Champions Chelsea perceive good omen in Burnley opener

Champions Chelsea perceive good omen in Burnley opener

Champions Chelsea perceive good omen in Burnley opener

With the exception of Southampton, who finished eighth past year, the champions' other opponents are either newly-promoted or sides that finished in the bottom half of the table last season.

They could yet escape a worst-case scenario, however, should the home and away fixtures fall kindly for them when the Europa League group draw is made on August 25 in Monaco.

Spurs, who have moved out of White Lane while their new stadium is being built, face the champions Chelsea at their temporary home on the second weekend of the campaign. They finish the campaign at home to Watford.

Liverpool then face Arsenal at Anfield in week three, while the Reds must also travel to the Etihad Stadium in week four for a meeting with Manchester City. The 2017/18 domestic calendar does him few favours, with just one of Arsenal's six Europa League ties followed by a Premier League home game.

Managers new to the Premier League acknowledge adapting to the busiest fixture list in the world is one of their biggest challenges. They host Everton on December 9, while the return fixture is April 7.

There are some potentially pivotal matches in April and May that could have a bearing on the title.

Liverpool always eagerly anticipate their fixture at Old Trafford, but they'll have to wait until March to visit Manchester United, hosting them in October. A week later, Spurs will play host to City.

Liverpool and Chelsea are due to meet in the penultimate round of fixtures, with Manchester United and Arsenal are scheduled to play at Old Trafford in game 36.

1 - Tottenham's first opponent at Wembley next season will be the team they last faced there - Chelsea (4-2 in FA Cup semi-final). Of the leading contenders Spurs and Man City have the easiest-looking run-ins.

As for the rest, City's games at the beginning of April - against United and Tottenham - could be huge for their title hopes, while Liverpool will hope they don't suffer from fatigue at the beginning of 2018 in the same way they did this year. "And if you thought that was hard, look at the state of Huddersfield's run-in".

What this means is that after travelling the far corners of Europe during mid-week, Arsene Wenger's men will be on the road again in the Premier League during the weekend, with Arsenal facing away trips to Manchester City, Chelsea, Everton, Southampton and Burnley directly after European excursions.

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