Manchester United will start its defence of its Barclays Premier League title with a trip to West Brom.

Sir Alex Ferguson's men are at The Hawthorns on August 13, with its next two games at Old Trafford against Tottenham and Arsenal. The champion rounds off the campaign on May 13 with a match at Sunderland.

Arsenal start with a match at Newcastle - a contest which finished in a 4-4 draw last season - while a testing opening continues with a home game against Liverpool before the trip to Old Trafford.

Chelsea, last season's runner-up, travels to Stoke on the opening day, before taking on West Brom at Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool starts its campaign at home to Sunderland, meaning Reds midfielder Jordan Henderson will get an immediate match against the team he supported and played for, prior to his recent big-money move to Anfield.

The Black Cats' opening home match is against arch-rival Newcastle the following weekend.

Manchester City's first match is at home to Swansea, which made sure of its place in the top flight with a play-off final win over Reading last month.

Wigan provides the first home opposition for Swansea, meaning a return for former boss Roberto Martinez - who left south Wales for the Latics a little more than two years ago.

The Swans has an appealing final-day fixture, with Liverpool visiting The Liberty Stadium on May 13.

Of the other Premier League newcomers, QPR opens with a home match against Bolton, while Norwich travel to Wigan.

Elsewhere on the opening day, Tottenham and Everton meet at White Hart Lane, Fulham and Aston Villa face each other at Craven Cottage, while Blackburn hosts Wolves.

In the league's first major match, Arsenal is at home to Liverpool on the second weekend.

''It's important to hit the ground running if you want to compete for the title,'' Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard said. ''You can't afford any slip-ups early on. It's a tough first two games but I'm really looking forward to them and I think we can get two positive results.''

Sunderland's trip to Anfield means Jordan Henderson could make his competitive debut for Liverpool against the team that sold him for a reported 20 million pounds ($33 million).

Arsenal has been given a tough early season schedule, combined with Champions League qualification matches in mid-August after the club finished fourth in the league last season.

For the other Premier League newcomers, Queens Park Rangers opens at home against Bolton and Norwich heads to Wigan.

''The only target is to stay in the league. Seventeenth will be absolutely fine,'' Norwich chief executive David McNally said. ''Whatever points total is needed to finish 17th, that's the aim.''