Chelsea first opponents for Spurs at new 'home' Wembley

Eric Dier

The first fixture between likely rivals for the Premier League title comes on the second weekend, August 19 and 20, when Spurs mark their first home match at Wembley by taking on London rivals Chelsea.

It then gets more hard for Antonio Conte and his team, which takes on Tottenham in the second round before games against Leicester away and Manchester City, Arsenal and Everton at home as part of their first seven games.

The six games due to come after United's Champions League group games are: Everton at home; Crystal Palace at home; Huddersfield Town away; Chelsea away (!); Brighton & Hove Albion at home; Manchester City at home (!).

Rafael Benitez's men beat Spurs 5-1 at St James' Park the last time they played a Premier League game.

Three weeks before that sees a mouthwatering 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.

Everton host Stoke, Southampton face Swansea and West Brom are at home to Bournemouth in the other opening day matches.

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United kick off their campaign with a home game against Tottenham Hotspur, last season's runners-up.

The first Manchester derby of the season takes place at Old Trafford on the weekend of 9 December, while the reverse fixture will take place on April 7, 2018.

The festive programme is typically packed, with a full round of fixtures two days before Christmas.

Arsene Wenger's side opening group stage fixture is scheduled for September 14 with a trip to Stamford Bridge, where they're not won in their last five visits, several days later. Though the season is still two months away and the preseason is just a little under one month away - Chelsea are set to reconvene at Cobham on July 7th, according to a few fragments of tabloidy news - we can now at least have something concrete to look forward to.

Tottenham's hopes of going one better and winning the Premier League title depend on quickly making Wembley feel like home and they must have prayed for a relatively kind start at the national stadium.

Mourinho will, though, be grateful of a home game on the opening day with the Super Cup against Real Madrid in Macedonia scheduled for August 8. In contrast, Manchester City, Leicester and Stoke are away in all three rounds.

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