The Premier League: A Breakdown of Key Fixtures

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As another Premier League season draws ever closer and each club steps up their preparations, we have taken an in-depth look at the pivotal dates and encounters ahead of what promises to be another mammoth season amongst the elite of English football.

Chelsea’s Antonio Conte will now be looking to successfully defend his first-ever English title at the club, but it is Manchester City who have been installed as Premier League favourites to lift the trophy next season. Here are the key games that we believe could ultimately prove to be the difference between success and failure.

20 August 2017: Tottenham vs. Chelsea

Spurs will be relocating to Wembley Stadium for a season whilst their spectacular new complex replacing White Hart Lane comes to fruition. Reigning Champions and London rivals Chelsea will make the short trip to Wembley for their first away game of the season.

Coming just four months after their crushing 2-4 FA Cup semi-final defeat to Conte’s men, Spurs will be hoping to bring life and soul to their welcome party along with a precious three points.

Expect fireworks in this one, particularly following the Italian’s recent comments in which he questioned Tottenham’s ambition by suggesting they have lower expectations than their Premier League title rivals.

26 August 2017: Liverpool vs. Arsenal

With 17 goals scored between them in their last three contests, this fixture always delivers on exhilaration and excitement.

Arsenal will be without the distraction of the Champions League for the first time in Arsene Wenger’s 21-year tenure and will be boosted by the arrival of big-money signing Alexandre Lacazette.

Jurgen Klopp will be desperate to keep hold of his star man Philippe Coutinho with interest from Spanish titans Barcelona growing day-by-day. The red half of Merseyside face winnable opponents in Watford and Crystal Palace prior to this and may well be looking at a third win on the spin going into this one.

23 September 2017: Brighton v Newcastle

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Just a mere 348 miles down the road, both of these sides were engulfed in a head-to-head battle for the Championship title last year which went the way of the Toon Army thanks to Brighton’s inability to win any of their final three matches.

This will be the Seagull’s first stab in the top-flight of English football and this match-up sees their manager Chris Hughton welcome his former charges to the Falmer Stadium. Many Magpies fans view his sacking seven years ago as unfair and the 58-year-old is still held in high regard up in the North-East.

Both of these sides ambition will be to retain their Premier League status and will believe they have what it takes to ensure they are above the relegation trapdoor come May. Newcastle did the double over their opponents last year and will be hopeful of repeating the feat.

14 October 2017: Liverpool vs. Manchester United

These two warhorses go head to head in October as they vie to re-establish their supremacy once more at the summit of English football. Statistically they remain the two most successful English clubs of all time which makes for an absorbing rivalry and it remains one of the highlights on the football calendar.

4 November 2017: Chelsea vs. Manchester United

Stamford Bridge was once Jose Mourinho’s hallowed turf with the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ embarking on a 77-game Premier League unbeaten sequence at Stamford Bridge during his two spells in West London.

However, since his appointment in the Old Trafford hotseat, Mourinho has failed to even mastermind a solitary goal or point against his former employees with two league defeats sandwiched either side of an FA Cup loss back in March.

Can he break his duck at the fourth time of asking?

9 December 2017: Liverpool vs. Everton & Manchester United vs. Manchester City

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Fans will be treated to two of world’s football greatest derbies on the same day. How will a hot-headed Wayne Rooney cope in the cauldron of Anfield following his return to boyhood club Everton?

Will Romelu Lukaku live up to his astronomical £75 million fee and repay the Red Devils with an abundance of goals? The Belgian international scored three times in the Merseyside derby during his time with the Toffees and will hope to add the Manchester edition to his collection.

At the very least you can expect some controversy from what promises to be fiery and passionate afternoon of top-flight action.

01 January 2018: Arsenal vs. Chelsea

The New Year starts with a bang as Chelsea travel to the Emirates in what will be a repeat of May’s thrilling FA Cup final. Alexis Sanchez and Diego Costa may have moved on to pastures new by the time this fixture comes around, but you can still anticipate another stirring encounter between these two English giants.

3 February 2018: Liverpool vs. Tottenham

Another clash between two leading lights sees the ‘heavy metal’ football of Jurgen Klopp’s men try to overcome the ferocious intensity that Spurs bring to the playing field. Liverpool defeated last year’s runner-up twice at home in the previous campaign and will be intent on outrunning them once again. Expect no let-up in this frantic tussle.

28 April 2018: Manchester United vs. Arsenal

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Acrimonious doesn’t quite cover the relationship between Mourinho and Wenger. Could we roll back the years and be viewing this as a match-up between two genuine title challengers? Or is it going to be another desperate fight for the final Champions League spot? One thing is for sure, Old Trafford will be rocking.

5 May 2018: Chelsea vs. Liverpool

Chelsea’s penultimate fixture is a home tie against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge. Liverpool emerged from West London with a 1-2 win last season and have not lost a league match here in any of the last three Premier League campaigns. Four of the five defeats suffered by Conte’s side last year came against their direct rivals and it is these fixtures which will be more important than ever if the Blues are to retain the title.

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