Champions handed Gunners opener

14 June 2018 04:31:44 EST
Unai Emery and Arsenal face a tough Premier League opener.

Champions Manchester City face an early examination of their credentials as they will travel to Arsenal for their opening game of the 2018/19 Premier League season.

The Citizens ended a record-breaking season with exactly 100 points to win the title by a massive 19-point margin ahead of neighbours Manchester United.

However, they have been handed a tough test for the weekend of August 11th-12th, with the Gunners having already started to reshape their team under the guidance of new Spanish head coach Unai Emery.

The Citizens are 4/6 to retain their Premier League title, with United priced at 33/1.

The Red Devils begin their top-flight season with a visit from Leicester City, while Tottenham make the long journey to Tyneside to face Newcastle United.

Champions League finalists Liverpool play host to West Ham at Anfield, while Championship winners Wolves begin life back in the Premier League by welcoming Everton to Molineux.

Fellow newly-promoted sides Fulham and Cardiff City are at home to Crystal Palace and away at Bournemouth respectively.

The remaining fixtures see Southampton at home to Burnley, Brighton travelling to Watford and FA Cup winners Chelsea facing a test of their mettle at Huddersfield Town.

The Terriers are 4/9 to be relegated next season, with Cardiff available at 1/3.

Opening weekend fixtures:
Bournemouth v Cardiff City
Arsenal v Manchester City
Fulham v Crystal Palace
Huddersfield Town v Chelsea
Liverpool v West Ham United
Manchester United v Leicester City
Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur
Southampton v Burnley
Watford v Brighton & Hove Albion
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Everton

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