7 talking points thrown up by the Premier League fixture list

7 talking points thrown up by the Premier League fixture list

7 talking points thrown up by the Premier League fixture list

The Premier League fixtures for next season have been announced, with newly promoted Brighton facing Manchester City on the opening day, and champions Chelsea at home to Burnley.

Champions Chelsea begin against Burnley, while promoted trio Brighton and Hove Albion, Newcastle United and Huddersfield.

On Boxing Day, Chelsea are at home to Brighton, Liverpool take on Swansea at Anfield, United host Burnley and Tottenham play Southampton at Wembley.

Chelsea will open the defence of their sixth top-flight title on home soil at Stamford Bridge, it has been confirmed.

The 2017-18 Premier League fixtures were released this morning and we have taken it upon ourselves to predict the results of all the early matches involving the Big Six.

The Seagulls then travel to 2016 Champions Leicester City on Saturday 19th August.

The opening weekend of the season sees The Hammers travelling to Old Trafford against Manchester United in the pick of the weekend's matches, meaning Sky will probably look to move the fixture to a televised kick-off slot.

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The festive program is typically packed, with a full round of fixtures two days before Christmas. Manchester City travel to Newcastle.

City also have a huge amount of time before they face any of the top sides, allowing their new signings to settle, with Chelsea away on the seventh weekend of the season their singular visit to one of last season's top seven before December hits. As for Man Utd, we face them at home on December 2nd, and go to Old Trafford on April 28th.

Europa League winners Manchester United kick off on their own turn in a meeting with West Ham and Liverpool are away to Marco Silva's Watford.

With arch rivals Crystal Palace visiting on November 28th. The 2017/18 domestic calendar does him few favours, with just one of Arsenal's six Europa League ties followed by a Premier League home game.

After going to Anfield on August 26, Arsenal go to Chelsea on September 16 and City on November 4 - both after playing Europa League games on Thursday night. However, for the first time in a while, the first derby will be held at Anfield.

Playing at the national stadium has already caused problems though, with Spurs tweeting that their second home game of the season will need to be rescheduled.

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