Premier League champions Manchester City have been handed a tricky start to their defence in the 2018-19 season as they travel to the Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal, where plenty of football tickets will be snapped up for Unai Emery’s first competitive match.
Arsenal’s rivals Tottenham Hotspur head to St. James’ Park where Newcastle United will be waiting for them before a London derby against newly-promoted Fulham at Wembley Stadium – due to the club’s new £850m stadium not expected to be ready in time.
In terms of other promoted sides, Sky Bet Championship champions Wolverhampton Wanderers welcome Everton to Molineux Stadium as The Toffees begin what many supporters hope will be a new-improved era under Marco Silva.
Cardiff City have a date with the seaside as they face AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium, while play-off winners Fulham’s opening fixture is against fellow Londoners Crystal Palace at Craven Cottage as both sides experience selling Premier League tickets once again.
José Mourinho’s Manchester United host Leicester City at Old Trafford whilst Liverpool will look to bounce back from their heart-shattering Champions League Final defeat when West Ham United visit Anfield under the management of Mauricio Pellegrini.
Chelsea complete ‘the big six’ line-up, and they will head to West Yorkshire where Huddersfield Town promise to be a stern test – even though the Emirates FA Cup winners are still unclear who their manager will be going into the new campaign.
Elsewhere, plenty of football tickets will be on offer as Southampton are up against UEFA Europa League club Burnley at St. Mary’s Stadium and it’ll be Watford versus Brighton & Hove Albion at Vicarage Road to round off the opening weekend fixtures.
New Arsenal head coach Emery couldn’t have really asked for a tougher start in the land of Premier League tickets after taking the reins from Arsène Wenger, who announced his shock retirement after 22 years in charge at the end of last season.
After the visit of last term’s runaway champions Man City, Emery and Co travel across the capital city to Stamford Bridge for another colossal clash against Chelsea – the French manager could learn to adapt to the English top-flight the hard way.
Arsenal are also staring at difficult back-to-back fixtures at the start of the always-hectic December schedule as Spurs play the North London derby at the Emirates before Man United away is checked off the list afterwards.
Spurs face three away games in their opening four games, but the start to life at their new state-of-the-art stadium will be well worth the wait. The first showpiece set to take place will be against Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool in mid-September – a phenomenal occasion awaits.
Pep Guardiola’s City, as well as United, Spurs and Liverpool will all take part in next season’s UEFA Champions League and, depending on fixture changes, you can see what is in store for each of the four sides whilst their group stage matches are taking place.
Liverpool have to play away from home before all of their six group games, including at Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs. United and the latter don’t have it much better though, facing four away games before their group outings – City are on the road twice.
Premier League fans never look forward to the first international break once the season is up and running, but that will take place after four rounds of fixtures over the weekend of 8-9 September.
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2018-19 Premier League opening weekend fixtures (10-13 August):
AFC Bournemouth vs Cardiff City
Arsenal vs Manchester City
Fulham vs Crystal Palace
Huddersfield Town vs Chelsea
Liverpool vs West Ham United
Manchester United vs Leicester City
Newcastle United vs Tottenham Hotspur
Southampton vs Burnley
Watford vs Brighton & Hove Albion
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Everton