Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Report outlines Wolves' target for first season back in Premier League

Ignazio Abate of AC Milan in action during the serie A match between AC Milan and Hellas Verona FC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza Arsenal and Chelsea to head for Dublin for International Champions Cup fixture - ExtraTime.ie
Lucia Summers | 14 June, 2018, 12:59

Unai Emery faces a baptism of fire as Arsenal manager after the Premier League fixture computer handed the Spaniard clashes against Manchester City and Chelsea in his first two competitive games since succeeding Arsene Wenger at the Emirates.

This is the sixth installment of the International Champions Cup, a pre-season competition involving 18 of the best teams in the world, including all of the Premier League's Top Six along with Barcelona and Real Madrid. After hosting West Ham, Jurgen Klopp's men face Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City in a run which also includes Crystal Palace, Brighton, Leicester and Southampton.

This is first time a club has been allowed to play home games at two venues in the same season.

But when are the 10 biggest fixtures of the season taking place?

Kim takes night tour of Singapore ahead of summit with Trump
It would be the first meeting between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. It heralded the summit as part of a "changed era". "Kim!" as the leader left the Marina Bay Sands during a city tour.

The league starts at the scandalously early date of Saturday, August 11 but the games will be spaced out so that there will only be four games played by the start of September [no midweek league fixtures].

Jose Mourinho will take his United side to Anfield and everyone will be hoping for more excitement than last year's 0-0 draw [barring a David De Gea wonder-save] provided.

The Blues face a trip to Huddersfield as they look to regain their title, while Spurs will be travelling to Rafa Benitez's Newcastle to open their account.

But given the way that the club handled the expectations and pressure of this past season and have wasted little time getting deals done this summer, it may not be a huge surprise if those closer to the periphery of the top six were concerned about what the newly-promoted side may achieve.

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