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Tuesday 18 June 2013

Premier League champions still undefeated in season openers

Before release of 2013/14 Barclays Premier League fixtures, we look at past opening day stats

Hull beat Fulham on the opening day of the 2008/2009 Barclays Premier League season

Ahead of the release of the the fixtures for the new Barclays Premier League season on Wednesday morning, we take a trip down memory lane to look at the key results from every Premier League campaign.

Take a look to see how the defending champions, the team who would win the League title that season as well as the promoted clubs got on while at the bottom of the page, there is also a table showing how the current top-flight teams have performed on the opening day. Web users can click on the results to find out more about the matches.

In short, the defending Barclays Premier League champions have never opened the defence of the title with a loss and only on three out of 21 opening days of the season, have they avoided defeat.

However, the team that has gone on to win the title has not had it their own way on the first weekend, with 12 victories from the 21 matches. The League winners of that season have also recorded six draws and three losses.

You can share your memories of great opening weekends in the Barclays Premier League by going to Facebook.com/premierleague or by using #BPLkickoff on Twitter.

1992/93

Defending champions: Leeds United - Won
League winners that season: Manchester United - Lost
Promoted clubs: Ipswich Town - Drew; Middlesbrough - Lost; Blackburn Rovers - Drew

1993/94

Defending/League champions: Manchester United - Won
Promoted clubs: Newcastle United - Lost; West Ham United - Lost; Swindon Town - Lost

1994/95

Defending champions: Manchester United - Won
League winners: Blackburn Rovers - Drew
Promoted clubs: Crystal Palace - Lost; Nottingham Forest - Lost; Leicester City - Lost

1995/96

Defending champions: Blackburn Rovers - Won
League winners: Manchester United - Lost
Promoted clubs: Middlesbrough - Drew; Bolton Wanderers - Lost

1996/97

Defending/League champions: Manchester United - Won
Promoted clubs: Sunderland - Drew; Derby County - Drew; Leicester City - Drew

1997/98

Defending champions: Manchester United - Won
League winners: Arsenal - Drew
Promoted clubs: Bolton Wanderers - Won; Barnsley - Lost; Crystal Palace - Won

1998/99

Defending champions: Arsenal - Won
League winners: Manchester United - Drew
Promoted clubs: Nottingham Forest - Lost; Middlesbrough - Drew; Charlton Athletic - Drew

1999/00

Defending/League champions: Manchester United - Drew
Promoted clubs: Sunderland - Lost; Bradford City - Won; Watford - Lost

2000/01

Defending/League champions: Manchester United - Won
Promoted clubs: Charlton Athletic - Won; Manchester City - Lost, Ipswich Town - Lost

2001/02

Defending champions: Manchester United - Won
League winners: Arsenal - Won
Promoted clubs: Fulham - Lost; Blackburn Rovers - Lost; Bolton Wanderers - Won

2002/03

Defending champions: Arsenal - Won
League winners: Manchester United - Won
Promoted clubs: Manchester City - Lost; West Bromwich Albion - Lost; Birmingham City - Lost

2003/04

Defending champions: Manchester United - Won
League winners: Arsenal - Won
Promoted clubs: Portsmouth - Won; Leicester City - Drew; Wolverhampton Wanderers - Lost

2004/05

Defending champions: Arsenal - Won
League winners: Chelsea - Won
Promoted clubs: Norwich City - Drew; West Bromwich Albion - Drew; Crystal Palace - Drew

2005/06

Defending/League champions: Chelsea - Won
Promoted clubs: Sunderland - Lost; Wigan Athletic - Lost; West Ham United - Won

2006/07

Defending champions: Chelsea - Won
League winners: Manchester United - Won
Promoted clubs: Reading - Won; Sheffield United - Drew; Watford - Lost

2007/08

Defending/League champions: Manchester United - Drew
Promoted clubs: Sunderland - Won; Birmingham City- Lost; Derby County - Drew

2008/09

Defending/League champions: Manchester United - Drew
Promoted clubs: West Bromwich Albion - Lost; Stoke City - Lost; Hull City - Won

2009/10

Defending champions: Manchester United - Won
League winners: Chelsea - Won
Promoted clubs: Wolverhampton Wanderers- Lost; Birmingham City - Lost; Burnley - Lost

2010/11

Defending champions: Chelsea - Won
League winners: Manchester United - Won
Promoted clubs: Newcastle United- Lost; West Bromwich Albion - Lost; Blackpool - Won

2011/12

Defending champions: Manchester United - Won
League winners: Manchester City - Won
Promoted clubs: Queens Park Rangers - Lost, Norwich City - Drew, Swansea City - Lost

2012/13

Defending champions: Manchester City - Won
League winners: Manchester United - Lost
Promoted clubs: Reading - Drew; Southampton - Lost; West Ham United - Won


How the Premier League clubs have faired on opening day

  Played Won Lost Drawn Win %
Arsenal 21 12 3 6 57
A Villa 21 6 8 7 29
Cardiff - - - - -
Chelsea 21 13 3 5 62
C Palace
4 1 1 2 25
Everton 21 6 9 6 29
Fulham 12 4 4 4 33
Hull City 2 1 1 0 50
Liverpool 21 10 4 7 48
Man City
15 5 5 5 33
Man Utd
21 13 4 4 62
Newcastle 19 7 6 6 37
Norwich 6 1 3 2 17
Southampton 14 1 7 6 7
Stoke City
5 1 2 2 20
Sunderland 12 4 3 5 33
Swansea 2 1 1 0 50
Tottenham 21 6 9 6 29
West Brom
7 1 4 2 14
West Ham
17 8 7 2 47

 

To find out the full fixture list for the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League season, visit www.premierleague.com from 0900 BST on Wednesday 19 June.

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Key Points

  • Ahead of the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League fixture list being released, we look at opening weekends down the years
  • Find out how the defending champions, title winners and the promoted team got on in every season of the Barclays Premier League
  • The fixtures for the new Barclays Premier League season will be unveiled at 0900 BST on 19 June