Saints will kick off their 2012/13 Barclays Premier League season away to champions Manchester City.

The club have been handed a baptism of fire on their return to the top flight, with a visit to the Etihad Stadium on August 18, although that date could be changed if the game is picked for television.

Saints’ first home game is against Wigan, on August 25.

That is followed by two daunting fixtures, firstly at home to Manchester United, before they travel to the Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal.

Saints will finish their season at home to Stoke on May 19.

Other highlights include a first reunion with former manager Alan Pardew, as Newcastle are scheduled to visit St Mary’s on November 24, before the return game on February 23.

Saints are away to Fulham for the traditional Boxing Day fixture, while New Year’s Day sees them at home to Arsenal.

Saints will visit Anfield on December 1, while they will travel to Champions League winners Chelsea on December 15.

The trip to Old Trafford is scheduled for January 29.

The full fixture list is printed below. Alternatively, visit our dedicated fixtures page.

Saints’ 2012/13 Barclays Premier League fixtures in full.

18 Man City (A)
25 Wigan (H)

1 Man Utd (H)
15 Arsenal (A)
22 Aston Villa (H)
29 Everton (A)

6 Fulham (H)
20 West Ham (A)
27 Tottenham (H)

3 West Brom (A)
10 Swansea (H)
17 QPR (A)
24 Newcastle (H)
27 Norwich (H)

1 Liverpool (A)
8 Reading (H)
15 Chelsea (A)
22 Sunderland (H)
26 Fulham (A)
29 Stoke (A)

1 Arsenal (H)
12 Aston Villa (A)
19 Everton (H)
29 Man Utd (A)

2 Wigan (A)
9 Man City (H)
23 Newcastle (A)

2 QPR (H)
9 Norwich (A)
16 Liverpool (H)
30 Chelsea (H)

6 Reading (A)
13 West Ham (H)
20 Swansea (A)
27 West Brom (H)

4 Tottenham (A)
12 Sunderland (A)
19 Stoke (H)

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