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Ferguson likely to be unhappy with EPL fixture list

sports Updated: Jun 19, 2012 00:52 IST
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The 2012-13 English Premier League fixtures were announced on Monday and Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is likely to be deeply unhappy.


The new season of the EPL, which starts on August 18, sees Manchester United play away from home after five of their six midweek Champions League group matches, including trips to Liverpool, Newcastle United, Chelsea and Aston Villa. The other away game is against Manchester City early in December.

With City at home in the Premier League when United are away, it follows that the champions have only one trip to make after midweek European action. That game is against Chelsea in November.

The situation is almost a reversal from last year, when City played away after their Champions League group ties while United had the benefit of playing at Old Trafford after every European midweek game during the group stage.

Chelsea also have only one away match after their Champions League group games (against Sunderland) while Arsenal have three trips (Manchester City, West Ham United and Villa) to make.

Ferguson has complained about the Premier League fixture list in the past. He was unhappy in the 2008-09 season that United were forced to play away from home after each Champions League away fixture.