Premier League fixtures 2019/20 opening weekend: Liverpool and City look to continue strong records

The new season’s Premier League fixtures point to last season’s title rivals Manchester City and Liverpool continuing their strong opening-day records.

City have started their season with a win for the last eight years in succession while the Reds have won five of their last six.

And with West Ham and Norwich respectively awaiting them, there appears little resistance this time around.

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The Hammers have lost on day one for the last three seasons, including back-to-back 4-0 defeats at Manchester United and Liverpool, while City have won 4-0, 4-1 and 4-0 away to the Hammers in the last three seasons.

Sergio Aguero has the most opening-day goals in the Premier League among the competition’s active players, with six. He has not netted in any of those three wins at the London Stadium but did score there in January 2017’s 5-0 FA Cup win.


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West Ham’s run of poor starts is mitigated by their opponents – after Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea, United and Liverpool, the visit of City sees them complete the full set of “big six” opponents in successive seasons.

The only blemish on Liverpool’s recent record is the stoppage-time equaliser they conceded to Watford in their 2017 opener, and they face a Canaries side with only two wins on opening day in the last 20 years.

The opening weekend’s marquee fixture sees Manchester United host Chelsea on Sunday, August 11, with both teams enjoying strong records.

United have won their last four opening-day fixtures and eight out of 10, while Chelsea have only lost once on opening day in the last 20 years – although that came the season before last against Burnley.

Watford have the longest unbeaten run among current top-flight clubs at 12 games, though eight of those came as a Championship club and the run is evenly split between draws and wins.

Last season’s 2-0 win over Brighton was their first on opening day since returning to the top flight and the Hornets have the same fixture this time around.

Arsenal have lost three of their last four opening fixtures but face a Newcastle side who are winless in six, with the Magpies’ only point coming courtesy of 2015’s 2-2 draw with Southampton.


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2/101 100. Graeme Le Saux

3/101 99. Cesar Azpilicueta

4/101 98. Fernandinho

5/101 97. James Milner

6/101 96. Joe Cole

7/101 95. Juninho

8/101 94. Marcel Desailly

9/101 93. Arjen Robben

10/101 92. Robbie Keane

11/101 91. Chris Sutton

12/101 90. Sami Hyypia

13/101 89. Edin Dzeko

14/101 88. Lee Dixon

15/101 87. Nani

16/101 86. Peter Beardsley

17/101 85. Fredrik Ljungberg

18/101 84. Emmanuel Petit

19/101 83. Patrice Evra

20/101 82. Jay Jay Okocha

21/101 81. Steve McManaman

22/101 80. Branislav Ivanovic

23/101 79. Gary Speed

24/101 78. William Gallas

25/101 77. Mesut Ozil

26/101 76. Gilberto Silva

27/101 75. Jamie Carragher

28/101 74. Paul Ince

29/101 73. Les Ferdinand

30/101 72. Raheem Sterling

31/101 71. Mark Hughes

32/101 70. Gary Pallister

33/101 69. Jurgen Klinsmann

34/101 68. Ricardo Carvalho

35/101 67. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

36/101 66. David Ginola

37/101 65. Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink

38/101 64. Diego Costa

39/101 63. Ledley King

40/101 62. Michael Essien

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43/101 59. Kevin de Bruyne

44/101 58. David Seaman

45/101 57. Luka Modric

46/101 56. Dennis Irwin

47/101 55. Gary Neville

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49/101 53. Paolo Di Canio

50/101 52. Edwin Van Der Sar

51/101 51. Dimitar Berbatov

52/101 50. Steve Bruce

53/101 49. Nicolas Anelka

54/101 48. Dwight Yorke

55/101 47. Jaap Stam

56/101 46. Claude Makelele

57/101 45. Teddy Sheringham

58/101 44. Michael Carrick

59/101 43. Ian Wright

60/101 42. Robbie Fowler

61/101 41. Carlos Tevez

62/101 40. David de Gea

63/101 39. Sol Campbell

64/101 38. Tony Adams

65/101 37. Robert Pires

66/101 36. N’Golo Kante

67/101 35. Matthew Le Tissier

68/101 34. Harry Kane

69/101 33. Luis Suarez

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73/101 29. Yaya Toure

74/101 28. Michael Owen

75/101 27. Robin van Persie

76/101 26. Gareth Bale

77/101 25. Andy Cole

78/101 24. Vincent Kompany

79/101 23. Eden Hazard

80/101 22. Ruud van Nistelrooy

81/101 21. David Beckham

82/101 20. Peter Schmeichel

83/101 19. Nemanja Vidic

84/101 18. Didier Drogba

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3/101 99. Cesar Azpilicueta

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6/101 96. Joe Cole

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8/101 94. Marcel Desailly

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12/101 90. Sami Hyypia

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21/101 81. Steve McManaman

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28/101 74. Paul Ince

29/101 73. Les Ferdinand

30/101 72. Raheem Sterling

31/101 71. Mark Hughes

32/101 70. Gary Pallister

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34/101 68. Ricardo Carvalho

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79/101 23. Eden Hazard

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90/101 12. Paul Scholes

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92/101 10. Sergio Aguero

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95/101 7. Alan Shearer

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100/101 2. Cristiano Ronaldo

101/101 1. Thierry Henry

Tottenham will look to build on back-to-back opening wins when they face promoted Aston Villa, who have only one defeat in their last six curtain-raisers. Harry Kane broke his August duck last season but has still never scored in the first game.

Southampton have started with a draw four years in a row, against Newcastle, Watford, Swansea and Burnley, and the Clarets have another chance to end that run this year.

Everton are unbeaten in seven, though with only two wins, and face a Crystal Palace side who have begun with a defeat in six of their last eight campaigns.

Wolves, unbeaten in six opening games, face a Leicester side who have lost three in a row while Bournemouth, with two wins in their last five openers, host Sheffield United who have won only one out of five.

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