West Ham reschedule opening home game against Southampton

Ross Houston
June 16, 2017

The league season is set to finish on Sunday, 13 May 2018 - a week earlier than last season - with the World Cup finals in Russian Federation starting on 14 June.

With the 2017-18 English Premier League fixtures being announced, ESPN previews the opening fixtures and key dates of the North London, Manchester and Merseyside derbies.

During a two week stretch between January 31 and February 10, Spurs must host United and Arsenal at Wembley while going on the road to face Liverpool at Anfield.

Although their campaign opens with a home clash against Leicester, continental commitments for the Gunners mean Arsene Wenger's side will have to work extra hard if they want to return to the top four.

It is expected to be a testing campaign for Brighton following promotion as Sky Bet Championship runners-up, who face Tottenham, Manchester United and Liverpool in the final month of the season. That will be their fourth meeting with Chelsea in a short span following the FA Cup final, a preseason friendly in China and the Community Shield. Everton and Arsenal come to Stamford Bridge, while Chelsea travel to Brighton and Stoke.

Liverpool and Chelsea are due to meet in the penultimate round of fixtures, with Manchester United and Arsenal are scheduled to play at Old Trafford in game 36.

- This is the seventh successive Premier League season that Tottenham will play their opening Premier League game away from home.

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.

The Terriers' first game back in the top flight since 1972 is a repeat of their last, when they drew 0-0 at Selhurst Park in April that year.

This fixture proved the catalyst for last season's eventual champions, although nobody knew it at the time.

Chris Hughton's side go to Leicester on the second weekend, before visiting Watford.

Tottenham's visit to Stoke City is sandwiched by games against Chelsea and City in a potentially pivotal period, but the run-in crucially softens in the final four fixtures as Spurs seek a maiden Premier League title.

Chelsea begin the defence of their title with a home fixture at Stamford Bridge on the weekend of August 12/13 against Burnley, who had a awful time away from home last season. Spurs will travel to Everton, West Ham, and Huddersfield in this time frame while hosting Burnley, Bournemouth, and Swansea City.

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