2018/19 Premier League Fixtures: Unai Emery faces tricky start to life at Arsenal

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 14 June 2018, 09:42

New Arsenal head coach Unai Emery will lock horns with Pep Guardiola’s defending Premier League champions Man City at the Emirates in his first game in charge of the Gunners.

The Spaniard, who succeeded Arsene Wenger last month, will then take his troops over to London rivals Chelsea - and whoever their manager will be - the following weekend, while his first taste of the north London derby is set for the opening day of December.

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez has been linked with a move away from St James’ Park this summer, but the Spaniard looks all set to stay, although he may not be too happy at the fixture list as his troops face the likes of Tottenham, Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal in their first five games.

Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs, who make the trip to the Toon on the first game, will move into their new stadium on the weekend of 15/16 September against Liverpool.

The opening day sees the new Everton boss Marco Silva take the Toffees to Molineux where they face Nuno Santo’s Championship winners Wolves.

Manuel Pellegrini is back in England with West Ham, after replacing David Moyes, but the Chilean has been handed a tough opening clash away to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.

Neil Warnock takes Cardiff to the south coast where they face Eddie Howe's Bournemouth, while Slavisa Jokanovic’s Fulham host Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace.

Chelsea supporters don’t yet know who will be managing their team next season - Antonio Conte? Maurizio Sarri? Laurent Blanc? - but they at least know who they come up against on the first day: David Wagner’s Huddersfield up in West Yorkshire.

Jose Mourinho’s Man Utd host Claude Puel’s Leicester, while Chris Hughton’s Brighton travel to the home of Javi Gracia’s Watford.

Elsewhere, Mark Hughes begins his permanent spell at Southampton at home to Sean Dyche’s Burnley.

Opening Day Fixtures

  • Arsenal v Manchester City
  • Bournemouth v Cardiff City
  • Fulham v Crystal Palace
  • Huddersfield Town v Chelsea
  • Liverpool v West Ham United
  • Manchester United v Leicester City
  • Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur
  • Southampton v Burnley
  • Watford v Brighton
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers v Everton

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