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Premier League fixtures: Ten key dates for every fan's diary

There are some games that should not be missed next season – here's when they will be taking place

The Premier League season finished less than three weeks ago but football fans are already looking forward to the start of the new campaign, which gets underway on 12 August.

Details of each week's games can be found on the Premier League website and the BBC has a club-by-club guide.

But here are ten key dates and matches that should not be missed in the opening half of the season:

19 August: Spurs vs Chelsea

After a relatively low-key opening week the first major clash of the season pits the Premier League champions, Chelsea, against last season's runners-up, Spurs. 

Tottenham will be the home side, but they will be getting used to their new surroundings as they play at Wembley while White Hart Lane is rebuilt. They struggled there in Europe last season and lost 4-2 to Chelsea there in the FA semi-final earlier this year.

26 August: Liverpool vs Arsenal

For the third season running these two teams meet in August, and the clash will give a good indication of where they are in terms of a title challenge. Last season Arsenal suffered a chaotic defeat at Anfield on the opening weekend. This set the tone for a season of discontent.  

If Jurgen Klopp's side can get one over on the Gunners at Anfield it will give the Reds a boost and could lead to open warfare among Arsenal fans. 

16 September: Chelsea vs Arsenal

Last season's defeat to the Gunners prompted Antonio Conte to switch formations and romp to the title. The champions will also be out for revenge after Arsenal won the FA Cup in fine style at Wembley. 

Interestingly, this game comes after the first round of European matches, so is likely to be played on Sunday. How Chelsea respond to the added pressure of Europe will be key. Arsenal must get used to playing in the Europa League.

23 September: West Ham vs Spurs

Another week, another London derby. West Ham killed off Tottenham's title hopes at the London Stadium last season and the East Enders hope to land another blow on their north London rivals in this encounter.

30 September: Chelsea vs Manchester City

Title holders Chelsea are only third favourites to win the Premier League next season, with the bookies backing Pep Guardiola's Man City side to lift the trophy in May. 

City are 3-1 favourites with Chelsea 9-2 to retain the crown. This match will give a good indication of whether or not those odds are right.

14 October: Liverpool vs Man United

Perhaps the first mammoth clash of the season that will generate worldwide interest is also the first major test of the season for Jose Mourinho and United. 

The two most successful clubs in the country meet at Anfield and for once both will be aiming for the title. Both clubs will also have Champions League matches the following week to contend with, which could affect selection.

4 November: Chelsea vs Man United, Man City vs Arsenal

It's Manchester against London on bonfire weekend, and there should be plenty of fireworks at Stamford Bridge and the Etihad. 

Chelsea against United will be a battle of the pragmatists as Antonio Conte takes on Jose Mourinho, while the Premier League's biggest idealists, Pep Guardiola and Arsene Wenger, face off in Manchester.

18 November: Arsenal vs Spurs

Spurs finished above Arsenal for the first time in a generation last season, but they haven't won at the Emirates since 2010. A victory over their north London rivals in their own backyard would be an even bigger indication that the balance of power has shifted.

No matter what Arsene Wenger's standing is with Arsenal fans by the time this fixture comes around, victory will be imperative for his future prospects. 

28 November: Brighton vs Crystal Palace

Not a match that is likely to have much bearing on the title race, this game will be the biggest of the season for many fans on the South Coast. 

These two teams share a ferocious rivalry and have not met in the top flight of English football since 1981. It might not be pretty but it will be worth watching.

9 December: Everton vs Liverpool, Man United vs Man City, West Ham vs Chelsea

It's almost as if Christmas will have come early for fans as they sit back to enjoy three seismic derbies over one weekend. 

The clashes in Liverpool and Manchester will generate global interest. Ronald Koeman will be determined to get one over on Jurgen Klopp on Merseyside, while 'The Disease' could return to Manchester as Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola go head to head.

Down south in London the rivalry between West Ham and Chelsea should not be underestimated. Don't make any plans for this weekend.


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