Premier League Fixture Guide 2017/18
With the Premier League fixtures for the 2017/18 season being announced on the 14th June we’ve put together a handy guide for you so you don’t miss the most important games of the season. Find all the marquee fixtures here and start putting your plans in place well in advance!
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The Opening Weekend
Chelsea vs Burnley – Premier League champions Chelsea kick their defence of the title off with a home match against a Burnley side who won just one away game last season, so the chances of the Antonio Conte’s men stumbling off the blocks is looking pretty low.
Brighton vs Manchester City – Premier League new boys Brighton & Hove Albion haven’t got the easiest start to life in the top flight. They welcome the star studded Manchester City to Falmer Ground as they look to prevent a return to the Championship in 2018.
Newcastle vs Tottenham – The returning Newcastle United don’t have the easiest starts after winning the Championship either, welcoming a Tottenham Hotspur side who have challenged for the Premier League title in each of the last two seasons. Will it be third time lucky for Mauricio Pochettino and company?
Crystal Palace vs Huddersfield – The third promoted team from the Championship probably have the best chance of picking up points on the opening day as Huddersfield visit a Crystal Palace side who have struggled over the past two years. The Eagles are currently without a manager after Sam Allardyce left them, so it could be a transitional period for this clash.
The Festive Period
15th/16th December – The frantic festive period of English football kicks off ten days before Christmas, and whilst most of the fixtures in this midweek round look rather straightforward there is a potentially huge meeting as Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur go head to head at The Etihad. Both of these are expected to be in the title race at this point, so this could be an early indicator of which way it will go.
23rd December – This is where winter really heats up. Arsenal host Liverpool the day before Christmas Eve, with both hoping for a miracle Premier League title win. Meanwhile the dangerous Everton face champions Chelsea at Goodison Park and 2015/16 champions Leicester play host to Manchester United.
26th December – The traditional Boxing Day fixtures have been kind to the big teams, with all of them avoiding any clashes with the other big teams. Newcastle United, however, have not been so lucky. They start their season with a hosting of Spurs, and the day after Christmas they welcome Manchester City to St James’ Park.
30th December – Premier League champions Chelsea end a fantastic year by hosting Stoke, whilst Manchester City face another trip away as they visit Crystal Palace. Spurs and West Ham meet in a London derby whilst Brighton face a very long trip up to the north east to face fellow promotees Newcastle.
1st January – The main treat for football fans as we welcome in 2018 is a short trip across London as Chelsea face Arsenal at The Emirates. Nurse your hangover with some potentially excellent football, and follow is with a Southern clash of Brighton and Bournemouth or perhaps Watford’s trip to The Etihad.
The Title Run In
7th April – It’s far too early to predict who will be in the Premier League title race come April, but the Manchester derby at the Etihad on this day is bound to be a huge fixture. Whether they’re in the title race or not is another question, but they are two teams who’s chances are looking good.
14th April – This period could potentially be where it all falls apart for Pep Guardiola. Just a week after hosting their arch rivals they face a trip to Tottenham Hotspur, who performed very well against the top teams last season and will be hoping to be in the title race at this point.
28th April – Most of the big guns face relatively easy fixtures this weekend, with one exception. Old Trafford plays host to Manchester United vs Arsenal. This fixture may not be quite up to the glory days of Keane vs Viera, but it’s still a huge fixture for both sides and will potentially grow even more in significance if both teams are still in the title race.
5th May – The penultimate weekend of Premier League action sees defending champions Chelsea host Liverpool, with both teams potentially still in the race at this point. The other big guns have a relatively easy weekend as Arsenal host Burnley, Manchester United travel to a Brighton side potentially battling the drop, Huddersfield facing a difficult trip to The Etihad, and Spurs playing away at West Brom.
The Final Weekend – All the big teams have winnable fixtures at first glance, so whoever leads the race at this point has a huge advantage. Arsenal travel to Huddersfield, Liverpool host Brighton, and Manchester United welcome Watford to Old Trafford. Meanwhile Chelsea face a trip to St James’ Park, Southampton and Manchester City clash horns at St. Mary’s, and Spurs are hosting Leicester. Of course the Premier League title could be all wrapped up by this point, but if it’s not the leaders will feel they have a huge chance of getting their hands on the trophy.
The Relegation Battle
Brighton – The newly promoted south coast side are largely expected to struggle against the drop this year, and their end of season fixtures look extremely tough at this point. They start April with a home game against fellow expected strugglers Huddersfield, but their final four fixtures include hostings of Spurs and Manchester United and trips away to Liverpool and Burnley.
Huddersfield – It’s the same story for Huddersfield, who start April with games against Brighton and Watford before ending the season with trips to Chelsea and Manchester City and home games against Everton and Arsenal.
Newcastle – Newcastle are hoping they can secure a mid-table position, but there’s always the chance they could struggle in the relegation battle. They start April by visiting Leicester and hosting Arsenal before visiting Everton and Watford either side of a home game against West Brom. They end the season by facing Chelsea at St James’ Park.
Swansea – The Swans end the season with relatively winnable matches against Stoke and Bournemouth, but before that they face a trip to Manchester City and a home game against Chelsea as they look to avoid the drop yet again.
The Big Derbies
Fans lining the Mersey will have to wait quite a while to meet each other, with the first derby coming on the 9th December as Liverpool host Everton. The return fixture at Goodison Park takes place on the 7th April.
The 9th/10th December is a big weekend for those invested in derby days as Manchester United and Manchester City meet at Old Trafford in their first league meeting of the season, with the return leg at The Etihad taking place on the same weekend as the second Merseyside derby.
North London Derby
The North London Derby has taken on more importance in recent years as Spurs have improved, and the first of these big games in the capital takes place on 18th November at The Emirates before the two meet at Wembley on the 10th February.
Arsenal vs Chelsea
One of the first big derbies of the season takes place on 16th September at Stamford Bridge as defending champions Chelsea host Arsenal, with the favour being returned at The Emirates on New Year’s Day.
Manchester United vs Liverpool
The big north west derby between Manchester United and Liverpool comes after Arsenal’s trip to Chelsea, with the two meeting at Anfield on 14th October, with the return leg coming fairly late in the season on 10th March.
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Source: Football News