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Chelsea will begin their title defence at home to Burnley on the weekend of 12-13 August, while, we will witness first Manchester derby on 9th December and first North London derby 18th November.

The Premier League fixtures were announced on Wednesday morning, giving fans plenty to look forward to when the season starts in August.

Chelsea head into the new Premier League season as defending champions following a brilliant debut campaign under Antonio Conte.

After away games with Everton and Tottenham and the home game with Manchester United, Pep Guardiola's side play Swansea (H), West Ham (A), Huddersfield (H) and Southampton (A) in their final four matches.

Liverpool will open the 2017/18 season with an away trip to Watford, before hosting their first home game against Crystal Palace the following weekend.

Newcastle hammered Spurs 5-1 in their last Premier League match, despite Aleksandar Mitrovic's red card, but Benitez is not expecting a similar result when last season's runners-up visit.

Maurico Pochettino's first Premier League "home" match will be against the only team to finish above them last season.

The first Manchester derby of the season takes place on 9 December - the same weekend that Liverpool are scheduled to meet Everton at Anfield.

The Premier League's schedule release Wednesday was cheered by most soccer fans, especially those overseas, but some Premier League fans based in England believe the league has gone too far to accommodate the high-paying broadcasters. It will also be the first opportunity to see if Mourinho has solved United's key problem from last season - scoring enough goals to turn home draws into home wins.

Arsene Wenger expressed his frustration at facing away trips in the Premier League after gruelling European jaunts.

Also, Arsenal welcome Liverpool two days before Christmas, while Brighton go to Chelsea on Boxing Day and Newcastle host Manchester City.

All the timings are subject to slight change because of TV scheduling.

Liverpool are the top-six side who are most likely to drop opening-day points.

Man United visit Anfield on October 14, and with a lack of time on the training ground and possible fatigue to those who have travelled a long way with their country, it could be an ugly contest.


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