Monday, 23 October, 2017

Chelsea first to face Spurs at new 'home'

Mauricio Pochettino cannot wait for start to new season with Tottenham Chelsea first to face Spurs at new 'home'
Hilda Schwartz | 15 June, 2017, 02:19

Champions Chelsea begin against Burnley, while promoted trio Brighton and Hove Albion, Newcastle United and Huddersfield. Huddersfield, whose last season in the top-flight was 1971-72, play Crystal Palace.

A potentially huge game could come in the penultimate week of the season, with Liverpool heading to Stamford Bridge to play Chelsea.

Tottenham finish at home to Leicester, Manchester United host Watford, Manchester City are at Southampton and West Ham take on Everton. In contrast, Manchester City, Leicester and Stoke are away in all three rounds.

There will be a typically intense schedule of games over the Christmas period, with teams potentially facing four matches in nine days from December 23-Jan. 1.

Brighton, meanwhile, are back in English football's top division for the first time since the 1982-83 season.

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.

Liverpool face a tougher start with Arsenal and City in their opening four fixtures. The return fixture at Goodison Park is scheduled for April 7.

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"But this is the Premier League - every game you play in the Premier League is going to be a challenge, particularly when you haven't been there before".

West Ham's first home game is scheduled for August 19 against Southampton but the stadium won't be ready to host soccer matches at that time. They then host United on December 2 and Liverpool on December 23.

Since City's Qatari-windfall, the clubs have developed a competitive rivalry, based partly on a feeling in North London that Spurs' would have enjoyed considerably more recent success had City not struck gold.

Arsenal, whose manager Arsene Wenger will be firmly in the sights of the disgruntled Gunners fans who didn't wanted him to sign a new contract, face a tricky trip to Chelsea the weekend after. United, United vs. Everton and Spurs vs.

Spurs face Chelsea in their first league game at Wembley in the second week of the season.

In the first seven games, the Sky Blues will face Everton (home), Liverpool (home) and reigning champions Chelsea (away), teams that were part of last season's Top7 and will certainly be making a push for Europe and/or the title. All the timings are subject to slight change because of TV scheduling.

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