Fixture 1. Saturday 23rd September 2017 - West Ham vs Tottenham
It was West Ham’s 1-0 victory in this fixture back in May that finally ended Spurs’ hopes of beating Chelsea to the Premier League title. Manuel Lanzini’s goal handed Mauricio Pochettino’s side their only defeat in the final 13 matches of the season. Tottenham will be looking for a solid start to their 2017-18 campaign, and some sweet revenge in this London Derby.
Fixture 2. Saturday 16th December 2017 – Bournemouth vs Liverpool
We all know that Liverpool tend to struggle against the ‘lesser’ teams and last season, The Cherries were their bogey team. Jürgen Klopp’s team made a great start to the 2016-17 campaign but Bournemouth’s amazing 4-3 comeback in December stopped them in their tracks. When the two teams met again in April, it was a 2-2 draw at Anfield. Will Liverpool’s defence have learnt their lesson this time around?
Fixture 3. Saturday 23rd December 2017 – Swansea City vs Crystal Palace
We’re always in danger of Premier League overload during the festive period, so it’s always great to have a Christmas cracker lined up. This was the best match of the 2016-17 season, a 5-4 rollercoaster full of great attacking and terrible defending. The neutrals will be hoping for more of the same in 2017 but Swansea and Crystal Palace fans may disagree.
Fixture 4. Saturday 3rd March 2018 – Manchester City vs Chelsea
This was perhaps the most significant match of the 2016-17 season. Antonio Conte’s Chelsea showed off their title credentials, whereas Pep Guardiola’s City exploded, with Sergio Agüero and Fernandinho both sent off. The 2017-18 fixture is likely to be a much tighter match. Guardiola has already signed Bernardo Silva and Ederson this summer and there will definitely be more arrivals on both sides.
Fixture 5. Saturday 28th April 2018 – Manchester United vs Arsenal
It’s always good to have some big fixtures leftover for the final weeks of the season. Liverpool travel to Chelsea in early May, but just before that Manchester United face Arsenal. Arsène Wenger’s team won the battle last season, much to José Mourinho’s frustration. United must do better during the 2017-18 campaign and this will be a huge test of their progress.