The Premier League fixtures for the upcoming 2017/18 season are finally out. While there are no big matches scheduled on the opening day of the new Premier League season, there are a number of big ones to look forward to towards the end of August.
The 2017/18 Premier League season is set to start on the weekend of 12-13 August and the league is set to end on Sunday, May 13 2018, a week earlier than last season, as the 2018 FIFA World Cup is set to start on June 14.
Defending Champions Chelsea will start their campaign at home to Burnley while runners-up Tottenham will be on the road for their first game as they face Championship winners Newcastle United. Pep Guardiola and his team also start the new season away from home as they are up against newcomers Brighton and Hove Albion.
Liverpool, who managed to seal the fourth place in the league last season, will start their new season away to Watford while Arsenal and Manchester United both play their first game at home to Leicester City and West Ham United, respectively.
The major derbies of the new Premier League season see Arsenal at home to Tottenham on November 18, with the reverse fixture set to take place on February 10. The first Manchester derby and Merseyside derby is set to take place on the same day — December 9 — with Manchester United and Liverpool at home. The reverse fixture is taking place on April 7.
No two big teams clash on the opening day but a number of big matches are scheduled towards the end of August and the start of September. Tottenham welcome Chelsea on Match Day 2 of the new season and the big match on Match Day 3 sees Arsenal travelling to Anfield.
The first international break of the season is after Match Day 3 but once the players return from international duty, the month of September sees two big fixtures. Manchester City welcome Liverpool on September 9 and Arsenal travel to Stamford Bridge the following week.
We will see a lot of changes to the fixtures once the FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League and Europa League fixtures are out too and the precise date of games will be set once TV schedules have been decided.
Here is a look at the opening day fixtures of the 2017/18 Premier League season
- Arsenal v Leicester City
- Brighton and Hove Albion v Manchester City
- Chelsea v Burnley
- Crystal Palace v Huddersfield Town
- Everton v Stoke City
- Manchester United v West Ham
- Newcastle United v Tottenham
- Southampton v Swansea City
- Watford v Liverpool
- West Brom v Bournemouth
Click here to check out the complete fixture list.