Norwich City must wait until late October for their first Premier League meeting with former boss Paul Lambert and Aston Villa - as games against London opponents dominate the early weeks of the 2012-13 season.

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The Canaries kick off their campaign against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday, August 18, with their first home match against Queens Park Rangers seven days later.

Indeed, the first four league matches - and six of the first eight - pit new boss Chris Hughton’s men against teams from the capital.

For Hughton, there is a swift reacquaintance with two of his former clubs, with the second and third away fixtures taking City to Tottenham on September 1 and Newcastle on September 22.

The Canaries come up against Lambert and his new team at Villa Park on Saturday, October 27, while the former City manager’s return to Carrow Road is not until Saturday, May 4.

Christmas brings two of the most attractive fixtures of the season - a Boxing Day home match against European champions Chelsea and, three days later, the visit of reigning Premier League champions Manchester City. New Year’s Day brings City a trip to West Ham.

Easter Saturday, March 30, takes the Canaries to Wigan, but there is no scheduled Easter Monday fixture.

The final match of the season, scheduled for Sunday, May 19, could hardly be any tougher - away to Manchester City.

Last season’s runners-up, Manchester United, visit Carrow Road on November 17, with the return game at Old Trafford on March 2.

City will be hoping for better fortune at Craven Cottage on the opening day than last season, when they were beaten 2-1, or their previous visit in 2004-05, when a 6-0 defeat on the final day of the Premiership season condemned them to relegation.

• Norwich City’s 2012/13 Premier League fixtures

August

18 Fulham (A)

25 QPR (H)

September

1 Tottenham (A)

15 West Ham (H)

22 Newcastle (A)

29 Liverpool (H)

October

6 Chelsea (A)

20 Arsenal (H)

27 Aston Villa (A)

November

3 Stoke (H)

10 Reading (A)

17 Man Utd (H)

24 Everton (A)

27 Southampton (A)

December

1 Sunderland (H)

8 Swansea (A)

15 Wigan (H)

22 West Brom (A)

26 Chelsea (H)

29 Man City (H)

January

1 West Ham (A)

12 Newcastle (H)

19 Liverpool (A)

29 Tottenham (H)

February

2 QPR (A)

9 Fulham (H)

23 Everton (H)

March

2 Man Utd (A)

9 Southampton (H)

16 Sunderland (A)

30 Wigan (A)

April

6 Swansea (H)

13 Arsenal (A)

20 Reading (H)

27 Stoke (A)

May

4 Aston Villa (H)

12 West Brom (H)

19 Man City (A)

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12 comments

  • Premier champions decider last day then!!!!!

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    Pondlife

    Monday, June 18, 2012

  • Great if we could relegate Aston Villa on the 4 May 2013 ! Lets just hope that we don't need to go to Man City looking for points on the last day of the season. OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, June 18, 2012

  • A lot of ones to look out for next season. Besides the obvious big club clashes: Spurs, Newcastle + Villa will all be significant as will the promoted clubs. Lets go !!!

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    Timbo

    Monday, June 18, 2012

  • Just as long as it isnt top verses bottom!

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    Algarve Canary

    Monday, June 18, 2012

  • Not bad. I think its a far better fixture list & run in than last season, out of last 10 games only Arsenal & Man city to worry about. Now get the Holt situation sorted & make sure Mr Lambert doesn't cherry pick our squad!!! OTBC!!!

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    k9bye

    Monday, June 18, 2012

  • I agree on paper it looks an easier run in than last year - I just hope we start the season well tho. SeptOct sees us playing Spurs, Newcastle and Chelsea away and Liverpool and Arsenal at home. The only 'respite' is that sandwiched in amongst these 5 matches is West Ham (and Holt?) at home. Would hate to see us off to a slow start leading to the Villa match being an early season 6 pointer. Not being pessimistic, just realistic.

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    zebbee

    Monday, June 18, 2012

  • If we set our stall out next season we should be aiming for at least 50 PL points. That's an average of 5 points a month - 25 by New Year. There are a total of 114 Points to play and we achieved 47 last season so aiming for 50+ and a top ten finish is not totally unrealistic. Lets hope we sort the Holt affair out and that Hughton has not left it too late to start dabbling in teh transfer market ! OTBC and upwards in the PL !!

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, June 18, 2012

  • Don't worry algarve I think Man City will stay out of the bottom three next season. Agree with K9 much better run in than last season - Hopefully CH will hit the ground running and get us a good points tally by xmas.

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    JMH

    Monday, June 18, 2012

  • There are no easy games in the prem and shall be harder than last season. However, we should hopefully be a stronger outfit this time around, besides, everyone must play everyone twice anyway who so cares what order it's done in. An easier run in might mean we will leave it til later than last year to achieve safety.

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    Admiral F

    Monday, June 18, 2012

  • I think we are well overdue to give Fulham a good beating at the Cottage - bring it on !

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

  • A number of the clubs we'll play in the 'easier' run-in may well be fighting for their Premiership lives. So, I'm not sure there'll be any easy games at all next season. However, if the team do the job they're capable of, I'm really looking forward to many solid and entertaining top flight seasons under Chris Hughton. OTBC

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    Robin Hood

    Monday, June 18, 2012

  • Algarve - can't see Arsenal or Man City being bottom!

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    Pondlife

    Monday, June 18, 2012

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