After the Premier League 2017/2018 fixtures were released today, the questions on the lips of every Premier League fan was who their team will confront on the opening and final weeks.
EPL Champions Chelsea will be the first team to go up against Tottenham at Wembley in a Premier League game, as the Blues face an intense start of depending the EPL title. Tottenham’s first Premier League game at Wembley will be an early trial of their title credentials as they go up against the defending champions.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men struggled hard at the national stadium in European competition last season, winning only one of their four games, and losing out to Antonio Conte’s men in the FA Cup semi-final.
Tottenham will play each home game at Wembley next term as their new stadium is being built and will hope to strike an early blow in the title race, hosting Chelsea on August 19 – albeit every single date is liable to change. They will welcome Liverpool on October 21, a match that is followed by a trip to Manchester United.
Chelsea’s start of the season is a long way from simple, with a home game against Arsenal and Manchester City shaping piece of a precarious set of September fixtures. The Blues welcome Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho back to Stamford Bridge on November 4 and have a difficult start to 2018 as they visit Arsenal, while a home clash with Liverpool in the penultimate outing of the season could prove vital in deciding the title.
Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola will be going for a significantly more effective second season at Manchester City after a trophyless first campaign in charge, and they go up against likely title rivals Liverpool right on time in the season, the Reds going to the Etihad Stadium on September 9.
There will be some early Christmas cheer in the blue half of Manchester ought to City topple United at Old Trafford on December 9, but April could prove more definitive as they host their neighbours and after that visit Tottenham.
Manchester United’s first huge test in their attempt to improve considerably on last season’s 6th place finish comes civility of a trip to Liverpool on October 14, and a home game against Mourinho’s enemy Arsene Wenger on April 28 figures to be especially important to any title or Champions League desires.
While Wenger can give early vindication to the club’s decision of extending his contract t with a win at Anfield on August 26.
The opening fixture will start on August 12th, 2017:
Manchester United-West Ham
The final weekend of the season could make or break for many sides. The likely title contenders appear to have a very accommodating set of fixtures, with Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham all facing either newly-promoted sides or teams that finished in the bottom half of last season’s Premier League, the exception being Manchester City’s visit to 8th placed Southampton.
The final round of fixtures will take place on May 13th, 2018
Crystal Palace-West Brom