Published: Thu, June 15, 2017
Sports | By Mabel Barber

Chelsea to host Burnley in Premier League season opener

Chelsea to host Burnley in Premier League season opener

Chelsea's opening-weekend fixture at home to Burnley may have Blues fans finding good omens for their Premier League title defence.

Chelsea head into the new Premier League season as defending champions following a brilliant debut campaign under Antonio Conte.

United begin the season at home to West Ham United, then go away to Swansea City, face Leicester City at home, then visit Stoke City. Pep Guardiola's City, meanwhile, will play Brighton (A), Everton (H), Bournemouth (A), Liverpool (H) and Watford (A).

Newcastle won to Championship last season to return to the top flight at the first time of asking.

The Manchester derbies between United and City are on the weekend of December 9-10, at Old Trafford, and the weekend of April 7-8, at Etihad Stadium.

The new Premier League fixtures have drawn the Reds at Vicarage Road, where Emre Can scored his stunning overhead kick goal during last May's encounter.

The sole home game is the visit of newcomers Brighton at the end of September, though the game will have to be moved to October 1 or 2.

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The challenge for Burnley is even greater as the champions have not lost on the opening day of the Premier League since going down to Coventry in 1998. In contrast, Manchester City, Leicester and Stoke are away in all three rounds.

West Ham faces playing its first three games away from its home at the London Stadium - the centerpiece of the 2012 Olympics - because the venue will be hosting the world athletics championship from August 4-13.

United fans can also look forward to a trip to Anfield on October 14, while the return fixture is on the March 10.

They play Arsenal and Burnley early on this time too, in their third and fifth fixtures respectively, with a trip to Manchester City sandwiched in between.

Manchester City will be looking to win the Premier League title next season, and we already know they'll need to make a statement in a very tough start to the campaign.

Should City find themselves in the knock-out phase of Europe's elite competition, they face a hard two-week period that could go a long way in determining their chances of silverware for the season.

The 2017/18 campaign finishes a week earlier than this year because of the World Cup in Russian Federation - with clubs again facing four games in 10 days between December 23 and January 1.

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