Blame Big Data, Not Bias, For The Premier League Fixture Schedule


Spurs' games face further problems because of conflicting demands at Wembley and the club, which was runner-up to Chelsea last season, immediately announced that its home game with Burnley on August 26 would have to be rescheduled because it clashes with the Rugby League Challenge Cup final.

"After Spurs I think then we have a good run of games, and I'm pleased to see it's quite a balanced list in terms of the teams we're up against".

Of the other standout fixtures for Antonio Conte's side, Chelsea play Arsenal on September 16, host City on September 30 before United visit Stamford Bridge on November 4.

So which of these was the greatest Premier League game for Sunderland? The Saints face just one of the six title favourites in their first 10 Premier League fixtures, while the Hammers take on five of the six weakest-looking teams in the division (and just two of the toughest) in their opening 10 matches.

The first Manchester Derby of the league season falls on 9th of December, and it will be played at Old Trafford.

Huddersfield, out of the top flight since 1972, face Chelsea, Everton, Manchester City and Arsenal in their last four matches, while Tottenham, Manchester United and Liverpool are the opponents in three of Brighton's final four games.

Manchester City can pick up their most points after the October worldwide break when they play Stoke, Burnley and West Brom.

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The first will be an 11-day stay in Austria, followed by a trip to German that will see back-to-back games against Bundesliga side Werder Bremen in a two-legged Betway Cup encounter.

Wednesday's announcement saw promoted Brighton and Hove Albion handed a home opener against Guardiola's Manchester City, while Newcastle United takes on last season's runner-up Tottenham.

As we reach crunch time in the Champions League group stages on match day five, Tottenham will entertain West Brom days later on November 25.

Chelsea took the Premier League title a year ago despite an iffy start to the season. The Terriers end the season with games against Chelsea, Everton, Manchester City and Arsenal.

It looks like former United forward Hatem Ben Arfa, now at Paris Saint-Germain, will be on the move again this summer.

In comparison to last season, Tottenham's Premier League fixture list after competing in Europe is much kinder this time around.

United will look to be at the top of the Premier League after September: West Ham, Swansea, Leicester, Stoke, Everton, Southampton and Crystal Palace. That doesn't mean, however, that football fans can't start planning for the upcoming campaign.