Brighton & Hove Albion start with home game against Manchester City

Laura Christensen
June 15, 2017

Brighton & Hove Albion's first game in the Premier League will be at home to Pep Guardiola's Manchester City, while Championship winners Newcastle United host Tottenham Hotspur.

Holders Chelsea are up against Burnley, Arsenal play Leicester City, Manchester United take on West Ham and Liverpool are at Watford.

The first fixture between likely rivals for the Premier League title comes on the second weekend, August 19 and 20, when Spurs mark their first home match at Wembley by taking on London rivals Chelsea.

A tough start to the Premier League campaign means that Arsenal simply can't afford to be undercooked or unprepared, come the 2017/18 season.

Manchester United, Crystal Palace and Newcastle are the only three teams to start and finish at home and have a Boxing Day clash in front of their own fans. 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.

Bookies reacted to the fixtures publication with William Hill making Chelsea 3/1 second favourites to retain their title, with Manchester City 2/1 favourites. Liverpool will travel to the Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal just two days before Christmas whilst the Gunners will also host Antonio Conte's Blues on New Year's Day in what could be a crucial period for Wenger's men.

The last time Spurs visited the national stadium was in the FA Cup semi-final, a game they lost 4-2 to this season's first visitors - Chelsea.

West Ham United have the pleasure of playing their first three matches away from home due to The London Stadium's athletic restrictions.

Huddersfield make their Premier League debut at Crystal Palace, before hosting fellow newcomers Newcastle a week later and completing their August schedule at home to Southampton.

Everton, which begins at home to Stoke City, faces a testing opening to the campaign with games against City, Chelsea, Spurs and United before the end of September.

"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".

United's first major test of the campaign comes on October 14 when they travel to Anfield.

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