Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Champs Begin Defence on the Road

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Champs Begin Defence on the Road

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DAVID Moyes will start his Premier League reign at Manchester United with a trip to League Cup winners Swansea.

The former Everton boss takes his new team to south Wales on August 17, the opening day of the new top flight campaign before the returning Jose Mourinho's Chelsea visit Old Trafford the following weekend.

A match at Liverpool follows for United on August 31.

Mourinho kicks off his second stint at Chelsea with a match against newly-promoted Hull at Stamford Bridge, while there are also home games for fellow Champions League hopefuls Manchester City and Arsenal.

Manuel Pellegrini's reign as City boss starts with a home match against Newcastle, who confirmed Joe Kinnear as their director of football yesterday. Arsenal are at home to Aston Villa.

The north London clash is the start of a testing opening to the season for Villa, who have a home match against Liverpool and a trip to Chelsea in the following two games.

Crystal Palace's first game back in the top flight is against Spurs at Selhurst Park while Cardiff - Championship winners last season - start their campaign at West Ham then have home games against Manchester City and Everton. …

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