Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Champions Chelsea Open League Defence At Home Against Burnley

Champions Chelsea Open League Defence At Home Against Burnley

A group backed by the Football Supporters' Federation say the Premier League are making it increasingly hard for fans to attend away matches.

Chelsea will open the defence of their sixth top-flight title on home soil at Stamford Bridge, it has been confirmed.

The fixture is likely to yet again feature two of the most expensively-assembled squads in Premier League history, with Manchester City already having spent over £90 million this summer and set to spend more, while United are supposedly ready to spend £200 million to improve their squad. They will finish the season at home against Brighton & Hove Albion. They hammered home the mental edge they have in the games last season, winning 1-0 at Goodison Park and then 3-1 at Anfield.

Huddersfield will make their PL debut at Crystal Palace, before hosting fellow newcomers Newcastle a week later and completing their August schedule at home to Southampton. Their only challenge during Champions' league group stages will be a home match against Liverpool.

The weekends of December 9/10 and April 7/8 are big ones in the north-west, with red and blue meeting in two cities. Pep Guardiola's City, meanwhile, will play Brighton (A), Everton (H), Bournemouth (A), Liverpool (H) and Watford (A).

West Ham will play their first three fixtures of the season away because the World Athletics Championships are being held at the London Stadium. Arsenal, Everton and Manchester United will also host opening week fixtures.

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David Wagner's side face mouth-watering autumnal home matches against Spurs (September 30) and Manchester United on October 21 - before Wagner's eagerly-awaited reunion with old friend Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool in a midweek game on October 28. Following the return from the worldwide break in October, their fixture against Manchester United is one the fans can look forward to.

According to the machine, Liverpool and Manchester City are the teams to beat in 2017-18, both of whom win four of their opening five games for 13 points.

Arsenal upon finishing below Spurs for the first time under Wenger will be looking for revenge when Spurs visit the Emirates Stadium on November 18.

Huddersfield Town won promotion in the most thrilling way possible with a play-off final win over Reading via penalties in May, and will now play in the top flight of English football for the first time since 1972.

United will look to be at the top of the Premier League after September: West Ham, Swansea, Leicester, Stoke, Everton, Southampton and Crystal Palace. In contrast, five out of Tottenham's six Champions League games are followed by a home game. So Jose Mourinho better ensure his side have a superior cutting edge than they displayed in the league past year.

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