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2017-18 English Premier League fixtures have been released and we take a look at the opening round fixtures, particularly for the three newcomers. 

Brighton and Hove Albion will welcome Pep Guardiola's Manchester City in their first Premier League match at the Amex Stadium whilst title holders, Chelsea start their title defence at Stamford Bridge to Burnley.

Brighton requested a home fixture for their first ever Premier League match and their wish was granted. Brighton last played Manchester City in the Carling Cup in 2008 and it was City that suffered an embarrassing Carling Cup exit after being beaten 5-3 on penalties by Brighton.

Brighton will be hoping they are not in a relegation battle towards the end of the season as they have two tricky final fixtures; Europa League winners, Manchester United to the Amex Stadium in their last home fixture backed-up with a tough away trip to Anfield where they will play five time Champions of Europe, Liverpool in their final Premier League 2017-18 match.

Championship winners, Newcastle United also have a tough first home fixture to open and will play host to last season's Premier League runners-up, Tottenham Hotspur. In saying that, it was Rafael Benitez's team that thumped Spurs 5-1 at St James' Park the last time they played a Premier League game.

Huddersfield Town, back in the top flight after 45 years, are the only newcomers not to start with a home game. They begin away at Selhurst Park and face Crystal Palace.

An interesting fact is that the three promoted teams have opening day fixtures against the last Premier League team they played Manchester City, Tottenham and Crystal Palace respectively.

Manchester United kick off at home in a meeting with West Ham and Liverpool travel away to Marco Silva's Watford.

Arsenal host Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium, then travel away to play Stoke City before an enormous match at Anfield v Liverpool in the third week of the season.

Everton start their campaign by playing host to Stoke City at Goodison Park, while the other games on the first matchday see Southampton host Swansea City and West Brom welcome Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth to the Hawthorns.

Matches are provisionally scheduled for August 12, although some kick-off times and dates will likely be changed for television coverage.

Opening Day Schedule

  • Arsenal v Leicester
  • Brighton v Manchester City
  • Chelsea v Burnley
  • Crystal Palace v Huddersfield
  • Everton v Stoke
  • Manchester United v West Ham
  • Newcastle v Tottenham
  • Southampton v Swansea
  • Watford v Liverpool
  • West Brom v Bournemouth

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