Tuesday 12 December 2017

League climax will follow cup final

The Premier League climax will come after the FA Cup final next season for the first time since 2002.

The FA Cup final will be played on May 14, with the final matches of the Premier League season eight days later on May 22.

The FA Cup final is traditionally the climax to the season but Wembley is hosting the Champions League final on May 28 which means there is no option but to stage it before the end of the league campaign.

The fixtures for next season were published today and double winners Chelsea will begin their defence of the title with a home match against newly-promoted West Brom on Saturday August 14.

The new Liverpool manager will have one of the toughest of baptisms with a home match against Arsenal, while Tottenham and Manchester City meet at White Hart Lane.

Manchester United, runners-up in 2009-10, also start with a home match against a newly-promoted team - Sir Alex Ferguson's side take on Newcastle.

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