Premier League Back in Focus with Release of New Season’s Fixtures
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Premier League Back in Focus with Release of New Season’s Fixtures

The dust has barely settled on Chelsea’s 2016/17 Premier League title triumph, but focus has shifted to the 2017/18 campaign with the release of the new season’s fixtures.

The season gets underway on the weekend of August 12th, and champions Chelsea will kick things off with a home game at Stamford Bridge against Burnley. It would be folly to suggest there are any easy games in the Premier League, but as starts go it is one for manager Antonio Conte to look forward to.

Premier League new boys Brighton and Hove Albion can breathe a sigh of relief as they will begin the season on home soil, unfortunately it will be against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. It could be a rude awakening to life in the top flight for manager Chris Hughton’s men.

Arguably the pick of the games on the opening weekend is the meeting between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St James’ Park.

The Magpies are back in the top flight after a season in the Championship and manager Rafa Benitez will have high hopes of his side making a decent fist of things. He has never lost a home game against Tottenham in eight previous meetings, but Spurs are among the favourites for the title and it will be a tough opener for Newcastle.

Huddersfield Town were the third team to be promoted from the Championship and they open up their campaign with a trip to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace.

It doesn’t take long for the big, tasty, encounters to roll around. The weekend of August 19th sees Tottenham play their first Premier League game at their temporary home of Wembley, against Chelsea no less.

The Christmas fixtures are ones fans are quickly drawn to and Newcastle once again feature in the pick of the games, with a home meeting with Guardiola’s City on Boxing Day.

The New Year’s Day fixtures are often witnessed through a fog of the previous evening’s excesses, but you can blow away the cobwebs with a London derby between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates.

Picking out key fixtures in such a stacked Premier League season is far easier than searching for a needle in a haystack, and two of the biggest games are clashes between Liverpool and Manchester United. Jurgen Klopp welcomes Jose Mourinho to Anfield on the weekend of October 10, while the return fixture is scheduled for Old Trafford on March 10th.

Arsenal are not in next season’s Champions League and manager Arsene Wenger has already confirmed the Premier League will be his focus. That may well be reinforced when he realises that the Gunners will be playing away after five of their six Europa League games. It could well result in Wenger fielding fringe sides in Europe.

The fixture list has seen little change to the betting for the Premier League, with 188BET having Manchester City as favourites at 3.00. Chelsea are next best at 4.00, with Manchester United at 4.30.

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