Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Chelsea announce pre-season fixtures, Blues to face Arsenal in Dublin

Chelsea announce pre-season fixtures, Blues to face Arsenal in Dublin

And he will face a baptism of fire in his very first game in charge, with none other than champions Manchester City up first at home on the opening day of 2018/19.

Newly-promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers have reportedly set an ambitious target of finishing in sixth place in their first season back in the Premier League.

Liverpool face Manchester City on 26 July in the United States, then face Manchester United two days later.

The league starts at the scandalously early date of Saturday, August 11 but the games will be spaced out so that there will only be four games played by the start of September [no midweek league fixtures].

It is a similar story for neighbours United, who begin at home to Leicester.

Perhaps the most eagerly anticipated game next season will not be the Manchester derby, but the first clash between City and Liverpool at Anfield on October 6.

And 2019 faces an explosive start with Liverpool due to travel to the Etihad for what promises to be another key game in the battle for the title next season.

Jose Mourinho will take his United side to Anfield and everyone will be hoping for more excitement than last year's 0-0 draw [barring a David De Gea wonder-save] provided.

Oh yes, and Mikel Arteta will be on the touchline at the Emirates Stadium at the start of the new season after all...

Arsenal will play Chelsea on 1 August in the International Champions Cup.

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