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Tough start for Aston Villa

Aston Villa have been given a tough start to the Premier League season with their opening three games against Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea.

Last Updated: 19/06/13 at 11:30 Post Comment

Paul Lambert with last season's top scorer Christian Benteke

Paul Lambert with last season's top scorer Christian Benteke

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Paul Lambert's men go to the Emirates first up, before hosting Liverpool in the first home game of the new campaign.

A trip to Jose Mourinho's Chelsea follows, before a home match with Newcastle.

Newly-promoted Crystal Palace are the visitors on Boxing Day, while there is a trip to Sunderland on New Year's Day.

They play Manchester United Old Trafford late in the season, March 29, but otherwise Lambert will not be too disappointed with the run-in.

The last six games see them host Fulham (April 5), Southampton (April 19) and Hull (May 3) with trips to Palace (April 12), Swansea (April 26) and - on the final day of the season - Spurs (May 11).

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