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Premier League Talking Points

A deeper look at next season’s fixtures.

The Premier League fixtures for 2018-19 were announced this morning.

Here, Press Association Sport’s Simon Lovell takes a look at some of the
talking points.

Manchester City can really make hay
Pep Guardiola’s team do not appear to need much help, having dominated the Premier League as they did last season. However, facing the league’s newest six teams in their first eight games will have their title rivals wincing. Although they start at Arsenal and have a trip to Liverpool in October, in between Guardiola’s men face Huddersfield, Wolves, Newcastle, Fulham, Cardiff and Brighton.

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After a tricky opener, the calendar has been kind to the champions (Adam Davy/PA).

Oh no, Unai
Arsenal start the post-Arsene Wenger era with two tricky matches. Although Unai Emery’s first competitive match is at home, champions Manchester City are not the ideal opponents. A trip to Chelsea follows on the second weekend of the season.

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Unai Emery’s first Premier League game is against the champions (Adam Davy/PA).

Home help for Tottenham
Tottenham have announced their first home match of the season, against Fulham, will take place at Wembley as work on their new stadium is completed. Their first game at their new home – on the site of White Hart Lane – will be a glamour match against Liverpool in the sixth round of matches, in mid-September.

Liverpool are the glamorous opponents who will provide Tottenham with their first Premier League opposition at their new home ground (Adam Davy/PA).European relief
Domestic fixtures following European action have often proved to be a contentious subject for frustrated Premier League managers trying to balance the demands of different competitions. This season,
Liverpool are the main beneficiaries, with an Anfield Premier League contest scheduled to follow all six of their European matches. Although none of England’s other European qualifiers have done so well, none appears to have been dealt an especially bad hand.

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Jurgen Klopp is preparing for the new season

Newcomers get a fair start – but run-in is tough on Bluebirds
The early-season calendar appears kind on the three promoted teams, Cardiff, Wolves and Fulham. Although all have one of the top six in their opening four games, other teams have more daunting starts. New boys Huddersfield had a tough run-in last season, however – and it is the same story for Cardiff in 2018-19. Their last seven games include fixtures against Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United.

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Neil Warnock’s Cardiff have a challenging run-in (Paul Harding/PA).

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