Premier League fixtures: Headache for Klopp as Liverpool face big guns early

Manuel Pellegrini

Tottenham may be out for revenge when they start the 2017-18 Premier League season at Newcastle United before Chelsea are entertained as the first visitors to their temporary Wembley home.

The festive season sees the Blues take on Brighton & Hove Albion on Boxing Day and Arsenal (away) on New Years Day, while they finish the season with clashes against Liverpool at home and Newcastle at St James' Park.

Chelsea begin the defence of their title with a home fixture at Stamford Bridge on the weekend of August 12/13 against Burnley, who had a bad time away from home last season.

It might be two agonising months before we get watch our beloved club in action, but the official fixtures ahead of the 2017/18 Premier League season have been announced today and it made us feel SLIGHTLY better.

As for the rest, City's games at the beginning of April - against United and Tottenham - could be huge for their title hopes, while Liverpool will hope they don't suffer from fatigue at the beginning of 2018 in the same way they did this year. The traditional December matches are also tough, with a Manchester Derby, a game against Tottenham and a trip to Championship winners Newcastle.

Liverpool then take on Arsenal and Manchester City [A] while the first Manchester United game sees them head to Old Trafford in mid-October after the worldwide break.

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The Manchester derbies were meant to decide last season's Premier League - but it didn't work out like that.

- Arsenal lost to West Ham and Liverpool in their last two opening-day games, but have not lost three in a row since 1960.

The first weekend's fixtures are completed by Swansea City's visit to Southampton and Bournemouth's trip to West Bromwich Albion. The club said the game will be rescheduled, potentially with Southampton hosting the match. Everton at home in mid-September will be an early test, but the first Super Sky Sports Splurge game doesn't come until October 14, when United go to Anfield.

That's because of Chelsea's return to Europe and awful title defence last time out - and the money City have spent this summer, along with favourable fixtures, making them early favourites.

In the final set of fixtures for the season all of the newly promoted sides face matches against a team that finished last season in the top 5.

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