Benitez Has Liverpool Marked On His Premier League Calendar

Posted June 15, 2017

Tottenham will play Chelsea in their first Premier League home game at Wembley as the fixtures for 2017-18 season were revealed on Wednesday.

Holders Chelsea are up against Burnley, Arsenal play Leicester City, Manchester United take on West Ham and Liverpool are at Watford.

Premier League runners-up Tottenham Hotspurs kick off the new campaign away from home with a potentially tough trip to Rafa Benitez's newly-promoted Newcastle.

Chelsea will open the defence of their sixth top-flight title on home soil at Stamford Bridge, it has been confirmed.

The fixture list has been released and by looking at leading bookmakers' odds for final positions, we can see where each team's supposed tricky run of games come in the season. Unfortunately, their first home game is against champions Chelsea on 19 August. With the exception of Southampton, who finished eighth past year, the champions' other opponents are either newly-promoted or sides that finished in the bottom half of the table last 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.

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- Burnley have lost all three Premier League opening-day fixtures, scoring just one goal in those three games.

Huddersfield Town's first Premier League match will take place at Crystal Palace.

West Ham will play their first three fixtures of the season away because the World Athletics Championships are being held at the London Stadium. This time they face Jurgen Klopp in the third week, at Anfield, which should give an early indicator of whether they've made progress over the summer.

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

The game at the Olympic Stadium will be followed by a Champions League group match for Spurs but there is next to no chance that Pochettino will rest players for the trip across London. This season the first one comes during a challenging stretch for the Gunners, but Arsenal will be desperate for a win to reclaim some bragging rights after finishing below Spurs for the first time under Wenger.