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Champions Manchester City to kick off Premier League season at West Ham

Premier League champiuons Manchester City. Photograph:( Reuters )

Reuters London, London, Great Britain (UK) Jun 13, 2019, 02.12 PM (IST)

Champions Manchester City will kick off their 2019-20 Premier League season with an away trip to West Ham United while Liverpool get the ball rolling with a Friday evening home clash against promoted Norwich City.

The fixtures, released at 0800 GMT on Thursday, also included a meaty first-weekend clash with Manchester United hosting Chelsea.

Tottenham Hotspur host Aston Villa, who returned to the top flight via the playoffs after a three-season absence.

Arsenal travel to Newcastle United while Sheffield United, the other promoted club, start at Bournemouth.

Leicester City host Wolverhampton Wanderers, Burnley face Southampton, Crystal Palace host Everton and FA Cup runners-up Watford are at home to Brighton and Hove Albion.

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The upcoming top-flight season will be the first to include a brief mid-season break.

A set of fixtures will be spread over a two-week period in February, meaning all clubs get a week off.