2008/2009 – Draft Barclays Premier League Fixtures

The draft fixture list for the 2008/09 Barclays Premier League season has been announced. Arsenal kick-off their campaign when West Brom visit Emirates Stadium on August 16. They follow that with a short trip to Fulham and a home game with Newcastle before the end of August.

The two games against Tottenham are later than last season. Unusually, the home game is scheduled for Tuesday, October 28 while the trip to White Hart Lane takes place on February 7.

Turning to Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool, Arsenal entertain Sir Alex Ferguson’s side on November 8 and visit Old Trafford in the penultimate game of the season on May 16. Arsène Wenger’s men go to Chelsea on November 29 with the reverse fixture also very late on May 9. Meanwhile, the home game with Liverpool is just before Christmas on December 20 and the Anfield fixture is scheduled for April 18, though that is FA Cup Semi-Final day.

That game is start of a tough looking run-in for Wenger’s men. Assuming there are no changes, the final half-dozen games of the season will read like this: Liverpool (a), Middlesbrough (h), Portsmouth (a), Chelsea (h), Manchester United (a), and Stoke (h).

Please note that this is a draft fixture list and will be subject to change. We will carry further fixture updates when the first set of television dates are announced.

AUGUST
12/13 UEFA Champions League Qualifier – 1st Leg
Sat 16 West Bromwich Albion (H)
Sat 23 Fulham (A)
26/27 UEFA Champions League Qualifier – 2nd Leg
Sat 30 Newcastle United (H)

SEPTEMBER
Sat 13 Blackburn Rovers (A)
16/17 UEFA Champions League Group Stage – Matchday 1
Sat 20 Bolton Wanderers (A)
23/24 Carling Cup Third Round
Sat 27 Hull City (H)

OCTOBER
30/1 UEFA Champions League Group Stage – Matchday 2 (played on 30th Sep or 1st Oct)
Sat 4 Sunderland (A)
Sat 18 Everton (H)
21/22 UEFA Champions League Group Stage – Matchday 3
Sat 25 West Ham United (A)
Tue 28 Tottenham Hotspur (H)

NOVEMBER
Sat 1 Stoke City (A)
4/5 UEFA Champions League Group Stage – Matchday 4
Sat 8 Manchester United (H)
11/12 Carling Cup Fourth Round
Sat 15 Aston Villa (H)
Sat 22 Manchester City (A)
25/26 UEFA Champions League Group Stage – Matchday 5
Sat 29 Chelsea (A)

DECEMBER
2/3 Carling Cup Fifth Round
Sat 6 Wigan Athletic (H)
9/10 UEFA Champions League Group Stage – Matchday 6
Sat 13 Middlesbrough (A)
Sat 20 Liverpool (H)
Fri 26 Aston Villa (A)
Sun 28 Portsmouth (H)

JANUARY
Sat 3 FA Cup Third Round
6/7 Carling Cup Semi-Final – 1st leg
Sat 10 Bolton Wanderers (H)
Sat 17 Hull City (A)
20/21 Carling Cup Semi-Final – 2nd leg
Sat 24 FA Cup Fourth Round
Wed 28 Everton (A)
Sat 31 West Ham United (H)

FEBRUARY
Sat 7 Tottenham Hotspur (A)
Sat 14 FA Cup Fifth Round
Sat 21 Sunderland (H)
24/25 UEFA Champions League Last 16 – 1st leg
Sat 28 Fulham (H)

MARCH
Sun 1 Carling Cup Final
Tue 3 West Bromwich Albion (A)
Sat 7 FA Cup Quater-Finals
10/11 UEFA Champions League Last 16 – 2nd leg
Sat 14 Blackburn Rovers (H)
Sat 21 Newcastle United (A)

APRIL
Sat 4 Manchester City (H)

7/8 UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final – 1st leg
Sat 11 Wigan Athletic (A)
14/15 UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final – 2nd leg
Sat 18 Liverpool (A)
Sat 18 FA Cup Semi-Finals
Sat 25 Middlesbrough (H)
28/29 UEFA Champions League Semi-Final – 1st leg

MAY
Sat 2 Portsmouth (A)
5/6 UEFA Champions League Semi-Finals – 2nd leg
Sat 9 Chelsea (H)
Sat 16 Manchester United (A)
Sun 24 Stoke City (H)
Wed 27 UEFA Champions League Final
Sat 30 FA Cup Final

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