Newcastle handed the toughest of starts to the new season

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Newcastle handed the toughest of starts to the new season

Among the final round of matches, scheduled for May 12, Manchester City are at Brighton - where they started last season - while Cardiff and Wolves are at Manchester United and Liverpool respectively.

Elsewhere on the opening weekend, Manchester United host Leicester City, Liverpool entertain West Ham, and Championship winners Wolverhampton Wanderers welcome Everton to Molineux.

On Wednesday 1st August, Chelsea will lock-horns with Premier League rivals Arsenal in Dublin, before facing Lyon at Stamford Bridge on August 7th.

The rest of the 2018/19 Premier League fixtures can be viewed on the league's official website.

The first Merseyside derby (Liverpool at home) is also December 1st.

It's going to be a tasty start to the season.

The home fixture against the Reds follows Matchday Four of the Champions League (6/7 November), while the return derby takes place after the Round of 16 knock-out stages (5/6 or 12/13 March). However, Benitez and numerous club's supporters will be hoping that is not the case come that stage of the season.

Unai Emery will have one hell of a tough start as Arsenal manager.

The season starts with an away trip to newly-promoted Wolves which will test Marco Silva as much as an away trip to a newly-promoted side will on the opening day of the season, and the first home game is against Liverpool's feeder club, Southampton.

The 2016-17 champions open up with a trip to Huddersfield Town and then face Newcastle, Bournemouth, Cardiff and West Ham in quick succession after hosting Arsenal.

Interesting to see as well, that 13 of the other 19 clubs have Newcastle United as their longest away trip of the season.

It is now all about which of them can navigate their programme best - but none of them will want to be in Arsenal's shoes at the beginning of August.

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