Football - Fulham opener for Di Canio

Sunderland open the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League season with a home game against Fulham on August 17.

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The Black Cats hit the road for their next two matches, travelling to Southampton on August 24 and then visiting newcomers Crystal Palace a week later.

Paolo Di Canio's men face tough tests against Arsenal (H), West Brom (A), Liverpool (H) and Manchester United (H) in the four games after that.

The first Tyne-Wear derby of the season is pencilled in for October 26, while Everton are the opponents on Boxing Day at Goodison Park and Aston Villa visit on New Year's Day.

Sunderland travel to bitter rivals Newcastle on February 1 and close the season with a trip to Old Trafford on May 3 before a home game against Swansea on May 11.

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