Premier League fixtures 2014/15: 10 best matches to watch out for next season

A round-up of when and where the 10 standout games will take place

The fixtures for the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League season were released on Wednesday morning.

Below are a selection of the best matches that will play-out across the season and could prove pivotal in determining the destination of the 2014/15 Premier League trophy.

Man City v Liverpool (August 23)

The top two of 2013-14 do not have to wait long to square up this time around. The champions, who dropped just five points at home last season, came from behind to win this duel on Boxing Day, with Liverpool gaining revenge with a 3-2 success at Anfield later in the season.

Arsenal v Tottenham (September 27)

The Gunners did the double over their biggest rivals last season, with a pair of 1-0 victories. The teams were separated by 10 points at the end of the campaign, so the first derby match could be key in the race for a top four placing - with new Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino getting his first taste of a north London derby.

Man Utd v Chelsea (Saturday, October 25)

The early season fixtures appear kind to new United boss Louis van Gaal, with the visit of Chelsea looking the most testing of the first quarter of the campaign. The outcome of a game against Jose Mourinho's men could be an indication as to how the Dutchman's rebuilding job is progressing - particularly with a derby against City next on the agenda.

Liverpool v Chelsea (Saturday, November 8)

Steven Gerrard's slip in this match last season was a defining moment in Liverpool's unsuccessful title bid. It enabled Chelsea to complete the double over the Reds, whose manager Brendan Rodgers will know there can be no room for errors this time around.

Man Utd v Liverpool (Saturday, December 13)

The Merseysiders tore United apart in this one in 2013-14, loosening David Moyes's grip on the manager's job a little more. United, low on confidence, had no answer to the Reds' attacking verve, succumbing to a sixth home defeat of the campaign. If Van Gaal makes a positive impact at Old Trafford, it is unlikely to be as easy for the visitors next season.

Man City v Arsenal (Saturday, January 17)

Arsenal had no answer to City's free-flowing football at the Etihad in December, losing 6-3. Arsene Wenger's men led the table despite this defeat - but finished fourth. They also suffered heavy defeats at Liverpool and Chelsea, so this game could provide an indication as to whether they have made significant progress in their bid to be serious title contenders.

Everton v Liverpool (Saturday, February 7)

Roberto Martinez, who last week signed a new long-term deal, is the latest Toffees manager seeking to close the gap between the Merseyside rivals. However, recent form suggests it will take time - Everton last beat Liverpool three and a half years ago and despite an impressive campaign, still finished 12 points adrift of them in 2013-14.

Burnley v Man City (Saturday, March 14)

Home form is likely to be key if the Clarets are to retain their Premier League status. The last time they were in the top flight, 2010-11, they were unable to manage the feat - but they bloodied a few noses at Turf Moor along the way. Manchester United and Everton were beaten and Arsenal could only escape with a point - however, City won 6-1 there.

Arsenal v Chelsea (Saturday, April 25)

The Blues have had the upper hand in against their London rivals recently, with the 6-0 drubbing at Stamford Bridge last time out highlighting this. If both are in the running for the title when this game takes place - four weeks before the end of the season - it could be a classic.

Everton v Tottenham (Sunday, May 24)

The most appealing of the final day's fixtures. These teams threatened to claim a Champions League place last season, before having to settle for the alternative of the Europa League. If a top-four place is available to either at Goodison, it will ratchet up the tension.

PA

News
In 2006, Pluto was reclassified as a 'dwarf planet'
scienceBut will it be reinstated?
News
Jennifer Lawrence at the Vanity Fair Academy Awards party in February 2014
people12 undisclosed female victims are seeking $100m in damages
Arts and Entertainment
Adam Levine plays a butcher who obsessively stalks a woman in Maroon 5's 'Animals' music video
music'Animals' video 'promotes sexual violence against women'
News
people Biographer says cinema’s enduring sex symbol led a secret troubled life
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Voices
voicesI like surprises - that's why I'm bringing them back to politics, writes Nigel Farage
News
Bear and hare woodland scene from John Lewis Christmas advert
newsRetailer breaks with tradition, selling real festive fir trees online for the first time
Arts and Entertainment
Anthony Horowitz will write the next 007 novel
booksAnthony Horowitz to write new instalment in spy series for 2015
News
British actor Idris Elba is also a DJ and rapper who played Ibiza last summer
people
News
people

Kirstie Allsopp has waded into the female fertility debate again

Sport
Kicking on: Nathaniel Clyne is relishing the challenge of the Premier League after moving from Crystal Palace
footballSurprises include a first ever call-up for one Southampton star
Voices
4 May 2013: The sun rises over Tower Bridge in London. Temperatures across the UK could be higher than several European holiday destinations by Monday, including parts of Italy and France (Andy Hepburn/PA)
voices
News
The moon observed in visible light, topography and the GRAIL gravity gradients
science

...and it wasn't caused by an asteroid crash, as first thought

News
Researchers say a diet of fatty foods could impede smell abilities
scienceMeasuring the sense may predict a person's lifespan
News
newsGlobal index has ranked the quality of life for OAPs - but the UK didn't even make it into the top 10
Extras
indybest
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Italian couples fake UK divorce scam on an ‘industrial scale’

Welcome to Maidenhead, the divorce capital of... Italy

A look at the the legal tourists who exploited our liberal dissolution rules
Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon

Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon

The vintage series has often been criticised for racial stereotyping
An app for the amorous: Could Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?

An app for the amorous

Could Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?
Llansanffraid is now Llansantffraid. Welsh town changes its name, but can you spot the difference?

Llansanffraid is now Llansantffraid

Welsh town changes its name, but can you spot the difference?
Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

After a few early missteps with Chekhov, her acting career has taken her to Hollywood. Next up is a role in the BBC’s gangster drama ‘Peaky Blinders’
She's having a laugh: Britain's female comedians have never had it so good

She's having a laugh

Britain's female comedians have never had it so good, says stand-up Natalie Haynes
Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LED lights designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows

Let there be light

Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LEDs designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows
Great British Bake Off, semi-final, review: Richard remains the baker to beat

Tensions rise in Bake Off's pastry week

Richard remains the baker to beat as Chetna begins to flake
Paris Fashion Week, spring/summer 2015: Time travel fashion at Louis Vuitton in Paris

A look to the future

It's time travel fashion at Louis Vuitton in Paris
The 10 best bedspreads

The 10 best bedspreads

Before you up the tog count on your duvet, add an extra layer and a room-changing piece to your bed this autumn
Arsenal vs Galatasaray: Five things we learnt from the Emirates

Arsenal vs Galatasaray

Five things we learnt from the Gunners' Champions League victory at the Emirates
Stuart Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

This deal gives England a head-start to prepare for 2019 World Cup, says Chris Hewett
Ebola outbreak: The children orphaned by the virus – then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection

The children orphaned by Ebola...

... then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection
Pride: Are censors pandering to homophobia?

Are censors pandering to homophobia?

US film censors have ruled 'Pride' unfit for under-16s, though it contains no sex or violence
The magic of roundabouts

Lords of the rings

Just who are the Roundabout Appreciation Society?