Chelsea open defence against Burnley as Nigerians debate fixtures

English Premier League champions Chelsea will open their defence with a home game against Burnley going by the fixtures released on Wednesday. The second-placed Tottenham will start the 2017/2018 campaign away from London with a visit to newly-promoted Newcastle United.

The fixtures come as Nigerians fans of the EPL debate on radio programmes which of the teams have the best fixture for the opening and closing month. Many of the fans believe that the layout of the timetable can have a way of affecting the performance of the teams with many craving for the tough fixtures to come very early in the season while rounding off with the teams at the wrong end of the table.

Manchester City will be away to newcomers Brighton, with fourth-placed Liverpool travelling to Watford.

Arsenal and Manchester United, who finished fifth and sixth respectively, will be home to Leicester City and West Ham.

The season has been scheduled to kick off on August 12, but the first big match will be one week later when Tottenham host Chelsea at their temporary home, Wembley Stadium. Liverpool will host Arsenal on 26 August in another early heavyweight clash, while Chelsea will host both Manchester City and Arsenal in September.

Manchester United will face bitter rivals Liverpool at Anfield in October, before the first Manchester Derby in December.


Saturday, 12 August, 2017

Arsenal v Leicester City

Brighton v Manchester City

Chelsea v Burnley

Crystal Palace v Huddersfield Town

Everton v Stoke City

Manchester United v West Ham United

Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur

Southampton v Swansea City

Watford v Liverpool

West Bromwich Albion v AFC Bournemouth

Saturday, 19 August, 2017

AFC Bournemouth v Watford

Burnley v West Bromwich Albion

Huddersfield Town v Newcastle United

Leicester City v Brighton

Liverpool v Crystal Palace

Manchester City v Everton

Stoke City v Arsenal

Swansea City v Manchester United

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea

West Ham United v Southampton

Saturday, 26 August, 2017

AFC Bournemouth v Manchester City

Chelsea v Everton

Crystal Palace v Swansea City

Huddersfield Town v Southampton

Liverpool v Arsenal

Manchester United v Leicester City

Newcastle United v West Ham United

Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley

Watford v Brighton

West Bromwich Albion v Stoke City

Saturday, 9 September, 2017

Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth

Brighton v West Bromwich Albion

Burnley v Crystal Palace

Everton v Tottenham Hotspur

Leicester City v Chelsea

Manchester City v Liverpool

Southampton v Watford

Stoke City v Manchester United

Swansea City v Newcastle United

West Ham United v Huddersfield Town 

Saturday, 16 September, 2017

AFC Bournemouth v Brighton

Chelsea v Arsenal

Crystal Palace v Southampton

Huddersfield Town v Leicester City

Liverpool v Burnley

Manchester United v Everton

Newcastle United v Stoke City

Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City

Watford v Manchester City

West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United

Saturday, 23 September, 2017

Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion

Brighton v Newcastle United

Burnley v Huddersfield Town

Everton v AFC Bournemouth

Leicester City v Liverpool

Manchester City v Crystal Palace

Southampton v Manchester United

Stoke City v Chelsea

Swansea City v Watford

West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur

Saturday, 30 September, 2017

AFC Bournemouth v Leicester City

Arsenal v Brighton

Chelsea v Manchester City

Everton v Burnley

Huddersfield Town v Tottenham Hotspur

Manchester United v Crystal Palace

Newcastle United v Liverpool

Stoke City v Southampton

West Bromwich Albion v Watford

West Ham United v Swansea City