The Premier League fixtures we can’t wait for, including north London, Manchester and Merseyside derbies


Admit it, you will be disappointed if there isn’t at least one red card and a minimum of four goals in these mouthwatering matches

Finally, we can start planning our weekends around our favourite games.

The Premier League have been revealed and sniffed out the most exciting ones immediately.

These are some of the biggest matches we can’t wait to see.

Liverpool v Man United: 15 December and 23 February

They are 30 miles apart and really don’t like each other as a city, which is said to stem from the construction of the Manchester Ship Canal in the 19th Century to bypass Liverpool’s financial control over imports and exports. It has been a deep hatred ever since, with the two cites’ clubs enjoying a period of dominance in England with some very influential managers.

The north London derby is always action packed

The north London derby is always action packed

Tottenham v Arsenal: 1 December and 2 March

The resurgence of Tottenham is the major factor behind reigniting an age-old rivalry that stretches back to when Arsenal moved from south to north London in 1913. Arsenal used to be able to celebrate St Totteringham’s Day amid a lack of actual trophies – the day when Spurs can no longer mathematically finish above them – but even that is now dead.

Man United v Man City: 10 November and 16 March

A friendly camaraderie before the Second World War, then it turned ugly in the 1970s. It has been amped up since the blue half of Manchester won the Abu Dhabi lottery and notable moments from recent years include City’s 6-1 embarrassment of United at Old Trafford, Michael Owen scoring a stoppage time winner in a 4-3 classic, and Wayne Rooney’s overhead kick in 2011. It’s a much hyped game and rightly so, especially with Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho in the dugout.

The Manchester derby is always a bit fiery

The Manchester derby is always a bit fiery

Liverpool v Everton: 1 December and 2 March

Famous for Fire and friendliness – England’s oldest top-flight derby is usually full of red cards and goals. Loud and –at times –mutually respectful fans (witness the Hillsborough solidarity). To some, it may not be the most important derby in the north-west, but there is still plenty of bite in the Merseyside fixture.

There’s nothing friendly about Merseyside derbies

There’s nothing friendly about Merseyside derbies

Liverpool v Man City: 6 October and 1 January

For, this is really just going to be an intriguing game because of last season. The Reds were the team that ruined City’s unbeaten run in the Premier League by beating them 4-3 in January and Jurgen Klopp then had the nerve to dump Pep and co. out of the Champions League.  The champions will be gunning for revenge.

Chelsea v Tottenham: 24 November and 27 February

Like the north London derby, this rivalry is pretty historic and after Arsenal, Chelsea are the team many Tottenham fans would like to beat most. The two sides contested the 1967 FA Cup final, which Tottenham, boasting former Chelsea youngsters Terry Venables and Jimmy Greaves in their side, won. In recent years, Spurs reached the 2002 League Cup final at their rivals’ expense and also beat them in the 2008 final. Chelsea claimed victory in the 2015 edition and also took pride in denying them a place in the Champions League by winning the European Cup in 2012. A resurgence in recent years has helped stop White Hart Lane being referred to as ‘three point lane’, beginning with Tottenham’s 2-1 win in 2006 that ended a 16-year run without a league win against the Blues.

Liverpool v Chelsea: 29 September and 13 April

Liverpool, and every other fan, used to remind Chelsea they had no history, owing to their lack of memories and trophies pre-Roman Abramovich. Then the Russian oil money poured in and the old Blues fans as well the new ones drawn by the success of the club, can claim otherwise. There has been plenty of fiery moments since, including three Champions League semi-finals and the defection of Fernando Torres to London in 2011. They just wind each other up.

Chelsea and Liverpool is a very modern rivalry

Chelsea and Liverpool is a very modern rivalry

Cardiff v Wolves: 1 December and 2 March

They were vying for the Championship title last season, with Wolves winning it in the end, but in between there was the spat between managers Nuno Espirito Santo and Neil Warnock (of course there was). The Yorkshireman labelled his opposite number a ‘disgrace’ following Cardiff’s 1-0 loss to Wolves in April after Espirito-Santo raced onto the pitch at full-time to celebrate and ignoring the post-match handshake in the process.

Watford v Everton: 8 December and 9 February

We could call this one the Marco Silva match. Everton supremo Farhad Moshiri had wanted the Portuguese to succeed Ronald Koeman at Goodison Park in October, but Watford rejected their Premier League rival’s advances and any potential compensation. Watford then sacked Silva in January, blaming an “unwarranted approach” from another club for a loss of focus and downturn in results. Should be a good one.

Brighton v Crystal Palace: 4 December and 9 March

The two clubs are almost 50 miles apart and the deep loathing between them has existed for only 40 or so years, yet the hostility has never been diluted. To supporters there is a very real hatred even if it does leave outsiders scratching their heads. Animosity is normally credited to the 1970s when Terry Venables was in charge of Palace and Alan Mullery at Brighton; both of whom were rivals from their playing days at Tottenham.

To Palace and Brighton fans, the rivalry is very real

To Palace and Brighton fans, the rivalry is very real

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