EPL fixtures out, Champs Chelsea face Burnley on opening day
Defending English Premier League champions Chelsea will host Burnley at Stamford Bridge on August 12, on the opening day of the 2017/2018 season.
This was revealed on Wednesday, as the country’s league body released its fixtures for the coming season.
Chelsea could however start the new season without lead striker Diego Costa.
The Brazilian-born Spanish forward recently indicated that club manager Antonio Conte doesn’t need him at the club and thus, he is seeking a move.
Conte, according to media reports, is seeking to replace Costa with Romelu Lukaku.
In other fixtures of the opening day, Victor Wanyama’s Tottenham Hotspur, who finished second last season, and are yet to make any new signings, will travel to newly promoted Newcastle United.
Manchester United, who have signed centre back Victor Lindelof and are also actively chasing Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, will host West Ham, while Liverpool travel to Watford as Arsenal host Leicester at the Emirates.
The 2017/2018 EPL season will conclude on May 5, before paving way for the start of the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia.
This development comes amid an offer to customers from the content’s main provider Multichoice. In a text sent out on Wednesday, Multichoice has promised to offer a free month worth of subscription to subscribers who remain active during the close-season period.