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The club are optimistic of an improved performance on the previous campaign, but they will have to overcome three tough opening fixtures against Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea

Paul Lambert's second season as Aston Villa manager will begin with a tricky away fixture at Arsenal.

The two sides met on the first day of the 2006-07 season, when Olof Mellberg became the first person to score a competitive goal at the newly-opened Emirates Stadium in a 1-1 draw.

After travelling to north London, they will welcome Liverpool to Villa Park before returning to the capital to play Jose Mourinho's Chelsea.

Villa will host Crystal Palace on Boxing Day, and Swansea two days later, but face a long trip north to face Sunderland on New Year's Day.

They will finish the season at White Hart Lane, but a gentle April should provide the opportunity to pick up some points late in the season.

ASTON VILLA
AUGUST SEPTEMBER OCTOBER NOVEMBER DECEMBER
17: Arsenal (A)
24: Liverpool (H)
31: Chelsea (A)
14: Newcastle (H)
21: Norwich (A)
28: Man City (H)

5: Hull City (A)
19: Tottenham (H)
26: Everton (H)
2: West Ham (A)
9: Cardiff City (H)
23: West Brom (A)
30: Sunderland (H)
3: Southampton (A)
7: Fulham (A)
14: Man Utd (H)
21: Stoke City (A)
26: Palace (H)
28: Swansea (H)
JANUARY
FEBRUARY
MARCH
APRIL
MAY
1: Sunderland (A)
11: Arsenal (H)
18: Liverpool (A)
28: West Brom (H)

1: Everton (A)
8: West Ham (H)
11: Cardiff
City (A)
22: Newcastle (A)
1: Norwich (H)
8: Man City (A)
15: Chelsea (H)
22: Stoke City (H)
29: Man Utd (A)
5: Fulham (H)
12: Palace (A)
19: Southampton (H)
26: Swansea (A)
3: Hull City (H)
11: Tottenham (A)

*fixtures subject to change

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