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