Manchester City to start title defence at Arsenal

Fulham's Serbian manager Slavisa Jokanovic watches from the touchline during the English Championship play-off final football match between Aston Villa and Fulham at Wembley Stadium

The Gunners will take on the champions at the Emirates on the opening weekend of the season, which takes place on August 11, before then travelling to Stamford Bridge for a London derby in their second game.

Manchester United and Spurs are away four times before group games, while Manchester City are on the road twice before European fixtures.

The match will also be new Arsenal manager Unai Emery's first in English football's top flight. The 2017/18 runners-up have Tottenham at home in their third game, with Brighton, Burnley, Watford, Wolves, West Ham and Newcastle are their other early season opponents.

In their final five games of the season, the Magpies face Leicester, Southampton, Brighton, Liverpool and Fulham.

They will be hosting Huddersfield on Boxing Day before travelling to Newcastle United on New Year's Day.

As with every year, fixtures and kick-off times are all subject to change as and when the relevant games are chosen for broadcasting.

Their first major fixture of the season will then be with Tottenham Hotspur on September 15, while the first clash with Manchester United is scheduled for December 15 at Anfield.

They finished 25 points behind champions Manchester City in 2017-18, and while the Sky Blues enjoyed a record-breaking campaign, Liverpool's points tally of 75 would only have been good enough for fifth the season before.

Fulham begin with London derbies against Crystal Palace and Tottenham, while Cardiff follow their opener at Bournemouth with a home game against Newcastle.

Some have predicted a long unbeaten start to the campaign for Manchester United and believe Mourinho's men need to hit the ground running if they have wrestle away the title from local rivals Manchester City next season.

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