Champions Chelsea face Burnley opener

Premier League champions Chelsea will play Burnley on the opening weekend of the Premier League.

The Blues face four of last term's top six on their return from continental action, with home games against Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United as well as a trip to Liverpool coming immediately after Champions League fixtures.

West Ham faces playing its first three games away from its home at the London Stadium _ the centerpiece of the 2012 Olympics _ because the venue will be hosting the world athletics championship from August 4-13.

Manchester United's first meeting with Liverpool, always one of the highlights of the season, will be at Anfield on 14 October.

All the top six will fancy their chances of winning on the opening day, with Spurs especially motivated after losing 5-1 at Newcastle in May 2016.

For fans of newly-promoted Brighton and Hove Albion and Huddersfield Town, today's fixture announcement will have been even more anticipated considering next season will be both club's first in the Premier League.

Spurs' first fixture at Wembley will be the following weekend and it is against the champions Chelsea, who beat Tottenham there in the FA Cup semi-final in April.

The former fan favourite was instrumental in bringing his new team Brighton up from the Championship previous year and can expect a fantastic reception when the Seagulls arrive at the King Power for our first home game of the season.

David Wagner's side face mouth-watering autumnal home matches against Spurs (September 30) and Manchester United on October 21 - before Wagner's eagerly-awaited reunion with old friend Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool in a midweek game on October 28. September is then concluded by home matches against Arsenal and Manchester City as well as an away game at Stoke. They will end the campaign at home with a fixture against Watford.

It will be fascinating to see how Arsenal approach playing in the Europa League this season.

Burnley last season had their matches against Liverpool reversed. The club said the game will be rescheduled, potentially with Southampton hosting the match.

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