Last Updated: 13/06/17 4:48pm
The summer transfer window is already open and clubs can step up their preparations for the new Premier League season when the 2017/18 fixtures are released on Wednesday.
Top-flight clubs across the country will discover their curtain-raisers, run-ins, Christmas programme and derby dates when the schedules are published at 9am on Wednesday, June 14 – and you can follow it all with Sky Sports as we gear up for another bumper season of live football.
Where will the likes of Jose Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp and Antonio Conte start in August? What will the opening month have in store for Arsene Wenger following his decision to stay on at Arsenal? Will new boys Newcastle, Brighton and Huddersfield get tricky or sympathetic starts? And which clashes could prove crucial at the business end of the campaign? Here’s all you need to know and how to get the news and reaction, wherever you are…
When are the fixtures released?
All 380 Premier League fixtures for the 2017/18 season will be released at 9am on Wednesday, June 14.
Fans of Sky Bet EFL clubs will have to wait a little longer; the schedules for the Championship, League One and League Two are out on Wednesday, June 21 and the SPFL fixtures will be published two days later on June 23.
When will Sky’s first live games be announced?
That’s still to be confirmed but we expect to bring you details of the first batch of Premier League fixtures – those to be shown live on Sky Sports in August and September – at the beginning of July.
Sky Sports, the home of Premier League football, will show 126 live top-flight games in 2017/18 and mobile users will once again be able to see in-game goals and match highlights.
When does the new season start?
The new Premier League season kicks off on the weekend of August 12/13 and finishes on Sunday, May 13, 2018.
The Sky Bet EFL season starts a week earlier on the weekend of August 4-6 and concludes on the weekend of May 5, with the Wembley play-offs – starting with the Championship showdown this time – already booked in for 26-28 May.
Scottish league football gets going on the weekend of August 5, with the Championship, League 1 and League 2 terms concluding on Saturday, April 28 and Premiership finale on May 12/13.
Any other key dates?
The Community Shield clash between champions Chelsea and FA Cup winners Arsenal is scheduled to take place on August 6, while the League Cup – newly named the Carabao Cup – starts for lower-league clubs in the week commencing August 7. The first-round draw for the Carabao Cup will be streamed live on skysports.com from Bangkok on Friday.
Manchester United have a European Super Cup clash with Real Madrid on August 8, while Liverpool have a Champions League play-off tie to navigate (August 15/16) just days after the start of the league season. Everton’s bid to reach the Europa League proper starts even earlier, on July 27.
The Champions League group stage gets underway on September 12/13, while Arsenal will begin their Europa League group campaign on September 14.
How can I stay up-to-date with the fixtures?
Whether you’re on the move or watching at home, Sky Sports is the place for all the news and reaction.
– Sky Sports News HQ – channel 406 – will bring you details of your club’s schedule as the clock strikes 9am, as well as reaction from studio guests and clubs up and down the country.
– If you’re out and about, our live blog will bring you details of all the fixtures, plus analysis, reaction and social media.
– Fixtures by club will be available on skysports.com and via the Sky Sports apps.
– Push notifications will deliver the news straight to your phone – download the Sky Sports Score Centre app, set your favourite team and subscribe to push notifications (fixture push notifications will be for Premier League teams only)
Watch Sky Sports News HQ from 9am on Wednesday to find out your club’s fixtures or follow via our live blog from 7am. You’ll find news of all the fixtures – plus club-by-club guides – on skysports.com and via the Sky Sports apps from 9am.