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Thursday 20 June 2013

Opening fixtures: Man City look for eighth straight win over Newcastle

We look at the head-to-head records for the opening fixtures in the 2013/14 Premier League season

  • Yaya Toure scored in Man City's crucial win over Newcastle as they won the 2011/12 title

  • Gilberto scored a late equaliser in Arsenal's last opening fixture against Aston Villa in 2006

  • Chelsea won 2-1 against Hull on the opening match in 2009, thanks to Drogba's winner

  • Tottenham's last Premier League visit to Crystal Palace was a 3-0 loss in January 2005

  • Stoke gained four points from Liverpool last season, including a 3-1 win at the Britannia

  • Norwich beat Everton at Carrow Road last season, thanks to Grant Holt's winner

  • Stephane Sessgnon (left) scored in both of Sunderland's matches with Fulham last season

  • Manchester United celebrated winning the 2012/13 title against Swansea at Old Trafford

  • West Brom won both matches against Southampton in the 2012/13 campaign

  • Cardiff beat West Ham 1-0 on the opening day of the 2011/12 Championship season

With the announcement of the fixtures for the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League season, takes a closer look at the opening round of matches, which starts on Saturday 17 August 2013.

Here is how those teams who have been pitted together on Matchweek 1 of the new season have fared against each other in the past.

Arsenal v Aston Villa

  Arsenal win
Villa win
At Arsenal
At Aston Villa

Previous opening-day results:
19 Aug 2006:
Arsenal (Gilberto) 1-1 Aston Villa (Mellberg)

Two teams who have been ever-present in the Barclays Premier League will begin the season against each other for the second time. Seven years ago, Gilberto Silva's late equaliser gave Arsenal a share of the points against Villa in their first top-flight match at the Emirates Stadium.

Aston Villa will take heart from impressive showings at Arsenal in recent years. They were close to taking a point last season before Santi Cazorla's 85th-minute winner, while they have won twice in their last five Barclays Premier League clashes in the capital against Arsene Wenger's side.

Chelsea v Hull City

  Chelsea win Draw Hull win
At Chelsea 1 1 0
At Hull 1 1 0
Overall 2 2 0

Previous opening day results:
15 Aug 2009:
Chelsea (Drogba 2) 2-1 Hull City (Hunt)

Newly promoted Hull City will be looking to spoil Jose Mourinho's return to Chelsea with an opening-day victory at Stamford Bridge. This is the second time in three Barclays Premier League seasons that Hull have started their campaign against Chelsea. Last time they pushed Chelsea close, with Didier Drogba striking an added-time winner, who went on to win the 2009/10 title under Carlo Ancelotti.

Chelsea boast the joint-best win percentage of all current Premier League teams in opening fixtures, while they have also accumulated the most points in opening matches of any top-flight side since 1992.

Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur

  Palace win Draw Spurs win
At Palace 1 1 2
At Spurs 1 3 0
Overall 2 4 2

Ian Holloway's Championship play-off winners entertain Tottenham Hotspur in their first match in the top flight after an eight-year absence.

The Eagles have been relegated in all four of their previous Barclays Premier League campaigns but their record against Spurs will give the South Londoners plenty of encouragement. Spurs have yet to register a home Barclays Premier League victory over Crystal Palace, while Palace have won once and drawn once in four home matches against Spurs since 1992.

Liverpool v Stoke City

  Liverpool win Draw Stoke win
At Liverpool 2 3 0
At Stoke 0 2 3
Overall 2 5 3

Liverpool will be looking for their first Barclays Premier League victory over Stoke City since February 2011. The two sides have drawn 0-0 in their last two league meetings at Anfield, and have shared a total of three goalless draws on Merseyside, but the Reds are unbeaten in the Premier League against Stoke at Anfield.

Stoke, now under manager Mark Hughes, have been a thorn in Liverpool's side at the Britannia Stadium since promotion to the top flight in 2008. They are unbeaten against them at home in the Barclays Premier League and a double from Jonathan Walters helped them to a 3-1 victory on Boxing Day in 2012.

Manchester City v Newcastle United

  City win Draw Newcastle win
At Man City 9 4 1
At Newcastle 6 2 6
Overall 15 6 7

Manchester City will be looking for their eighth consecutive Barclays Premier League victory over Newcastle United on 17 August. City's winning streak stretches back to January 2009, while they are unbeaten against Newcastle in the top flight since September 2005.

The hosts, who will be under the guidance of new manager Manuel Pellegrini this term, beat Alan Pardew's Newcastle 4-0 in the corresponding fixture last season.

Norwich City v Everton

  Norwich win Draw Everton win
At Norwich 2 3 1
At Everton 2 2 2
Overall 4 5 3

Norwich City are unbeaten against Everton since their return to the top flight in the 2011/12 campaign, winning one and drawing three of their last four meetings.

Everton's last victory over the Canaries at Carrow Road came in October 2004, with Duncan Ferguson netting the winner in a 3-2 victory.

As well as beating the Blues twice at home, Norwich won their first two visits to Goodison Park in the Barclays Premier League. Their biggest victory over the Toffees to date came when Efan Ekoku scored four goals in a 5-1 away victory in September 1993.

Sunderland v Fulham

  Sunderland win Draw Fulham win
At Sunderland 2 5 2
At Fulham 2 2 5
Overall 4 7 7

Sunderland enjoyed a good record against Fulham last season, earning four points, with Stephane Sessegnon among the scorers in a draw at the Stadium of Light and a 3-1 victory at Craven Cottage.

Since Fulham were promoted in 2001, they have a superior record over the Black Cats, with seven victories to Sunderland's four. Three of their last four clashes at the Stadium of Light have been draws, so this could be a tight affair.

Swansea City v Manchester United

  Swansea win Draw Man Utd win
At Swansea 0 1 1
At Man Utd 0 0 2
Overall 0 1 3

The defending Barclays Premier League champions begin by facing the team who were their final home opponents of the previous campaign. Swansea City watched on as the Red Devils celebrated winning the title after a 2-1 win at Old Trafford.

With David Moyes at the helm, United will look to extend their unbeaten record against Swansea in the Barclays Premier League. The two teams have met four times since Swansea's promotion to the top flight in 2011. Swansea came from behind to draw 1-1 at the Liberty Stadium last season, while a goal from Javier Hernandez was all that separated the sides in a 1-0 triumph for United in November 2011.

West Bromwich Albion v Southampton

  West Brom win Draw Saints win
At West Brom 2 1 0
At Saints 1 1 1
Overall 3 2 1

West Bromwich Albion and Southampton will be looking for an upturn in fortunes for their opening match at The Hawthorns. The two sides have the lowest win percentages in opening matches of any sides currently in the top flight, with one win apiece. It is the Baggies who have enjoyed the better run of recent form in head-to-head clashes between these two clubs with a double over Southampton last season.

Chelsea loanee Romelu Lukaku inspired West Brom to a 3-0 away victory over Southampton in April, after a 2-0 win over the same opposition in November 2012.

Saints' first Barclays Premier League win against West Brom came in March 2003, courtesy of a long-range strike from James Beattie.

West Ham United v Cardiff City

  West Ham win Draw Cardiff win
At West Ham 0 0 0
At Cardiff 0 0 0
Overall 0 0 0

Newly promoted Cardiff City will play their first Barclays Premier League match at the Boleyn Ground. The two sides met four times in the Championship in the 2011/12 season, as the Hammers evenutally went up via the play-offs. The Bluebirds started that season with a 1-0 victory at West Ham, but it was Sam Allardyce's charges who emerged triumphant with victory in the Welsh capital and in both play-off semi-finals.

Cardiff are hoping to become the third club out of the current crop of 20 to win their first Barclays Premier League match. Only Hull and Norwich City have earned three points in their debuts in the competition.

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Key Points

  • looks at the head-to-head records of the opening round of fixtures for the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League season
  • Ever-present Premier League clubs Arsenal and Aston Villa face each other for the 22nd time in the competition
  • Man City are hoping to earn their eighth consecutive Premier League victory over Newcastle United