Premier League 2017/18 fixtures: Chelsea begin defence against Burnley
Manchester United begin campaign against West Ham, Brighton play Manchester City
Champions Chelsea begin the defence of their title at home to Burnley. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP
Champions Chelsea will start their 2017/18 Premier League campaign at home to Burnley.
The new season’s fixtures which were announced on Wednesday morning saw Antonio Conte’s team given a Stamford Bridge opener on the weekend of August 12th/13th.
Runners-up Tottenham start away from home for the seventh successive season. The trip to newly-promoted Newcastle is a repeat of the 2012/13 opener, which the Magpies won 2-1.
Brighton host Manchester City while the other Premier League newcomers, Huddersfield, open at Crystal Palace.
Manchester United begin at home to West Ham, 2016 champions Leicester visit Arsenal, while Liverpool go to Watford.
Everton host Stoke, Southampton face Swansea and West Brom are at home to Bournemouth in the other opening day matches.
Tottenham’s first Premier League match at Wembley sees Chelsea provide the opposition, in the pick of the following weekend’s fixtures.
The big games continue with Liverpool hosting Arsenal the following weekend, before Jurgen Klopp’s men travel to Manchester City. The Gunners then head for Stamford Bridge in the highlight of the fifth weekend’s action, while West Ham tackle Tottenham on the weekend of September 23rd/24th.
As for derbies, Arsenal have home advantage in the first north London showdown on November 18th, with the return taking place at Wembley on February 10th.
The weekend of December 9th/10th sees Liverpool host Everton and City visit United in the first Manchester derby of the season. The returns are scheduled for April 7th/8th.
Christmas and New Year sees teams lined up to play four matches over 10 days between December 23rd and January 1st — Arsenal against Chelsea on New Year’s Day looks the pick of the festive matches.
Looking ahead to the end of the season, the promoted trio all appear to have a challenging run-in.
Huddersfield, out of the top flight since 1972, face Chelsea, Everton, Manchester City and Arsenal in their last four matches, while Tottenham, Manchester United and Liverpool are the opponents in three of Brighton’s final four.
Although Newcastle’s run-in appears less intimidating, they do not get off lightly on the final day — with Chelsea the visitors to St James’ Park.
Tottenham finish at home to Leicester, Manchester United host Watford, Manchester City are at Southampton and West Ham take on Everton.
Elsewhere on May 13th, Eddie Howe returns to Burnley with Bournemouth, Stoke go to Swansea and Palace face West Brom in a game which took place on the opening day of last season.