Norwich City land Everton in 2013/14 Premier League opener at Carrow Road
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Norwich City will host Everton on the opening day of the 2013/14 Premier League season on Saturday, August 17.
Chris Hughton's men welcome new Toffees' boss Roberto Martinez's Blues to Carrow Road in City's first opening day top flight home game since they returned to the Premier League in 2011.
The Canaries claimed four points from their two games against Everton under David Moyes' leadership last season, with a priceless February 2-1 home win secured by Grant Holt's stoppage time winner a key moment in their successful survival mission. City shared the spoils against Martinez's Wigan outfit with a home league win apiece. Norwich are scheduled to finish their Premier League season against Arsenal at Carrow Road on May 11.
In other Premier League opening day fixtures, champions Manchester United will start the 2013/14 season at League Cup winners Swansea. Moyes takes his team to south Wales on August 17, before the returning Jose Mourinho's Chelsea visit Old Trafford the following weekend. A match at Liverpool follows for United on August 31.
Mourinho's men kick off the campaign with a match against newly-promoted Hull at Stamford Bridge, while there are also home games for fellow Champions League hopefuls Manchester City and Arsenal.
Manuel Pellegrini's reign as City boss starts with a home match against Newcastle, who confirmed Joe Kinnear as their director of football yesterday. Arsenal are at home to Aston Villa.
The north-London clash is the start of a testing opening to the season for Villa, who have a home match against Liverpool and a trip to Chelsea in the following two games.
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Crystal Palace's first game back in the top flight is against Tottenham at Selhurst Park. Cardiff - Championship winners last season - start their campaign at West Ham then have home games against Manchester City and Everton.
Everton's Merseyside rivals Liverpool start with a home game against Mark Hughes' Stoke. Elsewhere, Paolo Di Canio's Sunderland start with a home match against Fulham, while West Brom face Southampton at the Hawthorns. Hull's fans will relish their festive programme, with Manchester United heading to the KC Stadium on Boxing Day, while Manchester City against Liverpool is another tasty-looking December 26 encounter.
The season wraps up on May 11, with three of the expected title chasers finishing on the road. Chelsea head to Cardiff, Manchester United go to Southampton and Manchester City at home to West Ham.
• Norwich City's full 2013/14 Premier League fixture
SAT 17 AUG Everton h
SAT 24 AUG Hull City a
SAT 31 AUG Southampton h
SAT 14 SEP Tottenham Hotspur a
SAT 21 SEP Aston Villa h
SAT 28 SEP Stoke City a
SAT 05 OCT Chelsea h
SAT 19 OCT Arsenal a
SAT 26 OCT Cardiff City h
SAT 02 NOV Manchester City a
SAT 09 NOV West Ham United h
SAT 23 NOV Newcastle United a
SAT 30 NOV Crystal Palace h
TUE 03 DEC Liverpool a
SAT 07 DEC West Bromwich Albion a
SAT 14 DEC Swansea City h
SAT 21 DEC Sunderland a
THU 26 DEC Fulham h
SAT 28 DEC Manchester United h
WED 01 JAN Crystal Palace a
SAT 11 JAN Everton a
SAT 18 JAN Hull City h
TUE 28 JAN Newcastle United h
SAT 01 FEB Cardiff City a
SAT 08 FEB Manchester City h
TUE 11 FEB West Ham United a
SAT 22 FEB Tottenham Hotspur h
SAT 01 MAR Aston Villa a
SAT 08 MAR Stoke City h
SAT 15 MAR Southampton a
SAT 22 MAR Sunderland h
SAT 29 MAR Swansea City a
SAT 05 APR West Bromwich Albion h
SAT 12 APR Fulham a
SAT 19 APR Liverpool h
SAT 26 APR Manchester United a
SAT 03 MAY Chelsea a
SUN 11 MAY Arsenal h
All fixtures subject to change
• Former Norwich City stalwart Darren Eadie will also join our sports writers to give his reaction to the fixtures in a Mustard TV special on Wednesday lunchtime and don't miss our special four-page pull-out on Thursday with the Canaries' full Premier League guide.