Ten PL games for your diary

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Last Updated: 14/06/17 10:15am

As the 2017/18 Premier League fixtures are announced, we pick out 10 mouth-watering games to pencil into your diary.

Premier League fixtures 2017/18

See your club’s Premier League schedule for the 2017/18 season.

Brighton v Manchester City, August 12

Newly-promoted Brighton will begin life in the Premier League at home to Manchester City on the opening day of the season. It is a thrilling prospect for the club’s fans, who have waited since 1982/83 to see their team back in the top flight. The Seagulls’ readiness will be immediately tested by City, with Pep Guardiola already midway through a summer spending spree.

Brighton and Hove Albion are in the Premier League for the first time

Brighton and Hove Albion are in the Premier League for the first time

Brighton and Hove Albion are in the Premier League for the first time

Tottenham v Chelsea, August 19

In a repeat of last season’s FA Cup semi-final, Chelsea will be Tottenham’s first visitors to Wembley on the second weekend of the season. Mauricio Pochettino’s side will be desperate to make a positive start to life at their temporary home, but it won’t be easy against the reigning Premier League champions. This will be the first heavyweight clash of the campaign.

Chelsea will be Tottenham's first Premier League visitors at Wembley

Chelsea will be Tottenham's first Premier League visitors at Wembley

Chelsea will be Tottenham’s first Premier League visitors at Wembley

Huddersfield v Newcastle, August 19

The first Premier League home game in Huddersfield’s history will come against newly-promoted rivals Newcastle United in the second week of the season. David Wagner’s side defied all expectations as they secured their spot in the top flight via the play-offs last season. The John Smith’s Stadium is sure to be rocking for its Premier League bow.

Huddersfield Town were promoted via the play-offs last season

Chelsea v Arsenal, September 16

Will Chelsea claim swift revenge for last season’s FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal? The Gunners clinched an unexpected 2-1 win at Wembley to deny Antonio Conte’s side the Double in May, and the Blues will be eager to put those memories behind them when Arsene Wenger and his players make the trip to west London in September.

Will Alexis Sanchez still be an Arsenal player when they face Chelsea?

Will Alexis Sanchez still be an Arsenal player when they face Chelsea?

Will Alexis Sanchez still be an Arsenal player when they face Chelsea?

Liverpool v Manchester United, October 14

The first Premier League meeting between English football’s two most successful clubs will come at Anfield in October. As always, there will be a lot riding on it, with both Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho are under pressure to improve on last season’s fourth and sixth-placed Premier League finishes. Who will strike the first blow in this great rivalry?

Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp exchange words on the touchline last season

Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp exchange words on the touchline last season

Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp exchange words on the touchline last season

Liverpool v Huddersfield, October 28

All eyes will be on Anfield at the end of October, when Klopp comes up against his old friend Wagner for the first time in the Premier League. Huddersfield boss Wagner managed Borussia Dortmund’s second team during Klopp’s time in charge at the Westfalenstadion, and the pair remain close friends to this day. Could the apprentice cause an upset against the master?

Klopp and David Wagner are old friends from their Borussia Dortmund days

Arsenal v Tottenham, November 18

Tottenham finished above Arsenal for the first time in over two decades last season, but can they maintain their superiority in 2017/18? The first north London derby of the season will come at the Emirates Stadium in November, where the Gunners will be desperate to end a run of three consecutive 1-1 draws at home to their bitter rivals.

Who will strike the first blow in the north London rivalry?

Who will strike the first blow in the north London rivalry?

Who will strike the first blow in the north London rivalry?

Crystal Palace v Brighton, November 28

There will be a new rivalry in the Premier League this season after Brighton joined Crystal Palace in the top flight. Forty miles separate the two teams, but they have been bitter foes since the 1970s, when they vied for promotion from the old third division under former Tottenham team-mates Alan Mullery and Terry Venables. Much has changed since those days, but there is no love lost between the Seagulls and the Eagles. Expect a feisty encounter in November.

Brighton are preparing to renew their rivalry with Crystal Palace

Brighton are preparing to renew their rivalry with Crystal Palace

Brighton are preparing to renew their rivalry with Crystal Palace

Manchester United v Manchester City, December 9

The weekend of December 9 looks like a mouth-watering prospect, with Manchester United hosting City in the first Manchester derby of the season while Merseyside rivals Liverpool and Everton go head to head at Anfield. The Old Trafford encounter will be a particularly significant one as City and United attempt to mount more convincing title challenges than last year.

Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho share a joke at Old Trafford last year

Manchester United v Arsenal, April 28

One of the stand-out games of the run-in sees Manchester United host Arsenal at the end of April. Both sides will hope to still be involved in the title race with just three games of the season remaining, so this Old Trafford encounter could have big ramifications. Mourinho’s formidable record against Wenger is well-documented, but the Frenchman can take some confidence from last season’s 2-0 win at the Emirates Stadium.

Manchester United will host Arsenal at Old Trafford at the end of April

Manchester United will host Arsenal at Old Trafford at the end of April

Manchester United will host Arsenal at Old Trafford at the end of April

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