The eagerly awaited fixtures for the Premier League season 2009/10 were released in full this morning, and Tony Pulis’s Stoke have been handed an intriguing start, beginning the campaign with a very winnable home fixture against newly promoted Burnley, before heading to Liverpool and Birmingham in consecutive away matches. The season finishes once again with a glamourous game, the trip to face Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Burnley will be the first side to visit the Britannia Stadium
Apparently it’s a copyright offence to reproduce a club’s list of fixtures in full, but for it to be illegal to type a list of dates on which notable events will occur is frankly absurd. Therefore, I’ll risk it, with the full list shown at the bottom of the page after I’ve picked out some of the most eye-catching games.
The Season Opener – Burnely (Home) – 15/8/2009
The first day of last season was a grim one for Stoke as we slumped to a 3-1 defeat at Bolton. Hopefully we can get off to a better start this time round, with the game against Burnley providing the perfect chance to do so.
The Last Day – Manchester United (Away) – 9/5/2010
We lost to Arsenal away on the final day of the 2008/09 season, with the game providing little more than academic interest after we had already secured our mid-table finish. A similar situation next May would be more than welcome.
Boxing Day – Manchester City (Away) – 26/12/2009
We will make the trip to the world’s richest mid-table club on Boxing Day, keen to avenge our 3-0 defeat last season, when Robinho scored a hat-trick.
Manchester United – 26/9/2009 (Home) & 9/5/2010 (Away)
Our games against Manchester United are always hotly contested, Stoke fans always eager to get one over the gloryhunters. We lost to them twice last year, but will have the chance to remedy this when we play them again in September and May.
Chelsea – 12/9/2009 (Home) & 24/4/2010 (Away)
After going so close away at Chelsea in January, perhaps we can go one better this time around when we head to Stamford Bridge in April. Chelsea eased past us at the Britannia Stadium, and we’ll look to put up more of a fight in mid-September.
Arsenal – 5/12/2009 (Away) & 27/2/2010 (Home)
Arsene Wenger will have his club doctors at the ready in late February when his team comes to Stoke to be deliberately fouled, after we go to the Emirates in December.
The fixture provided one of highlights of our first Premier League season
Wolves – 31/10/2009 (Home) & 10/4/2010 (Away)
Newly promoted Wolves are our nearest geographical rivals in the Premier League, with our games against them always producing a good atmosphere. This year will be no different.
Our clashes with Wolves will be fiery affairs
For the Full List see here.