United test for Blues
Birmingham will begin life back in the Barclays Premier League with a trip to champions Manchester United on August 15. Alex McLeish`s side, runners-up in the Championship last season, then have back-to-back home games against Portsmouth and Stoke before their first West Midlands derby against Aston Villa at St Andrew`s on September 12. Trips to Arsenal and Liverpool follow on October 17 and November 7 while the Blues travel to Championship champions Wolves on November 28. Fans have been given a Boxing Day treat as Chelsea visit while Blues entertain Manchester United on January 7 before ending the month at Stamford Bridge. The return derby with Wolves takes place on February 6, Arsenal visit on March 27, Liverpool also come to town on April 3 which is followed by a trip to Aston Villa on April 24. Birmingham end their campaign against Bolton at the Reebok Stadium on May 9.
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