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Banana skin for Champions as Southampton visit on opening day fixture

Promotion to the Premier League could not have turned up a better draw for Southampton when they meet Manchester City in the first game of the 2012/13 season at the Etihad Stadium on the 18th August.

The game is a banana skin for City boss Roberto Mancini.

Premier League runners-up Manchester United, who lost the title on goal difference, have the chance to put the 4-4 draw at Old Trafford against the Toffees right when they travel on the opening day of the season to Goodison.

The Manchester derby at Etihad Stadium takes place on 8th December with the return fixture at Old Trafford on the 6th April.

Managers changing ships in the close season, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers starts with a trip to West Brom and Paul Lambert's reign as Aston Villa manager begins with a trip to play-off winners West Ham.

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