Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Manchester City to start title defence at Arsenal

Manchester City to start title defence at Arsenal

Everton are the opposition at Goodison Park in the first fixture of 2019 on New Year's Day, while Puel's side will also face a testing end to the campaign.

The season starts with an away trip to newly-promoted Wolves which will test Marco Silva as much as an away trip to a newly-promoted side will on the opening day of the season, and the first home game is against Liverpool's feeder club, Southampton.

Fans are reminded that throughout the season there will be alterations to the fixtures.

And the key fixtures remain the first that demand the attention, with the titanic battles between the main title challengers always primed to be pivotal dates in the calendar.

The first Manchester derby of the season is scheduled for November 10 at the Etihad Stadium, and the reverse will take place on March 16 at Old Trafford.

They begin their Premier League season at home to West Ham before facing Crystal Palace, Brighton and Leicester.

The Premier League has given Tottenham special permission to play their home games in more than one stadium as rules do not allow it, while the Football Association extended their deadline until Friday to allow Spurs extra time to decide whether they wanted to return to Wembley.

Chelsea, who remain in a state of flux with question marks over their owner, manager and star players, have been handed a low-key start to the season, aside from the early meeting with Arsenal.

Tor Andre Flo was also involved with the launch and having played here in 2003 with Norway, he is excited about returning again with Chelsea as part of the pre -season preparations in August.

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