Opening Weekend: Manchester United Vs Fulham To Kick Off 2024/25 Premier League Season As Ipswich Town Host Liverpool

Written By Albert Echatah

On Friday, August 16, Manchester United will play Fulham at Old Trafford in the Premier League opener.

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In the inaugural Friday Night Football match of the season, which kicks off at 8 p.m. Erik ten Hag’s team will be the first to play in a packed weekend of Premier League football.

In Enzo Maresca’s first game as manager of his new team, Manchester City will open their championship defence against Chelsea on Sunday, August 18 with a 4.30 p.m. kickoff.

That day, at 2:00 pm, Crystal Palace makes the short journey to Brentford. On Saturday, August 17, Aston Villa will pay a visit to West Ham, marking the start of new manager Julen Lopetegui’s tenure.

Monday night football’s premiere features Tottenham taking on newly promoted Leicester City, who remain without a manager after losing Maresca to Chelsea. The game takes place on August 19.

After a 22-year sabbatical, Ipswich Town returns to the Premier League on Saturday, August 17, with an early game against Liverpool that kicks off the Arne Slot era at 12.30 p.m. On Saturday, August 17, at 3 p.m., the runners-up from the previous campaign, Arsenal, host Wolves; Newcastle, newly promoted Southampton; and Bournemouth, Nottingham Forest.

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According to reports, Premier League clubs have approved the introduction of a development plan that will curb spending beginning with the 2025–2026 season.

The spending cap proposals were approved by 16 teams, and their goal is to keep the gap between the Premier League’s lower-half teams and its financial titans from growing.

Nevertheless, a report from BBC Sport claims that three teams vying for European football—Manchester United, Manchester City, and Aston Villa—are thought to have voted against the proposal.

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