Blues to face Spurs in first Wembley tie

Tottenham hope to thrive in temporary home as new EPL fixture list is published

LONDON • English Premier League champions Chelsea will be the first opponents for runners-up Tottenham at their temporary home of Wembley on the second weekend of the 2017-18 campaign.

The new season's fixture list was published yesterday, and the Blues begin their title defence with a home tie on the weekend of Aug 12-13 against Burnley.

Spurs will be using the 90,000-seat Wembley Stadium while their new state-of-the-art home ground is being developed in north London.

However, they did not have good memories of the cavernous stadium last season. They were beaten by Chelsea in their FA Cup semi-final and lost two of their four European matches last season when they played "home" matches there instead of White Hart Lane .

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool have two testing fixtures on the third and fourth weekend of matches - hosting Arsenal and then an away trip to Manchester City.

Arsenal, whose manager Arsene Wenger will be firmly in the sights of the disgruntled Gunners fans who did not wanted him to sign a new contract, face a tricky trip to Chelsea the weekend after.

Arsenal will host Antonio Conte's champions on Jan 1 in the usual packed festive period programme which will see the teams play four matches apiece between Dec 23 and New Year's Day.

  • KEY 2017 FIXTURES

  • Aug 19 Tottenham v Chelsea

    Aug 26 Liverpool v Arsenal

    Sept 9 Man City v Liverpool

    Sept 16 Chelsea v Arsenal

    Sept 30 Chelsea v Man City

    Oct 14 Liverpool v Man United

    Oct 21 Tottenham v Liverpool

    Oct 28 Man United v Tottenham

    Nov 4 Chelsea v Man United, Man City v Arsenal

    Nov 18 Arsenal v Tottenham

    Nov 25 Liverpool v Chelsea

    Dec 2 Arsenal v Man United

    Dec 9 Liverpool v Everton, Man United v Man City

    Dec 16 Man City v Tottenham

    Dec 23 Arsenal v Liverpool

Three weeks before that sees a mouth-watering 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.

Man United's first meeting with Liverpool, always one of the highlights of the season, will be at Anfield on Oct 14.

For the trio of newly-promoted clubs, their opening fixtures see second-tier champions Newcastle host Spurs, while Premier League debutants Brighton entertain Man City and Huddersfield are away at Crystal Palace.

With both Brighton and Huddersfield tipped to be mired in a relegation battle, they both face daunting run-ins at the end of the season.

Huddersfield, out of the top flight since 1972, face Chelsea, Everton, Man City and Arsenal in their last four matches, while Tottenham, United and Liverpool are the opponents in three of Brighton's final four games.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 15, 2017, with the headline 'Blues to face Spurs in first Wembley tie'. Print Edition | Subscribe