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Manchester City to start title defence at Arsenal

20 June 2018

Tottenham must confirm by Friday whether they will need to use Wembley - their home ground for 2017-18 - for any games next season.

Some of us won't have got past those first few fixtures...

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

As you can see from the table below, only Wolves are deemed to have a tougher start than Newcastle United.

Liverpool have been handed six home games directly after UCL fixtures, whereas Man United, Man City and Spurs have all been scheduled with a split three home and three away games.

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So basically, the first five weeks of Newcastle's season is on average up against top four opposition, bring it on!

Premier League champions Manchester City will start their title defence at Arsenal.

City won five of our six games against newly-promoted clubs last season - drawing 0-0 against Huddersfield - and have a fine record against all three of the 2018/19 newbies.

The Times, UK, reports that Manchester City's Pep Guardiola and Tottenham's Maurico Pochettino are said to be unconcerned by the situation, but that Mourinho is angry with the Premier League and their decision-making process.

Two of Liverpool's home games after Champions League nights will be against teams also battling in the competition.

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Across Manchester, Jose Mourinho remains unbeaten on opening day.

City host the first of the 2018/19 clashes, welcoming United to the Etihad Stadium on 10 November and our visit to Old Trafford takes place on 16 March. Those games are in between two Champions League fixtures and an global break.

Since their promotion in 2015, they have started with a draw in all three seasons - against Everton, Southampton and then dramatically against Liverpool a year ago thanks to Miguel Britos' stoppage-time equaliser.

The 2016-17 champions open up with a trip to Huddersfield Town and then face Newcastle, Bournemouth, Cardiff and West Ham in quick succession after hosting Arsenal.

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Manchester City to start title defence at Arsenal