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EPL fixtures 2016/17: Mourinho to face Guardiola September

Jose Mourinho faces a trip to the seaside in his first Premier League game in charge of Manchester United as they face Bournemouth in the Premier League fixtures unveiled on Wednesday.

His bitter rival from his days in charge of Real Madrid in Spain, former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola now in charge of city rivals Manchester City, will host Sunderland, who just escaped the drop last season.

Current Italy manager Antonio Conte faces a highly-charged first game in the dugout for Chelsea as he has a London derby with Slaven Bilic’s West Ham United.

Another of the influx of top-class continental European managers, Jurgen Klopp, will begin his first full season in charge – having replaced Brendan Rodgers in the middle of last term – by taking his Liverpool outfit to face French veteran Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal.

Champions Leicester City have a gentle start away at newly-promoted Hull Cuty, but then they have their credentials tested to the full when they host the Gunners, who finished runners-up, the week after.

Two former Southampton managers will trade blows on the pitch as Ronald Koeman’s first taste as Everton manager will be to host Spurs, managed by his predecessor at Saints, Maurico Pochettino.

Only a year ago Koeman criticised Pochettino for ditching Southampton before his contract was up – only for Koeman to do the same thing when he took the Everton job on Tuesday.

Mourinho and Guardiola will go head-to-head for the first time as Premier League managers on September 10 when Manchester United and Manchester City meet in the derby at Old Trafford.

Source: thenational

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