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Thursday, 14 June 2018

Premier League fixtures 2018-19: Hintnewz on Opening weekend, derbies and key dates

Key entries on the English top-flight calendar as reigning champions, title hopefuls, new boys and summer signings ready themselves for the new season

As if the start of the World Cup was not exciting enough, we now know the schedule for the 2018-19 Premier League season.

Manchester City may have established domestic dominance in record-breaking style last time out, with Pep Guardiola’s side becoming the first to reach the fabled 100-point mark, but there are plenty of teams intent on making life considerably more difficult for the Blues in the defence of that crown.

Jose Mourinho is under pressure to deliver at Manchester United following a rare trophyless campaign, while Tottenham are determined to take the next step from also-rans to trophy winners with Mauricio Pochettino tied to fresh terms.

North London rivals Arsenal are entering a brave new world without Arsene Wenger, with Unai Emery about to get his first taste of life in the English top-flight, while there are plenty of issues to address at Chelseaas they seek to once again counter top-four failure with a title challenge.

Liverpool will also expect to be in the mix after reaching last season’s Champions League final, ambitious Wolves will be eager to make their mark among the elite, while Cardiff City and Fulham are back in the big time after four-year absences.

Opening weekend

The first fixtures in the 2018-19 campaign will take place on the weekend of August 11/12.

Manchester City and Chelsea will have met at Wembley a week prior to the big kick-off in the Community Shield, with the first silverware of the season on the line.

The reigning champions will then open the defence of their crown with a heavyweight clash against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium – offering new Gunners boss Emery a baptism of fire.

FA Cup holders Chelsea start on the road at Huddersfield, while London rivals Tottenham are also away from home as they travel to St James’ Park to take on Newcastle.

Manchester United and Liverpool will take in home dates with Leicester City and West Ham respectively, with a visit to Anfield seeing Manuel Pellegrini – a title winner with Manchester City in 2014 – return to English top-flight management.

Elsewhere, Cardiff’s first game back in the Premier League takes them to Bournemouth, Fulham welcome capital foes Crystal Palace to Craven Cottage and Wolves play host to Marco Silva’s Everton at Molineux.

Southampton entertain Burnley – last season’s surprise package – and Brighton go to Watford in the final fixtures on the opening weekend.

First round of fixtures

Bournemouth vs Cardiff CityArsenal vs Manchester CityFulham vs Crystal PalaceHuddersfield Town vs ChelseaLiverpool vs West HamManchester United vs Leicester CityNewcastle vs TottenhamSouthampton vs BurnleyWatford vs BrightonWolves vs Everton

Derby dates

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.

Manchester derby

10/11/2018 Manchester City vs Manchester United

16/03/2019 Manchester United vs Manchester City

North London derby

01/12/2018 Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur

02/03/2019 Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal

Merseyside derby

01/12/2018 Liverpool vs Everton

02/03/2019 Everton vs Liverpool

London derby

24/11/2018 Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea

27/02/2019 Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur

M23 derby

04/12/2018 Brighton vs Crystal Palace

09/03/2019 Crystal Palace vs Brighton

The Premier League title picture always becomes a little clearer when the big boys lock horns, with there plenty of fixtures outside of the aforementioned derby contests which could determine the destination of the crown.

One of those takes place on the opening weekend, as Manchester City take on Arsenal, and the big games will come thick and fast from that point.

Heavyweight fixtures18/08/2018 

Chelsea vs Arsenal25/08/2018 Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur15/09/2018
Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool29/09/2018
Chelsea vs Liverpool06/10/2018
Liverpool vs Manchester City20/10/2018
 Chelsea vs Manchester United27/10/2018
Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City03/11/2018
Arsenal vs Liverpool04/12/2018 Manchester United vs Arsenal08/12/2018
Chelsea vs Manchester City15/12/2018 Liverpool vs Manchester United29/12/2018
Liverpool vs Arsenal01/01/2019 Manchester City vs Liverpool12/01/2019 Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United19/01/2019

Arsenal vs Chelsea02/02/2019 Manchester City vs Arsenal09/02/2019 Manchester City vs Chelsea23/02/2019 Manchester United vs Liverpool09/03/2019
 Arsenal vs Manchester United30/03/2019
Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur13/04/2019
 Liverpool vs Chelsea20/04/2019 Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur27/04/2019
Manchester United vs Chelsea

The final round of Premier League fixtures in the 2018-19 campaign, which could see plenty still on the line at opposite ends of the table, is due to take place on May 12.

     Source :- Goal.com

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