Premier League 2019/20 fixtures: Ten of the best opening weekend clashes ever, including Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester United

13-06-2019 10:06

The 2019/20 Premier League fixtures were announced on Thursday as the countdown to the opening game of the season officially begins on August 9.

The first match of the campaign sees Liverpool face Norwich at Anfield – a clash which has the potential to be very competitive.

Jurgen Klopp’s men kick off their bid to win a first Premier League title with a home match against Norwich

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Jurgen Klopp will want his Champions League winning side to get off to the perfect start but could find it difficult against a compatriot.

Fellow German Daniel Farke is in charge of the Canaries and doing an impressive job with a young and talented squad, so a victory for the Reds isn’t a certainty.

Previous years have also thrown up some memorable openers and below you can read about some of the best ones here.

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1992: Sheffield United 2-1 Manchester United

This game was not a classic in the same manner as some below but it did feature the first Premier League goal.

Brian Deane scored it, then won it for the hosts from the spot after Mark Hughes had levelled.

Deane made history by scoring the first ever Premier League goal

Fortunes quickly changed though. The Blades were relegated a season later but returned for one more campaign in 2006 and are back again for 2019/20.

1994: Sheffield Wednesday 3-4 Tottenham Hotspur

This launched what was meant to be a continental new era for Spurs, with Jurgen Klinsmann leading the line after a move from Monaco.

He delivered too, scoring and performing one of the Premier League’s most memorable celebrations – a dive to live up to his reputation.

Everyone has tried Klinsmann’s celebration at least once!

Despite the German’s 21 goals, Spurs could only finish the season seventh having sacked club legend Osvaldo Ardiles and replaced him with Gerry Francis.

1996: Middlesbrough 3-3 Liverpool

It was shirts over your head time at the Riverside as Fabrizio Ravanelli marked his Boro debut with a hat-trick.

The White Feather took on Liverpool’s Spice Boys and nearly came out on top but at the end of the season, despite the Italian’s 16 goals, Boro went down.

It was a debut to remember for Ravanelli

1996: Wimbledon 0-3 Manchester United

David Beckham’s majestic lob from his own half triggered one of the English game’s most celebrated and high-profile careers.

Beckham was a well-established prospect before he caught Neil Sullivan napping – but this goal certainly helped him make a name for himself.

Becks’ goals and celebration remains an iconic Premier League moment to this day

2013: Arsenal 1-3 Aston Villa

Boos rang out for Arsene Wenger as Arsenal kicked off the season with an embarrassing home defeat.

Christian Benteke scored twice for Villa, with Antonio Luna adding the other, and the loss had such an impact that the normally cautious Wenger went into the transfer market and splashed out on Mesut Ozil.

Arsenal recovered, topped the table for some time and also won the FA Cup.

One Arsenal fan had a very clear message for Wenger and the board – days later they signed Ozil

2014: Burnley 1-3 Chelsea

After a season of transition in Jose Mourinho’s first one back, this was Chelsea’s chance to show they were ready for a title tilt – and they were.

After trailing to a Scott Arfield goal, Diego Costa equalised, Cesc Fabregas brilliantly assisted for Andre Schurrle and Branislav Ivanovic got a third.

The Blues went top and stayed there until the end of the campaign.

Chelsea would go on and win the title at a canter in 2014/15

2016: Hull 2-1 Leicester City

Leicester became the first reigning Premier League champions to lose their opening game.

Newly-promoted Hull suffered a chaotic summer, losing boss Steve Bruce and seeing fans protest at the Allam family ownership of the club – but they won this one with goals from Adama Diomande and Robert Snodgrass, either side of Riyad Mahrez’s penalty.

Leicester got their title defence off to a losing start

2016: Arsenal 3-4 Liverpool

The hosts took the lead through Theo Walcott, who recovered from seeing a penalty saved by Simon Mignolet to score just 69 seconds later.

However, Jurgen Klopp’s side stormed back as Philippe Coutinho (2), Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane put them 4-1 ahead, before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Calum Chambers set up an exciting finish to a thrilling game.

Mane scored the pick of the goals which gave Liverpool a 4-1 lead

2017: Arsenal 4-3 Leicester City

The night started perfectly for Arsenal as new signing Alexandre Lacazette marked his league debut with a goal after just 94 seconds, only for Shinji Okazaki to level three minutes later.

Jamie Vardy then capitalised on poor defending to twice put the Foxes ahead either side of Danny Welbeck’s equaliser.

However Aaron Ramsey levelled, then fellow substitute Olivier Giroud’s 85th-minute goal settled a breathless encounter in Arsenal’s favour.

Giroud was the match-winner in a pulsating match at the Emirates Stadium

2017: Watford 3-3 Liverpool

Stefano Okaka gave Watford an eighth-minute lead, with Abdoulaye Doucoure re-establishing their lead shortly after Sadio Mane had equalised.

Roberto Firmino levelled from the penalty spot after debutant Mohamed Salah was fouled, with the Egypt international then poking Liverpool ahead – only for Miguel Britos to equalise from what appeared to be an offside position and give Marco Silva a positive first outing as Watford boss.

Salah scored his first competitive goal for Liverpool but it wasn’t enough to give them the three points