The Premier League fixtures for the 2019/20 season have been released with many signalling this day as the starting point for the new campaign.
Manchester City are the odds-on 8/13 favourites to secure the title for a third season in a row, while Liverpool are narrowly behind.
As ever, the league will see three newer faces with teams joining from the Sky Bet Championship. For 2019/20, Norwich, Sheffield United and Aston Villa will all be making a return to England's top-flight.
They are the three favourites for the drop, with Sheffield United and Norwich available at odds-on prices and Aston Villa slightly shorter than Burnley.
It shows how the money is behind immediate returns back to the Championship, but history has shown how promoted teams can cope with life among England's elite in their first season.
A look at the previous ten years shows us how Norwich can feel confident that they have what it takes to retain their spot in 2021.
Reading and Cardiff are the only ten sides who have been relegated in their opening season after winning the Championship title the season before.
The last five years have seen the champions hit the 40-point mark on all five occasions, although Wolves significantly improved that average as they defied the odds to qualify for the Europa League.
Their points tally of 57 is the highest of any promoted club. Birmingham, who were promoted as Championship runners-up in 2008/09, sit in second here too with their 50 points in 2009/10.
As time has progressed, the Premier League favours the side that came up as champions. The exception to that rule being in 2015/16 where Watford, who finished second, concluded their campaign a point above Bournemouth.
The majority of teams who won the play-offs found themselves relegated in their first Premier League season.
Fulham were the latest side to do that after they dropped straight back into the Championship despite their spending hit the £100m mark, which highlights that those sides who opt to go big with the riches that come with England's top-flight don't necessarily see success.
Opening five fixtures
Norwich City: Liverpool (A), Newcastle (H), Chelsea (H), West Ham (A), Manchester City (H)
Sheffield United: AFC Bournemouth (A), Crystal Palace (H), Leicester (H), Chelsea (A), Southampton (H)
Aston Villa: Tottenham (A), Bournemouth (H), Everton (H), Crystal Palace (A), West Ham (H)
Christmas period fixtures
Norwich City: Aston Villa (A), Tottenham (H), Crystal Palace (H)
Sheffield United: Watford (H), Manchester City (A), Liverpool (A)
Aston Villa: Norwich (H), Watford (A), Burnley (A)
Final five fixtures
Norwich City: Watford (A), West Ham (H), Chelsea (A), Burnley (H), Manchester City (A)
Sheffield United: Wolves (H), Chelsea (H), Leicester (A), Everton (H), Southampton (A)
Aston Villa: Manchester United (H), Crystal Palace (H), Everton (A), Arsenal (H), West Ham (A)
Opening weekend fixtures
- Friday 9 August: Liverpool v Norwich City (8pm)
- Saturday 10 August: West Ham United v Manchester City (12.30pm)
- Saturday 10 August: Bournemouth v Sheffield United (3pm)
- Saturday 10 August: Burnley v Southampton (3pm)
- Saturday 10 August: Crystal Palace v Everton (3pm)
- Saturday 10 August: Leicester City v Wolves (3pm)
- Saturday 10 August: Watford v Brighton (3pm)
- Saturday 10 August: Tottenham v Aston Villa (5.30pm)
- Sunday 11 August: Newcastle United v Arsenal (2.00pm)
- Sunday 11 August: Manchester United v Chelsea (4.30pm)
Odds correct at 0900 BST (13/06/19)
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