EPL: Chelsea host Burnley on opening day

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With the fixtures of the 2017/18 Premier League out, we take a look at some of the current Champion's (Chelsea) most interesting games and the dates for next season.

Manchester City are set for a pre-season friendly against West Ham United in Iceland eight days before the Premier League campaign starts.

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.

Chelsea will open the defence of their sixth top-flight title on home soil at Stamford Bridge, it has been confirmed.

Tottenham lost to Chelsea in an FA Cup semifinal match at Wembley last season, and also lost two of its three games at the national stadium in the group stage of the Champions League.

Read on to find see how Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United's final fixtures compare - from the easiest to the toughest.

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Regarding midweek matches, the group raises concerns about a lack of away fan support at the games, especially with public transportation not available late in the evening from some cities.

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Everton could well hold Chelsea, but Man City should claim another win, while Liverpool are at their most comfortable when playing bigger sides, especially Arsenal, having put seven goals past the Gunners last season.

The 2017/18 campaign finishes a week earlier than this year because of the World Cup in Russian Federation - with clubs again facing four games in 10 days between December 23 and January 1.

Liverpool then face Arsenal at Anfield in week three, while the Reds must also travel to the Etihad Stadium in week four for a meeting with Manchester City.

In their first top flight game since 1972, 45 long years, fairytale Championship playoff winners Huddersfield Town head south to London to play Crystal Palace.

Liverpool face a tougher start with Arsenal and City in their opening four fixtures.

Brighton, meanwhile, are back in English football's top division for the first time since the 1982-83 season.

Spurs, who have moved out of White Lane while their new stadium is being built, face the champions Chelsea at their temporary home on the second weekend of the campaign.

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