Premier League fixtures 2018-19: Opening weekend, derbies and key dates

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Key entries on the English top-flight calendar as reigning champions, title hopefuls, new boys and summer signings ready themselves for the new season

As if the start of the World Cup was not exciting enough, we now know the schedule for the 2018-19 Premier League season.

Manchester City may have established domestic dominance in record-breaking style last time out, with Pep Guardiola’s side becoming the first to reach the fabled 100-point mark, but there are plenty of teams intent on making life considerably more difficult for the Blues in the defence of that crown.

Jose Mourinho is under pressure to deliver at Manchester United following a rare trophyless campaign, while Tottenham are determined to take the next step from also-rans to trophy winners with Mauricio Pochettino tied to fresh terms.

North London rivals Arsenal are entering a brave new world without Arsene Wenger, with Unai Emery about to get his first taste of life in the English top-flight, while there are plenty of issues to address at Chelsea as they seek to once again counter top-four failure with a title challenge.

Liverpool will also expect to be in the mix after reaching last season’s Champions League final, ambitious Wolves will be eager to make their mark among the elite, while Cardiff City and Fulham are back in the big time after four-year absences.


Premier League 2018-19 opening weekend


The first fixtures in the 2018-19 campaign will take place on the weekend of August 11/12.

Manchester City and Chelsea will have met at Wembley a week prior to the big kick-off in the Community Shield, with the first silverware of the season on the line.

The reigning champions will then open the defence of their crown with a heavyweight clash against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium – offering new Gunners boss Emery a baptism of fire.

FA Cup holders Chelsea start on the road at Huddersfield, while London rivals Tottenham are also away from home as they travel to St James’ Park to take on Newcastle.

Manchester United and Liverpool will take in home dates with Leicester City and West Ham respectively, with a visit to Anfield seeing Manuel Pellegrini – a title winner with Manchester City in 2014 – return to English top-flight management.

Elsewhere, Cardiff’s first game back in the Premier League takes them to Bournemouth, Fulham welcome capital foes Crystal Palace to Craven Cottage, and Wolves play host to Marco Silva’s Everton at Molineux.

Southampton entertain Burnley – last season’s surprise package – and Brighton go to Watford in the final fixtures on the opening weekend.

First round of fixtures
Bournemouth vs Cardiff City
Arsenal vs Manchester City
Fulham vs Crystal Palace
Huddersfield Town vs Chelsea
Liverpool vs West Ham
Manchester United vs Leicester City
Newcastle vs Tottenham
Southampton vs Burnley
Watford vs Brighton
Wolves vs Everton

Premier League 2018-19 derby dates


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The first big derby encounters of the new season are not due to take place until November, with those sides involved in such passionate fixtures given the opportunity to build some momentum before facing their fiercest rivals.

Manchester foes City and United will be the first to lock horns at the Etihad Stadium, followed by Tottenham and Chelsea – in a game which should be held at Spurs’ upgraded White Hart Lane home.

As things stands, December 1 will see north London pride put on the line as Arsenal play host to Tottenham while Liverpool are set to welcome Everton across Stanley Park to Anfield.

The reverse fixtures for those four sides are due to take place on the same weekend in early March 2019.

Manchester derby

Date Match
10/11/2018 Manchester City vs Manchester United
16/03/2019 Manchester United vs Manchester City

North London derby

Date Match
01/12/2018 Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur
02/03/2019 Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal

Merseyside derby

Date Match
01/12/2018 Liverpool vs Everton
02/03/2019 Everton vs Liverpool

London derby

Date Match
24/11/2018 Tottenham vs Chelsea
27/02/2019 Chelsea vs Tottenham

M23 derby

Date Match
04/12/2018 Brighton vs Crystal Palace
09/03/2019 Crystal Palace vs Brighton

Premier League 2018-19 title deciders


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The Premier League title picture always becomes a little clearer when the big boys lock horns, with there plenty of fixtures outside of the aforementioned derby contests which could determine the destination of the crown.

One of those takes place on the opening weekend, as Manchester City take on Arsenal, and the big games will come thick and fast from that point.

Date Match
18/08/2018 Chelsea vs Arsenal
25/08/2018 Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur
15/09/2018 Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool
29/09/2018 Chelsea vs Liverpool
06/10/2018 Liverpool vs Manchester City
20/10/2018 Chelsea vs Manchester United
27/10/2018 Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City
03/11/2018 Arsenal vs Liverpool
04/12/2018 Manchester United vs Arsenal
08/12/2018 Chelsea vs Manchester City
15/12/2018 Liverpool vs Manchester United
29/12/2018 Liverpool vs Arsenal
01/01/2019 Manchester City vs Liverpool
12/01/2019 Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United
19/01/2019 Arsenal vs Chelsea
02/02/2019 Manchester City vs Arsenal
09/02/2019 Manchester City vs Chelsea
23/02/2019 Manchester United vs Liverpool
09/03/2019 Arsenal vs Manchester United
30/03/2019 Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur
13/04/2019 Liverpool vs Chelsea
20/04/2019 Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur
27/04/2019 Manchester United vs Chelsea

The final round of Premier League fixtures in the 2018-19 campaign, which could see plenty still on the line at opposite ends of the table, is due to take place on May 12.

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