Chelsea to host Burnley in Premier League season opener

Manchester City will face Brighton and Hove Albion on the opening day of the season as the fixtures for the new campaign have been released today.

Premier League champions Chelsea visit Anfield on November 25 with the return fixture at Stamford Bridge set to be the last away game of the season on May 5.

Their first post-Europa game is a trip to Chelsea, then Brighton (h), Everton (a), Manchester City (a), Burnley (a) and Southampton at St. Mary's.

Liverpool face a tougher start with Arsenal and City in their opening four fixtures. Before that, Jose Mourinho's side play West Ham, Swansea, Leicester, Stoke, Everton, Southampton and Crystal Palace, with Manchester derbies on and December 9 and April 7.

Spurs fans will have hoped for an appealing start to life at Wembley - the venue for their home matches next season as their new stadium is being built - and Chelsea should fit the bill. The two title contenders will face in the Manchester derbies on December 9th and April 7th.

The third opponent that we fare well against at home is Stoke City, in 6 home games, we've won 4, losing 1. But to suggest it's as simple as that would be wrong, especially when you look back at how last season panned out - and so many seasons before that.

Tottenham have five of six home games after playing in the Champions League, while Chelsea and United have four each.

"But this is the Premier League - every game you play in the Premier League is going to be a challenge, particularly when you haven't been there before".

Whether you're Manchester United or newcomers Huddersfield Town, you will play the other 19 sides home and away over the course of the season.

They face Manchester City, Tottenham and United around that period, as well as potential stumbling blocks in Burnley, Swansea, Southampton and West Ham.

The Premier League fixtures for 2017/18 have been announced.

  • Julie Sanders