Man city will begin their title defence at Arsenal

 

Premier League champions Manchester city will begin their title  defence  away to Arsenal on the weekend of August 11-12, the English Premier League announced Thursday as it unveiled the fixtures for the 2018/19 season .

The match will also be new Arsenal manager Unai Emery’s first in English football’s top flight.

The exact date  of the game will be confirmed when television broad-casting schedules are drawn up .

City amassed 100 points and scored 106 goals while finishing 19 points clear of second – placed Manchester United in the 2017/ 18 season .

Following the Arsenal game, city do not face another top-six team until they are away to Liverpool who beat pep Guardiola’s men in the  quarter- finals of the Champions League last season in October.

In between those two eye-catching fixtures, city will play the newly-promoted trio of  Wolverhampton Wanderers, Cardiff city and Fulham, as well as last year’s promoted teams Huddersfield , Newcastle and Brighton.

Manchester United begin their league campaign at home to Leicester city and face a potentially tricky encounter in their third game when Tottenham Hotspur come to Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho’s side face Brighton and Hove Albion, Burnley , Watford and Wolves in other early season games.

Liverpool , the losing Champions  League finalists, appear to have he easiest start of any of the likely title-contenders.

They begin their premier League season at home to  west Ham before facing crystal palace, Brighton and Leicester.

 

 

 

 

 

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