Chelsea 1st to visit Tottenham at Wembley in Premier League

Chelsea 1st to visit Tottenham at Wembley in Premier League

Chelsea 1st to visit Tottenham at Wembley in Premier League

But it could prove a tricky opening few weeks for the defending champions too, with Chelsea hosting Everton (26 August), visiting 2015-16 winners Leicester after the global break and then welcoming Arsenal (16 September).

Southampton are at home to Swansea City, Watford play Liverpool at Vicarage Road and West Brom play Bournemouth.

With club football just under two months away, fans will understandably hold onto any Premier League action they can. Pochettino's team will travel to Chelsea and host Manchester City in their last seven games, but the other five fixtures are against teams who finished no higher than 10th. Arsenal upon finishing below Spurs for the first time under Wenger will be looking for revenge when Spurs visit the Emirates Stadium on November 18.

United's first meeting with Liverpool, always one of the highlights of the season, will be at Anfield on October 14. The returns are scheduled for April 7/8.

Christmas fixtures see Huddersfield visit Southampton on December 23 before back-to-back festive home games with Stoke (Boxing Day) and Burnley (December 30). One would expect the Saints to be unlikely to be challenging for anything at the top of the table but not in too much danger at the bottom either come the end of the season, but if they do have something to play for, their tricky run-in could prove damning.

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The first fixture between likely rivals for the Premier League title comes on the second weekend, August 19 and 20, when Spurs mark their first home match at Wembley by taking on London rivals Chelsea.

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 global break. They hammered home the mental edge they have in the games last season, winning 1-0 at Goodison Park and then 3-1 at Anfield.

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.

"You have to play everyone eventually", say the level-headed among us - but not all fixture schedules are drawn up equal. The Gunners stumbled in the title race in mid-December, were clinging on in late-January and all-but out of it after losing the rematch with Chelsea in February. The 2017/18 domestic calendar does him few favours, with just one of Arsenal's six Europa League ties followed by a Premier League home game. The second Merseyside and Manchester derbies of the season will both be on April 7/8. Their goalless game at Leicester in 2004 is the only time they have not either won or lost first time out since 1994.

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