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Everton first!

Posted on 17 June 2011  - 12:00

We will kick-off our 2011-12 Barclays Premier League campaign at home to Everton.

Everton first!

We will kick-off our 2011-12 Barclays Premier League campaign at home to Everton.

We are scheduled to take on the Toffees at the Lane on Saturday, August 13.

Remember, this is very much a provisional fixture list and all fixtures are subject to change.

Our second match sees us travel to Old Trafford, home of champions Manchester United, scheduled for Saturday, August 20 and a mouth-watering first fortnight continues with Manchester City at the Lane, scheduled for Saturday, August 27.

To cap a fascinating first six weeks of the campaign, we also face Liverpool (September 17) and our first north London derby against Arsenal (October 1) at the Lane!

KEY DATES

After facing United, City and Arsenal so early in the season, the return matches are at the Emirates scheduled for February 25, City at Eastlands on January 21 and United at the Lane on March 3.

We first face Chelsea at the Lane on December 20 and are scheduled to go to Stamford Bridge on March 24.

PROMOTED TEAMS

Our first match against one of the promoted teams is scheduled for October 29 when QPR travel to the Lane.

We then face back-to-back matches against Norwich and Swansea over the Christmas and New Year period - Canaries at Carrow Road on Boxing Day, Swans at the Liberty Stadium on New Year's Eve.

We travel to QPR on April 21 with Norwich at the Lane on April 9 and Swansea at home on March 31.

FIXTURES CHANGES - EUROPA LEAGUE

Please also note that our Europa League involvement (as these are mainly Thursday night games) will see our Barclays Premier League matches being moved from Saturday to Sunday as we progress.

We enter the Europa League at the play-off stage in August.

The first leg of our play-off is on Thursday, August 18 with the second leg scheduled for Thursday, August 25.

The draw for the Europa League play-offs is Friday, August 5.

Our Europa League involvement means we are also exempt from the second round of the Carling Cup and enter that competition in the third round. The third round is scheduled for the midweek of September 20/21.

FIXTURES CHANGES - TV

Sky Sports and ESPN will make their first live selections soon, although those potential changes will not be announced until July.

FA CUP FINAL

Premier League matches on this date will not clash with the FA Cup Final and may accordingly move to a different kick-off time on the Saturday or to the Sunday. A further announcement will be made closer to the date.

Please also note that our Europa League Cup involvement (as these are mainly Thursday night games) will see league games being moved from Saturday to Sunday as we progress.

Our Europa League involvement means we are also exempt from the second round of the Carling Cup and enter that competition in the third round.