F.A. release Premier League fixtures –

ChampionsChelseawillopentheirdefenceofthePremierLeagueathometoBurnleyontheWeekendof12-13august,whilerunnersupTottenhamwilltraveltotheNorthEasttotakeonNewlypromotedNewcastleUnited,whilefellowpromotionwinnersBrightonwillhostManchesterCityandHuddersfieldTownwillmaketheirPremierLeaguedebutatCrystalPalace。

Thereissomebigclash’sinthefirstcoupleofrounds,asTottenham,whowillplayallhomefixturesnextseasonatWembleyStadiumwhileworkisnoneonanewstadium,willhostChampionsChelseainthe2ndweekoffixtures。

Itdoesn’tgetanyeasierforChelseaastheythenhostEvertonthefollowingweekbeforevisitingformerChampionsLeicestercity。

Lastyear’s3rdplacedLiverpool,willtraveltotheEtihadStadiumtotakeonManchestercitywhofinished4thwithinthefirstfewroundsjustaweekafterhostinglastyear’sfifthplacefinishersArsenalatAnfield。

OffalltheclubsinvolvedinChampionsleaguefootballnextseason,EuropaCupwinnersManchesterUnitedhavepossiblytheeasieststarttotheseasonastheydon’tfaceanyoflastyear’stopfourfinishersuntiltheyvisitAnfieldontheweekendof14OctobertofaceLiverpool。

TheChristmasperiodwillbeexceptionallybusyfortheEnglishclubsinvolvedinthechampionsleaguewithatotalof8leaguegamesplayedbetweenDecember2ndandJan1st,inadditiontothefinalroundoftheChampions’leaguegroupstagematch’sandtraditionallythefifthroundoftheleaguecup。

Withallthisfixtures,clubswillbeplayingatotalof4gamesovera9-dayperiod。

ThefactChelseadidn’thavetocontendwithChampionsLeaguefixtures,mayhavebeenafactorintheirmarchtothePremierleaguetitlelastseason。

However,thisseasontheydoanditwillmakethedefenceslightlyharderastheymustfacefouroflastseason’stopsixfinishersofthebackofamid-weekchampionsleaguegame,astheywelcomeArsenal,MANCityandManunitedtoStamfordbridgealongwithatoughtriptoLiverpoolimmediatelyafterachampionsleaguefixture。

Althoughtheyarenottheonlyteamthatthiscouldaffect,asthefirstManchesterderbyisdaysafterthefinalchampion’sLeaguegroupmatchinearlyDecember,whileCitywillalsotakeonArsenaldirectlyafteranearlierchampionsleaguefixture。

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