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Man City to play Arsenal in opening match of 2018-19 season-English

Premier League 2017-18 season champions Manchester City will play the opening match of 2018-19 season against Arsenal on the weekend of 11-12 August at Emirates Stadium.

While, Tottenham will visit Newcastle first, then play Fulham at Wembley and their new £850m stadium is completed. Manchester United host Leicester City, Liverpool entertain West Ham, and Championship winners Wolverhampton Wanderers welcome Everton to Molineux.

Other Championship sides Fulham will host Crystal Palace, while Cardiff will visit Bournemouth.

The three other fixtures on the opening weekend will see Chelsea travel to Huddersfield, Southampton host Burnley, and Watford take on Brighton at Vicarage Road.

“As you will note there is a home fixture scheduled for the weekend of 18/19 August 2018 and this match will be played as a home fixture at Wembley Stadium,” the club’s website said. “It was always our intention to seek permission to play the first few games away. In discussions with our coaching staff the preference was to break what would otherwise have been a continuous run of away games with one game at what was effectively our ‘home’ stadium last season.”

Schedule of opening weekend matches in full

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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