Toffees Trip For City
STOKE CITY will travel to Everton on the opening day of the forthcoming 2017/18 Premier League campaign after the fixtures for the new campaign were released on Wednesday morning.
Mark Hughes’ side face an incredibly tough opening to the new campaign as they take on the Toffees at Goodison Park on matchday one before playing host to Arsenal a week later at the bet365 Stadium.
In fact, the Potters will take on five of last season’s top seven during the opening eight fixture dates with testing home encounters against Manchester United and Champions Chelsea pencilled in on match days four and six.
Following the clash with Arsenal on the weekend of August 19, City will travel to the Hawthorns to take on West Bromwich Albion before returning to North Staffordshire to play host to Jose Mourinho’s Europa League winners.
Matchday five will see the side travel north to take on newly-promoted Newcastle United ahead of a home double header against Antonio Conte’s Chelsea and Southampton.
The Christmas schedule will see the Potters take on West Bromwich Albion on home soil on Saturday, December 23, whilst the popular Boxing Day encounter will see the side on the road at Huddersfield Town.
A trip to Stamford Bridge, on Saturday, December 30, will round off fixtures for this calendar year before the curtain opens on 2018 with a home fixture with Newcastle United (Monday, January 1).
The campaign will draw to its conclusion on Sunday, May 13, on the road at Swansea City’s Liberty Stadium, eight days after the Potters play their final home game of the term against Crystal Palace.
The FA Cup Final is inked in for Saturday, May 19, although City will have already had their Wembley date well before then, with a trip to the national stadium confirmed for Saturday, December 9, to take on Tottenham Hotspur, who will be based there for the season whilst redevelopment work continues on White Hart Lane.
2017/18 First Four Fixtures:
Saturday, Aug 12: Everton (A)
Saturday, Aug 19: Arsenal (H)
Saturday, Aug 26: West Bromwich Albion (A)
Saturday, Sep 9: Manchester United (H)
2017/18 Christmas & New Year Fixtures:
Saturday, Dec 23: West Bromwich Albion (H)
Tuesday, Dec 26: Huddersfield Town (A)
Saturday, Dec 30: Chelsea (A)
Monday, Jan 1: Newcastle United (H)
2017/18 End of Season Fixtures:
Saturday, Apr 21: Burnley (H)
Saturday, Apr 28: Liverpool (A)
Saturday, May 5: Crystal Palace (H)
Sunday, May 13: Swansea City (A)
Please note all fixtures are subject to change.