2018-19 Premier league fixtures announced
NEWS DIGEST – The Premier League this morning revealed the fixtures for the 2018-19 season.
New Arsenal boss, Unai Emery has been given a nightmare start to his reign in North London with back to back matches against Manchester City and Chelsea.
City’s clash with Arsenal headlines an opening weekend of the season which also sees Manchester United host Leicester, Chelsea visit Huddersfield, Liverpool entertain West Ham and Tottenham travel to Newcastle.
The Arsenal vs City clash signals a departure from the Premier League’s policy of keeping the top six sides apart on the first and last day of the season.
Tottenham’s first home game – against Fulham on August 18 – will be played at Wembley while work is completed on the new ground, the club confirmed on Thursday morning. Spurs then face away trips to Manchester United and Watford before the international break – which lasts from September 3 until September 11.
Following that break, Tottenham’s home game against Liverpool on the weekend of September 15 and 16 is set to be the first at their new White Hart Lane ground.
Of the three newly-promoted teams, Wolves play host to Everton, Cardiff visit Bournemouth and Fulham are at home to London rivals Crystal Palace.
The remaining opening-day fixtures, which take place on the weekend of August 11-12, sees Watford host Brighton at Vicarage Road and Sean Dyche’s Burnley side travel to St Mary’s to face Southampton.
Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle face a tough start to the season as they play four of last season’s Big Six in their first five matches of the campaign – with home games against Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal as well as a trip to face City.
The first big derby encounters of the new season are not due to take place until November, with those sides involved in such passionate fixtures given the opportunity to build some momentum before facing their fiercest rivals.
Manchester foes City and United will be the first to lock horns at the Etihad Stadium, followed by Tottenham and Chelsea – in a game which should be held at Spurs’ upgraded White Hart Lane home.
As things stands, December 1 will see north London pride put on the line as Arsenal play host to Tottenham while Liverpool are set to welcome Everton across Stanley Park to Anfield.
The reverse fixtures for those four sides are due to take place on the same weekend in early March 2019.