Chelsea first to face Spurs at new 'home'

Taylor Byrd
June 15, 2017

We've ranked the top-six's run-ins using the last season's average positions of their final six opponents, with newly-promoted Newcastle, Brighton and Huddersfield taking 18th, 19th and 20th respectively.

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.

On Boxing Day, Chelsea are at home to Brighton, Liverpool take on Swansea at Anfield, United host Burnley and Tottenham play Southampton at Wembley.

It's something David Wagner's men will hope to take advantage of, given that they play Chelsea, Everton, Man City and Arsenal in their final four games.

It's also compounded by the fact that of the six group stage games, we're away from home in five of following Premier League fixtures.

Of the other promoted sides, Newcastle United are at home against last season's runners-up Tottenham.

Manchester United meet West Ham United at Old Trafford on opening weekend and then face Swansea City, Leicester, Stoke, Everton and Southampton.

However, this is the first match of what appears to be a tricky start for the Blues as they also face Spurs, Everton, Leicester City and Arsenal in the opening weeks of the season.

Europa League winners Manchester United do not face another Champions League qualifier until they visit Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool on the weekend of 14-15 October.

The 2017/18 campaign finishes a week earlier than this year because of the World Cup in Russian Federation - with clubs again facing four games in 10 days between December 23 and January 1.

Spurs face Chelsea in their first league game at Wembley in the second week of the season.

With arch rivals Crystal Palace visiting on November 28th. This season the first one comes during a challenging stretch for the Gunners, but Arsenal will be desperate for a win to reclaim some bragging rights after finishing below Spurs for the first time under Wenger. Their first home game against a major side is on November 18 when Tottenham visit the Emirates.

It's highly unlikely that Arsene Wenger would go into the season as short of options as he was last season, the Frenchman reportedly pursuing some top targets to put Arsenal back in hunt for the Premier League title.

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