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Reigning champions Chelsea will start their title defence at home against Burnley, yet the early stages of the season include an away derby with Tottenham in the second week, plus matches against Arsenal and Manchester City in September.

Other teams to watch will be Tottenham, who will play their season's home games at Wembley, Everton, who are set to lose their best player Lukaku, and the two Manchester clubs who have already made significant moves in the transfer market.

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.

Elsewhere on the final day, Liverpool host Brighton, Chelsea will travel to St James' Park to face Newcastle and Tottenham face Leicester.

Arsenal will begin the new season at home to 2015/16 champions Leicester City, Liverpool are away to Watford and Everton take on Stoke City at Goodison Park. They then play Bournemouth (a), Liverpool (h), Watford (a) and Crystal Palace (h).

Premier League champion Chelsea will be the first visitor to Tottenham's temporary home of Wembley Stadium as part of a tough-looking start to its title defense.

The opening Merseyside Derby will be on December 9th at Anfield, while the first Manchester Derby of the season is scheduled for the same weekend.

Liverpool and Manchester United first meet at Anfield on 14 October, before Klopp's side go to Old Trafford on 10 March. So now Arsenal are in the Europa League and at least we do not have to do any qualifying games before the competition starts in earnest.

Arsenal, whose manager Arsene Wenger will be firmly in the sights of the disgruntled Gunners fans who didn't wanted him to sign a new contract, face a tricky trip to Chelsea the weekend after. Spurs took four points from Arsenal in the 2016-17 season, which included a 2-0 win at White Hart Lane, a match that ensured Spurs would finish ahead of Arsenal for the first time in over 20 years. United, Liverpool vs. Chelsea, Liverpool vs. Everton, City vs. Arsenal, City vs.

- Sergio Aguero has five goals in six previous opening day matches for Manchester City.

Chelsea will want to secure the Premier League once again before the final two games of the season.

But it could prove a tricky opening few weeks for the defending champions too, with Chelsea hosting Everton (26 August), visiting 2015-16 winners Leicester after the worldwide break and then welcoming Arsenal (16 September).

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