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Last Updated: Thursday, 19 June, 2003, 12:14 GMT 13:14 UK
Premiership fixtures
Mancester United players celebrate winning last season's Premiership title
Can Man Utd defend their title?

Manchester United will seek to avoid an unwanted hat-trick when they open the defence of their Premiership title with a home fixture against Bolton.

The Trotters have won at Old Trafford for each of the past two seasons, Kevin Nolan's solitary goal inflicting United's only home defeat last term.

Last season's runners-up Arsenal also start with some home comfort as they launch their bid to regain the title with a Highbury date against Everton.

The match gives Everton prodigy Wayne Rooney the chance to continue his goalscoring form against the Gunners.

The 17-year-old scored a spectacular last-minute winner at Goodison Park last season and also found the net in the return fixture.

Two of the three promoted sides also start in familiar surroundings.

The Premiership is the only place to be and the first game is a bit of history for the club
Wolves boss Dave Jones
Division One champions Portsmouth welcome Aston Villa to Fratton Park, giving Paul Merson an early chance to get reacquainted with some former team-mates.

Defeated FA Cup finalists Southampton are the visitors to Leicester's Walkers Stadium, while fellow newcomers Wolves travel to Blackburn.

There is an early heavyweight clash at Anfield, where Liverpool meet Chelsea, the side that beat them to a Champions League spot on the final day of last season.

England's other Champions League entrant, Newcastle, face a testing opening fixture away at Leeds.

Bobby Robson's side provide the champions with another early test at St James' Park in the second round of fixtures.

Manchester United and Arsenal, who have won the last eight Premiership titles between them, meet at Old Traffford on 20 September, with the return at Highbury on 27 March.


Opening day fixtures
Saturday, 16 August 2003

Arsenal v Everton
Birmingham v Tottenham
Blackburn v Wolves
Charlton v Manchester City
Fulham v Middlesbrough
Leeds v Newcastle
Leicester v Southampton
Liverpool v Chelsea
Manchester United v Bolton
Portsmouth v Aston Villa




Barclays Premier League Table
01 February 2010 22:00
    P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 23 38 54
2 Man Utd 24 36 53
3 Arsenal 24 32 49
4 Tottenham 24 20 42

5 Liverpool 24 16 41

6 Man City 22 14 41
7 Aston Villa 23 13 40
8 Birmingham 23 -1 34
9 Everton 23 -1 32
10 Blackburn 24 -15 28
11 Fulham 23 -2 27
12 Stoke 22 -7 26
13 Sunderland 23 -10 24
14 Wigan 22 -23 22
15 West Ham 23 -9 21
16 Bolton 22 -15 21
17 Wolverhampton 23 -21 21

18 Burnley 23 -23 20
19 Hull 23 -26 20
20 Portsmouth 22 -16 15

SEE ALSO
Division One fixtures
19 Jun 03  |  English Div 1
Division Two fixtures
19 Jun 03  |  English Div 2
Division Three fixtures
19 Jun 03  |  English Div 3
Conference fixtures
19 Jun 03  |  Non League
Scottish Premier League fixtures
19 Jun 03  |  Scottish Premier
Scottish Football League fixtures
19 Jun 03  |  Scottish Premier



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