Chelsea will begin their title defense at home to Burnley when the 2017-18 Premier League season kicks off on the weekend of 11-13 August. The league season is set to finish on Sunday, 13 May, 2018 – a week earlier than last season – due to the World Cup finals in Russia starting on 14 June. Newly promoted Newcastle host Tottenham Hotspur, while Brighton welcome Manchester City and Huddersfield visit Crystal Palace.
Tottenham’s first league home game at Wembley Stadium will be against Antonio Conte’s champions on the second weekend of the season, and that promises to be one of the most important games of the early campaign. The precise dates and times of games will be set once TV schedules have been decided.
Questions have been raised about Spurs’ potential to perform at Wembley after a miserable run of results there in last season’s Champions League, and Mauricio Pochettino’s side will have a tough first test at their temporary home. The last time Spurs visited the national stadium was in the FA Cup semi-final, a game they lost 4-2 to this season’s first visitors – Chelsea. But it could prove a tricky opening few weeks for the defending champions, with the Blues hosting Everton (27 August), 2015-16 winners Leicester after the international break and then welcoming Arsenal (17 September).