten in their last 10 opening weekend fixtures.
The season starts on Friday 11th August with a reunion as Championship winners Burnley host reigning Premier League champions Manchester City, pitting Vincent Kompany against his former club and manager Pep Guardiola. The reigning top-flight champions have lost their opening match in three of the last seven seasons (winning four), having gone unbeaten in 26 consecutive seasons between 1990/91 and 2015/16 before this run.
Sheffield United are also at home amongst the newly-promoted sides, hosting Crystal Palace on the Saturday. Luton, who are favourites to go down, travel to Brighton.
Elsewhere, runners-up Arsenal host Nottingham Forest ending a run of three consecutive London derbies to open the campaign, while Newcastle take on Aston Villa and Tottenham travel to Brentford. The opening weekend comes to an end with Manchester United hosting Wolves at Old Trafford.
Friday 11 August 2023
- Burnley vs Man City (8pm UK time)
Saturday 12 August 2023
- Arsenal v Nottingham Forest (12:30pm UK time)
- Bournemouth v West Ham (3pm UK time)
- Brighton v Luton Town (3pm UK time)
- Everton v Fulham (3pm UK time)
- Sheffield United v Crystal Palace (3pm UK time)
- Newcastle v Aston Villa (5:30pm UK time)
Sunday 13 August 2023
- Brentford v Tottenham (2pm UK time)
- Chelsea v Liverpool (4:30pm UK time)
Monday 14 August 2023
- Man Utd v Wolves (8pm UK time)
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2023/24 Premier League Boxing Day fixtures
On top of the first and last days, the round of fixtures that always catches the most attention is that of Boxing Day. Football on Boxing Day is a tradition in England and some fans will plan their Christmases around where their team are playing. Usually, the Premier League tries to keep travelling as minimal as possible given the obvious disruptions to public transport, so Boxing Day is often where we see a large number of derbies — or across the few days after Christmas with TV schedules and so on.
This year there are two London derbies on Boxing Day with Arsenal hosting West Ham and Crystal Palace travelling to Chelsea, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few long journeys. Spare a thought for Luton fans who will have to make their way up to Sheffield United over the Christmas period, or Nottingham Forest going up to Newcastle.
Tuesday 26 December 2023
- Bournemouth v Fulham
- Arsenal v West Ham
- Brentford v Wolves
- Brighton v Tottenham
- Burnley v Liverpool
- Chelsea v Crystal Palace
- Everton v Man City
- Man Utd v Aston Villa
- Newcastle v Nottingham Forest
- Sheffield United v Luton Town
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2023/24 Premier League final day fixtures
And, of course, the final day of the season. In 2022/23 we went into the final day with two relegation spots still to be confirmed and the neutral always hopes for some kind of drama to ramp up the multiscreen action. It’s rare you get any massive clashes on the final day, unless there is a surprise package, so it’s also a time for fans to see if they could be lifting the trophy at home or away if the title race goes down to the wire.
Man City fans hoping this season ends with a fourth league title in a row will be happy to see they finish the campaign at home to West Ham, meaning any trophy lift would be in front of their own fans — with the same going for Arsenal and Liverpool. Man Utd end the campaign with a tricky trip away to Brighton, while Luton host Fulham hoping safety will already be secured.
19 May 2024
- Arsenal v Everton (4pm UK time)
- Brentford v Newcastle (4pm UK time)
- Brighton v Man Utd (4pm UK time)
- Burnley v Nottingham Forest (4pm UK time)
- Chelsea v Bournemouth (4pm UK time)
- Crystal Palace v Aston Villa (4pm UK time)
- Liverpool v Wolves (4pm UK time)
- Luton Town v Fulham (4pm UK time)
- Man City v West Ham (4pm UK time)
- Sheffield United v Tottenham (4pm UK time)
How fans reacted to the fixtures
As the fixture list was released, there was naturally a lot of reaction from fans on Twitter, most of it negative about how their teams have been given tough schedules. Chelsea fans appeared to be the most unhappy with their opener…
Chelsea vs Liverpool as our opening game of the season after the season we just had pic.twitter.com/sFQHHynbB5
— Elvis Tunde (@Tunnykvng) June 15, 2023
— Goodnews Akpiri (@akpiri_goodnews) June 15, 2023
Chelsea against Liverpool on the first day of the season??
— Ndung’u (@mkurugenz1) June 15, 2023
Man City fans had some thoughts about their March which will see them take on Man Utd, Liverpool, Brighton and Arsenal…
March is crazy ???
— Thicc_Chungus (@Thicc_Chungus17) June 15, 2023
March is gonna be a hell of a ride lol ?
— ??????????? (@RicoRole19) June 15, 2023
— ¹⁷ (@KdbEnthusiasm) June 15, 2023
Ok so March is gonna be fun
— Daniel Cheeseman (@Dan_Cheeseman) June 15, 2023
But Arsenal fans are happy with out some things have worked out…
Certainly a mixed bag but an interesting quirk of the fixture list means Arsenal are at home after all six Champions League group stage games:
Man City (H)
Sheff Utd (H)
— Mark Mann-Bryans (@MarkyMBryans) June 15, 2023
by u/ComprehensiveBowl476 from discussion Certainly a mixed bag but an interesting quirk of the fixture list means Arsenal are at home after all six Champions League group stage games: Spurs (H) Man City (H) Sheff Utd (H) Burnley (H) Wolves (H) Brighton (H)
by u/amainwingman from discussion Certainly a mixed bag but an interesting quirk of the fixture list means Arsenal are at home after all six Champions League group stage games: Spurs (H) Man City (H) Sheff Utd (H) Burnley (H) Wolves (H) Brighton (H)
Either this repeating again or Guard Of Honor at Old Trafford on May 11th 2024 ????
No other way to it… My Bold Prediction! pic.twitter.com/tLcLDjtP15
— Red Mans (@arsenal_mans) June 15, 2023