When will the English Premier League fixtures for 2017-18 be announced?

Right! Manchester United's league fixtures for next season have been announced and if you see Jose Mourinho's face painted with an uncharacteristic smile, you'll know why.

Tottenham's first Premier League match at Wembley sees Chelsea provide the opposition, in the pick of the following weekend's fixtures.

The plan was proposed after TV broadcaster Sky reported that television viewership for league matches fell 14 per cent last season, while subscriptions to their mobile video service and online live video provider rose by 31 per cent.

The final game of the season is a trip to Leicester City on May 5.

Chelsea will be out to defend the title they won previous year.

Manchester United probably felt the same after they lost at home to rivals Manchester City in September.

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.

The new season kicks off on the weekend of August 12/13.

Jurgen Klopp's side travel to Goodison Park on April 7, 2018 before facing three teams from the bottom half of last season's table in their final five games.

For the second consecutive season, City will play Arsenal (February 24) and Chelsea (March 3) in back-to-back matches.

In a bid to keep its unrivalled domestic TV income growing, the league will look to offer a significant increase on the 168 live games per season now shown on BT Sport and Sky Sports.

Who said the Premier League would be easy?

The first Manchester derby comes on the 9th December while United have a decent run-in with games against West Brom, Bournemouth, Brighton and Watford either side of the Arsenal clash.

The Manchester derbies were meant to decide last season's Premier League - but it didn't work out like that.

  • Julie Sanders