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Next season's Premier League fixtures have been released

Liverpool fixtures GETTYLiverpool fixtures released today for the Premier League 2017-18 season
Sammy Stanley | 28 June, 2017, 04:27

Fans of Premier League clubs have expressed concern at the scheduling of next season's fixtures.

There will be no easing into life in the top flight for those promoted from the Championship, with Brighton's first game in the Premier League coming at home to Pep Guardiola's Manchester City.

Town have been handed a teak-tough end to their maiden Premier League season and visit champions Chelsea on April 21 and welcome Everton on April 28.

Wenger can provide early vindication to the club's decision to extend his contract with a win at Anfield on August 26.

In the years when there isn't a major global tournament, the release of the following season's fixtures can be one of the few highlights of the footballing summer as fans plan their year around which matches they're going to attend.

The fixture will conclude West Ham's preseason games and see Pablo Zabaleta given the opportunity to face his former side.

The first of those will be at Stamford Bridge against the champions.

The Reds had been scheduled to host the Clarets on August 20 in their first home game of the campaign, but, due to Main Stand renovations at Anfield, the match took place at Turf Moor instead.

- Brighton has won just one of its last five opening fixtures to a league season (D1 L3).

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One official said that the CAC had backed Kumble's extension without interviewing any of the candidates who had applied so far. Shastri and Ganguly then went on to trade several blows in full public view, accusing each other of lacking professionalism.

Champions Chelsea will open the defence of their league title at home when they host Burnley on the first day of the new season.

This morning, the FA released the provisional fixture list for the 2017/18 season. Mourinho will do everything in his power to avoid a similar fate.

"But this is the Premier League - every game you play in the Premier League is going to be a challenge, particularly when you haven't been there before". Often, how a team performs during that period determines has a bearing on where they will end up.

City are 3-1 favourites with Chelsea 9-2 to retain the crown. It is a game that could indicate which side is better equipped to finish in the top four.

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

September and October sees Chris Hughton's side make their first ever visits to the Emirates and the Olympic Park to face Arsenal and West Ham respectively, along with south-coast clashes against Bournemouth and Southampton.

Next season, Tottenham will play all their games at Wembley.

This time previous year, West Brom had the worst opening day record, having lost 11 of their last 20 opening matches. This game between the two will be the last featuring two of the top six clubs.

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