Chelsea 1st to visit Tottenham at Wembley in Premier League

Arsenal- July 3

English champions Chelsea open their title defence against Burnley at Stamford Bridge. The Reds have been thoroughly unconvincing in their last two trips to Watford, losing 3-0 at Vicarage Road in December 2015, before sneaking a scrappy 1-0 win their last month when they relied upon a freakish Emre Can wondergoal.

The Kop faithful always look forward to showdowns with bitter rivals Manchester United and the first meeting between the two sides will be at Anfield on October 14.

The fact Arsenal are in the Europa League has affected them along with the doubts over Alexis Sanchez remaining at the club, with their odds post fixture reveal going as wide as 11-1, with five out of six matches following Europa League games coming away from the Emirates.

Chris Hughton's side will welcome Manchester City to the Amex Stadium for the club's first top-flight match since 1983 on the opening weekend of August 12/13.

Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United are evenly matched, so results in the mini-league between these six will play the main role in deciding a title victor.

Arsenal face some hard early tests to start of next season, as the schedule pits Arsene Wenger's team against some big rivals in the opening weeks.

A tweet from the club read: "Please note: Burnley (H) Aug 26 is the same day as the Rugby League Challenge Cup Final and will need to be rescheduled".

It will be West Ham's final friendly clash before their opening Premier League fixture at Manchester United the following weekend.

Everton commence their campaign against Stoke City at Goodison Park, while the other games on the first matchday see Southampton host Swansea City and West Brom welcome Bournemouth to the Hawthorns. Crystal Palace, now managerless, have been victorious just once in their last six attempts after only losing one of the previous 10.

The season opener for City will be on the road to newly promoted Brighton & Hove Albion, who will certainly make the Amex Stadium a insane atmosphere for the team's first ever Premier League match. Their first home game against a major side is on November 18 when Tottenham visit the Emirates.

Check out the full list of every Premier League side's fixtures, here.

"We want to start well, and make up for what happened there on the last day of the season two years ago".

Manchester United United have a relatively easy start at the beginning of the new season starting with a home fixture against West Ham United.

Bookies reacted to the fixtures publication with William Hill making Chelsea 3/1 second favorite to retain its title, with City 2/1 the favorite.

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