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Newcastle United briefing: Rafa Benitez on 'extra special' Liverpool reunion, player clearout

Newcastle United briefing: Rafa Benitez on 'extra special' Liverpool reunion, player clearout

The Blues face four of last term's top six on their return from continental action, with home games against Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United as well as a trip to Liverpool coming immediately after Champions League fixtures.

In the second week of the season, Tottenham play at Wembley for the first time in the Premier League, having played their European matches there last season, and welcome Chelsea to their new home.

Three weeks before that sees a mouthwatering couple of derbies with Liverpool hosting Everton and the Manchester derby - Pep Guardiola's City travelling to take on Jose Mourinho's United at Old Trafford.

Maurico Pochettino's first Premier League "home" match will be against the only team to finish above them last season. Between December 23 and January 1 they play four games: Everton, Brighton & Hove Albion, Stoke City and Arsenal.

Liverpool take on Watford, under the new management of Marco Silva, at Vicarage Road, while Spurs travel to Championship champions Newcastle United.

Spurs and West Ham are looking to reschedule home games which clash with prior commitments at Wembley and the London Stadium respectively.

"We also have a great game to round off the season with Chelsea visiting us on the last day of the season".

Everton host Stoke, Southampton face Swansea and West Brom are at home to Bournemouth in the other opening day matches.

The North London derby is usually the first fixture Arsenal fans look for when the new schedule comes out.

Supporters of all the Premier League clubs will have to hold off their plans on what games they plan on attending with many yet due to change for television.

The 2017-18 Premier League season will end one week earlier than usual on Sunday 13 May to allow for additional preparation time ahead of the World Cup in Russian Federation.

- Just one of the previous 25 reigning Premier League champions have lost their opening game in the following season - Leicester City v Hull City in 2016 (W20 D4 L1). Following their first four matches in the Champions League, they will make a trip to Chelsea.

Next season's fixtures were released on Wednesday, with West Ham to start their season at Manchester United followed by a home fixture on August 19 against Southampton.

The first Manchester derby will be at Old Trafford on December 9, the same weekend as the Merseyside derby at Anfield.

Similarly to Huddersfield, Brighton will be hoping to get enough points on the board before the final few games of the season as they too face a hard run-in, playing Spurs, Manchester United and Liverpool in three of their last four matches.

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