English Premier League Releases Official 2017-2018 Schedule Cesc Fabregas compares Chelsea manager Antonio Conte to Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola - LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Swansea City at Stamford Bridge on February 25, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images) Full view

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Swansea City at Stamford Bridge on February 25, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

English Premier League Releases Official 2017-2018 Schedule

The English Premier League has released the full list of games for the 2017-2018 season, and defending champions Chelsea will host Burnley on opening day Aug. 12.

Chelsea to Host Burnley In Opening Week Of 2017-2018 Premier League Season

Tottenham Hotspur — last season’s second-place finishers — will visit Newcastle United for their opening day fixture.

Manchester United will host West Ham at Old Trafford on opening day, while Manchester City will kick off next season with an away game against promoted Brighton & Hove Albion.

The Premier League announced the opening game-day schedule on Twitter early Wednesday:

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger — who recently signed a new two-year contract to stay on as the club’s coach — will see his team face 2015-2016 Premier League winners Leicester City.

Meanwhile, Marco Silva’s first game as Watford’s manager will see his team face Liverpool at Vicarage Road on opening day.

Spurs are set to play their second game at temporary home Wembley in Week 3, although the team have noted there is a scheduling conflict with another sporting event on the day they are slated to play:

West Ham will also have to adjust to stadium changes next season. They are unable to play at home until September because the London Stadium will not be ready after hosting the World Athletics Championships. West Ham are set to face Southampton on Aug. 19.

Premier League newcomers Huddersfield Town will visit Crystal Palace in Week 1.

Here is the schedule for the first seven weeks of the 2017-2018 EPL. All games are subject to change:

Saturday, 12 August, 2017

Arsenal vs. Leicester City
Brighton vs. Manchester City
Chelsea vs. Burnley
Crystal Palace vs. Huddersfield Town
Everton vs. Stoke City
Manchester United vs. West Ham United
Newcastle United vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Southampton vs. Swansea City
Watford vs. Liverpool
West Bromwich Albion vs. AFC Bournemouth

Saturday, 19 August, 2017

AFC Bournemouth vs. Watford
Burnley vs. West Bromwich Albion
Huddersfield Town vs. Newcastle United
Leicester City vs. Brighton
Liverpool vs. Crystal Palace
Manchester City vs. Everton
Stoke City vs. Arsenal
Swansea City vs. Manchester United
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Chelsea
West Ham United vs. Southampton

Saturday, 26 August, 2017

AFC Bournemouth vs. Manchester City
Chelsea vs. Everton
Crystal Palace vs. Swansea City
Huddersfield Town vs. Southampton
Liverpool vs. Arsenal
Manchester United vs. Leicester City
Newcastle United vs. West Ham United
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Burnley
Watford vs. Brighton
West Bromwich Albion vs. Stoke City

Saturday, 9 September, 2017

Arsenal vs. AFC Bournemouth
Brighton vs. West Bromwich Albion
Burnley vs. Crystal Palace
Everton vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Leicester City vs. Chelsea
Manchester City vs. Liverpool
Southampton vs. Watford
Stoke City vs. Manchester United
Swansea City vs. Newcastle United
West Ham United vs. Huddersfield Town

Saturday, 16 September, 2017

AFC Bournemouth vs. Brighton
Chelsea vs. Arsenal
Crystal Palace vs. Southampton
Huddersfield Town vs. Leicester City
Liverpool vs. Burnley
Manchester United vs. Everton
Newcastle United vs. Stoke City
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Swansea City
Watford vs. Manchester City
West Bromwich Albion vs. West Ham United

Saturday, 23 September, 2017

Arsenal vs. West Bromwich Albion
Brighton vs. Newcastle United
Burnley vs. Huddersfield Town
Everton vs. AFC Bournemouth
Leicester City vs. Liverpool
Manchester City vs. Crystal Palace
Southampton vs. Manchester United
Stoke City vs. Chelsea
Swansea City vs. Watford
West Ham United vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Saturday, 30 September, 2017

AFC Bournemouth vs. Leicester City
Arsenal vs. Brighton
Chelsea vs. Manchester City
Everton vs. Burnley
Huddersfield Town vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester United vs. Crystal Palace
Newcastle United vs. Liverpool
Stoke City vs. Southampton
West Bromwich Albion vs. Watford
West Ham United vs. Swansea City

The season will end on May 13, a week earlier than last season. The 2018 FIFA World Cup Finals begin in Russia on June 14, which means there are now just 364 days left before that tournament starts. The English Football League schedule will be released on June 21.

The full season schedule can be viewed on the league’s website at www.premierleague.com/fixtures.

In related news, Premier League officials are considering holding some games on Saturday nights. Ben Rumsby of The Telegraph explained the details of the possible new development:

“Scheduling some matches for 7.45pm on Saturdays was discussed during the league’s summer shareholders’ meeting last week ahead of the upcoming launch of the tender process for its next domestic broadcast deal.

A final decision is expected this autumn, when clubs will also decide how many fixtures to make available to broadcasters between 2019-22 when the rights for those seasons are sold early year.”

Here is Chelsea’s full 2018 title run-in schedule:

31/03/2018    15:00    Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur

07/04/2018    15:00    Chelsea v West Ham United

14/04/2018    15:00    Southampton v Chelsea

21/04/2018    15:00    Chelsea v Huddersfield Town

28/04/2018    15:00    Swansea City v Chelsea

05/05/2018    15:00    Chelsea v Liverpool

13/05/2018    15:00    Newcastle United v Chelsea

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 25: Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Swansea City at Stamford Bridge on February 25, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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Written by Pablo Mena