Sunderland fly the flag for the north east in this season`s Barclays Premier League and start their campaign with a trip to Bolton on August 15.
Chelsea pay a visit to the Stadium of Light the following Tuesday as the month is completed with a home clash against Blackburn and an away-day to Stoke.
Champions Manchester United host the Black Cats on October 3, Liverpool the next visitors to Wearside two weeks later.
The year ends with a Boxing Day clash at home to Everton before Steve Bruce`s side travel to Blackburn in the final game of 2009.
Other notable matches include Chelsea away (January 16), Arsenal away (February 20), and Liverpool at Anfield (May 27).
The season concludes with a visit from Manchester United on May 1 before a trip to new-boys Wolves on the final day of the campaign.