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2018-19 Premier League schedule released

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The 2018/19 Premier League schedule has been released.

It is time to start planning for the new season already.

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All 20 clubs can now get excited for the new campaign which kicks off on the weekend of Aug. 11 as a huge game between Arsenal and Manchester City is the marquee clash on the opening weekend. When you scan through the fixtures you can see some huge clashes around the festive period and around Easter.

New boys Fulham, Cardiff City and Wolverhampton Wanderers will be particularly excited, while Spurs have announced that they intend to play their opening home game of the new season (against Fulham) at Wembley and their first home game at their new White Hart Lane stadium will be against Liverpool.

Bring. It. On.

Below is the schedule in full for all 38 matchweeks in the Premier League, with the games listed as 10 a.m. ET kick offs unless otherwise stated.

The kick off times and dates are subject to change once the full TV schedule is announced at a later date.


Saturday, 11 August 2018
Arsenal v Man City
AFC Bournemouth v Cardiff City
Fulham v Crystal Palace
Huddersfield Town v Chelsea
Liverpool v West Ham
Man Utd v Leicester City
Newcastle United v Spurs
Southampton v Burnley
Watford v Brighton
Wolves v Everton

Saturday, 18 August 2018
Brighton v Man Utd
Burnley v Watford
Cardiff City v Newcastle United
Chelsea v Arsenal
Crystal Palace v Liverpool
Everton v Southampton
Leicester City v Wolves
Man City v Huddersfield Town
Spurs v Fulham
West Ham v AFC Bournemouth

Saturday, 25 August 2018
Arsenal v West Ham
AFC Bournemouth v Everton
Fulham v Burnley
Huddersfield Town v Cardiff City
Liverpool v Brighton
Man Utd v Spurs
Newcastle United v Chelsea
Southampton v Leicester City
Watford v Crystal Palace
Wolves v Man City

Saturday, 1 September 2018
Brighton v Fulham
Burnley v Man Utd
Cardiff City v Arsenal
Chelsea v AFC Bournemouth
Crystal Palace v Southampton
Everton v Huddersfield Town
Leicester City v Liverpool
Man City v Newcastle United
Watford v Spurs
West Ham v Wolves

Saturday, 15 September 2018
AFC Bournemouth v Leicester City
Chelsea v Cardiff City
Everton v West Ham
Huddersfield Town v Crystal Palace
Man City v Fulham
Newcastle United v Arsenal
Southampton v Brighton
Spurs v Liverpool
Watford v Man Utd
Wolves v Burnley

Saturday, 22 September 2018
Arsenal v Everton
Brighton v Spurs
Burnley v AFC Bournemouth
Cardiff City v Man City
Crystal Palace v Newcastle United
Fulham v Watford
Leicester City v Huddersfield Town
Liverpool v Southampton
Man Utd v Wolves
West Ham v Chelsea

Saturday, 29 September 2018
Arsenal v Watford
AFC Bournemouth v Crystal Palace
Cardiff City v Burnley
Chelsea v Liverpool
Everton v Fulham
Huddersfield Town v Spurs
Man City v Brighton
Newcastle United v Leicester City
West Ham v Man Utd
Wolves v Southampton

Saturday, 6 October 2018
Brighton v West Ham
Burnley v Huddersfield Town
Crystal Palace v Wolves
Fulham v Arsenal
Leicester City v Everton
Liverpool v Man City
Man Utd v Newcastle United
Southampton v Chelsea
Spurs v Cardiff City
Watford v AFC Bournemouth

Saturday, 20 October 2018
Arsenal v Leicester City
AFC Bournemouth v Southampton
Cardiff City v Fulham
Chelsea v Man Utd
Everton v Crystal Palace
Huddersfield Town v Liverpool
Man City v Burnley
Newcastle United v Brighton
West Ham v Spurs
Wolves v Watford

Saturday, 27 October 2018
Brighton v Wolves
Burnley v Chelsea
Crystal Palace v Arsenal
Fulham v AFC Bournemouth
Leicester City v West Ham
Liverpool v Cardiff City
Man Utd v Everton
Southampton v Newcastle United
Spurs v Man City
Watford v Huddersfield Town

Saturday, 3 November 2018
Arsenal v Liverpool
AFC Bournemouth v Man Utd
Cardiff City v Leicester City
Chelsea v Crystal Palace
Everton v Brighton
Huddersfield Town v Fulham
Man City v Southampton
Newcastle United v Watford
West Ham v Burnley
Wolves v Spurs

Saturday, 10 November 2018
Arsenal v Wolves
Cardiff City v Brighton
Chelsea v Everton
Crystal Palace v Spurs
Huddersfield Town v West Ham
Leicester City v Burnley
Liverpool v Fulham
Man City v Man Utd
Newcastle United v AFC Bournemouth
Southampton v Watford

Saturday, 24 November 2018
AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal
Brighton v Leicester City
Burnley v Newcastle United
Everton v Cardiff City
Fulham v Southampton
Man Utd v Crystal Palace
Spurs v Chelsea
Watford v Liverpool
West Ham v Man City
Wolves v Huddersfield Town

Saturday, 1 December 2018
Arsenal v Spurs
Cardiff City v Wolves
Chelsea v Fulham
Crystal Palace v Burnley
Huddersfield Town v Brighton
Leicester City v Watford
Liverpool v Everton
Man City v AFC Bournemouth
Newcastle United v West Ham
Southampton v Man Utd

Tuesday, 4 December 2018
2:45pm ET: AFC Bournemouth v Huddersfield Town –
2:45pm ET: Brighton v Crystal Palace
2:45pm ET: Burnley v Liverpool
2:45pm ET: Fulham v Leicester City
2:45pm ET: Watford v Man City
2:45pm ET: West Ham v Cardiff City
2:45pm ET: Wolves v Chelsea
3pm ET: Man Utd v Arsenal

Wednesday, 5 December 2018
2:45pm ET: Everton v Newcastle United
3pm ET: Spurs v Southampton

Saturday, 8 December 2018
Arsenal v Huddersfield Town
AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool
Burnley v Brighton
Cardiff City v Southampton
Chelsea v Man City
Everton v Watford
Leicester City v Spurs
Man Utd v Fulham
Newcastle United v Wolves
West Ham v Crystal Palace

Saturday, 15 December 2018
Brighton v Chelsea
Crystal Palace v Leicester City
Fulham v West Ham
Huddersfield Town v Newcastle United
Liverpool v Man Utd
Man City v Everton
Southampton v Arsenal
Spurs v Burnley
Watford v Cardiff City
Wolves v AFC Bournemouth

Saturday, 22 December 2018
Arsenal v Burnley
AFC Bournemouth v Brighton
Cardiff City v Man Utd
Chelsea v Leicester City
Everton v Spurs
Huddersfield Town v Southampton
Man City v Crystal Palace
Newcastle United v Fulham
West Ham v Watford
Wolves v Liverpool

Saturday, 26 December 2018
Brighton v Arsenal
Burnley v Everton
Crystal Palace v Cardiff City
Fulham v Wolves
Leicester City v Man City
Liverpool v Newcastle United
Man Utd v Huddersfield Town
Southampton v West Ham
Spurs v AFC Bournemouth
Watford v Chelsea

Saturday, 29 December 2018
Brighton v Everton
Burnley v West Ham
Crystal Palace v Chelsea
Fulham v Huddersfield Town
Leicester City v Cardiff City
Liverpool v Arsenal
Man Utd v AFC Bournemouth
Southampton v Man City
Spurs v Wolves
Watford v Newcastle United

Tuesday, 1 January 2019
Arsenal v Fulham
AFC Bournemouth v Watford
Cardiff City v Spurs
Chelsea v Southampton
Everton v Leicester City
Huddersfield Town v Burnley
Man City v Liverpool
Newcastle United v Man Utd
West Ham v Brighton
Wolves v Crystal Palace

Saturday, 12 January 2019
Brighton v Liverpool
Burnley v Fulham
Cardiff City v Huddersfield Town
Chelsea v Newcastle United
Crystal Palace v Watford
Everton v AFC Bournemouth
Leicester City v Southampton
Man City v Wolves
Spurs v Man Utd
West Ham v Arsenal

Saturday, 19 January 2019
Arsenal v Chelsea
AFC Bournemouth v West Ham
Fulham v Spurs
Huddersfield Town v Man City
Liverpool v Crystal Palace
Man Utd v Brighton
Newcastle United v Cardiff City
Southampton v Everton
Watford v Burnley
Wolves v Leicester City

Tuesday, 29 January 2019
2:45pm ET: Arsenal v Cardiff City
2:45pm ET: AFC Bournemouth v Chelsea
2:45pm ET: Fulham v Brighton
2:45pm ET: Huddersfield Town v Everton
2:45pm ET: Wolves v West Ham
3pm ET: Man Utd v Burnley

Wednesday, 30 January 2019
2:45pm ET: Newcastle United v Man City
2:45pm ET: Southampton v Crystal Palace
3pm ET: Liverpool v Leicester City
3pm ET: Spurs v Watford

Saturday, 2 February 2019
Brighton v Watford
Burnley v Southampton
Cardiff City v AFC Bournemouth
Chelsea v Huddersfield Town
Crystal Palace v Fulham
Everton v Wolves
Leicester City v Man Utd
Man City v Arsenal
Spurs v Newcastle United
West Ham v Liverpool

Saturday, 9 February 2019
Brighton v Burnley
Crystal Palace v West Ham
Fulham v Man Utd
Huddersfield Town v Arsenal
Liverpool v AFC Bournemouth
Man City v Chelsea
Southampton v Cardiff City
Spurs v Leicester City
Watford v Everton
Wolves v Newcastle United

Saturday, 23 February 2019
Arsenal v Southampton
AFC Bournemouth v Wolves
Burnley v Spurs
Cardiff City v Watford
Chelsea v Brighton
Everton v Man City
Leicester City v Crystal Palace
Man Utd v Liverpool
Newcastle United v Huddersfield Town
West Ham v Fulham

Tuesday, 26 February 2019
2:45pm ET: Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth
2:45pm ET: Cardiff City v Everton
2:45pm ET: Huddersfield Town v Wolves
2:45pm ET: Leicester City v Brighton
3pm ET: Crystal Palace v Man Utd

Wednesday, 27 February 2019
2:45pm ET: Chelsea v Spurs
2:45pm ET: Newcastle United v Burnley
2:45pm ET: Southampton v Fulham
3pm ET: Liverpool v Watford
3pm ET: Man City v West Ham

Saturday, 2 March 2019
AFC Bournemouth v Man City
Brighton v Huddersfield Town
Burnley v Crystal Palace
Everton v Liverpool
Fulham v Chelsea
Man Utd v Southampton
Spurs v Arsenal
Watford v Leicester City
West Ham v Newcastle United
Wolves v Cardiff City

Saturday, 9 March 2019
Arsenal v Man Utd
Cardiff City v West Ham
Chelsea v Wolves
Crystal Palace v Brighton
Huddersfield Town v AFC Bournemouth
Leicester City v Fulham
Liverpool v Burnley
Man City v Watford
Newcastle United v Everton
Southampton v Spurs

Saturday, 16 March 2019
AFC Bournemouth v Newcastle United
Brighton v Cardiff City
Burnley v Leicester City
Everton v Chelsea
Fulham v Liverpool
Man Utd v Man City
Spurs v Crystal Palace
Watford v Southampton
West Ham v Huddersfield Town
Wolves v Arsenal

Saturday, 30 March 2019
Arsenal v Newcastle United
Brighton v Southampton
Burnley v Wolves
Cardiff City v Chelsea
Crystal Palace v Huddersfield Town
Fulham v Man City
Leicester City v AFC Bournemouth
Liverpool v Spurs
Man Utd v Watford
West Ham v Everton

Saturday, 6 April 2019
AFC Bournemouth v Burnley
Chelsea v West Ham
Everton v Arsenal
Huddersfield Town v Leicester City
Man City v Cardiff City
Newcastle United v Crystal Palace
Southampton v Liverpool
Spurs v Brighton
Watford v Fulham
Wolves v Man Utd

Saturday, 13 April 2019
Brighton v AFC Bournemouth
Burnley v Cardiff City
Crystal Palace v Man City
Fulham v Everton
Leicester City v Newcastle United
Liverpool v Chelsea
Man Utd v West Ham
Southampton v Wolves
Spurs v Huddersfield Town
Watford v Arsenal

Saturday, 20 April 2019
Arsenal v Crystal Palace
AFC Bournemouth v Fulham
Cardiff City v Liverpool
Chelsea v Burnley
Everton v Man Utd
Huddersfield Town v Watford
Man City v Spurs
Newcastle United v Southampton
West Ham v Leicester City
Wolves v Brighton

Saturday, 27 April 2019
Brighton v Newcastle United
Burnley v Man City
Crystal Palace v Everton
Fulham v Cardiff City
Leicester City v Arsenal
Liverpool v Huddersfield Town
Man Utd v Chelsea
Southampton v AFC Bournemouth
Spurs v West Ham
Watford v Wolves

Saturday, 4 May 2019
Arsenal v Brighton
AFC Bournemouth v Spurs
Cardiff City v Crystal Palace
Chelsea v Watford
Everton v Burnley
Huddersfield Town v Man Utd
Man City v Leicester City
Newcastle United v Liverpool
West Ham v Southampton
Wolves v Fulham

Sunday, 12 May 2019
Brighton v Man City
Burnley v Arsenal
Crystal Palace v AFC Bournemouth
Fulham v Newcastle United
Leicester City v Chelsea
Liverpool v Wolves
Man Utd v Cardiff City
Southampton v Huddersfield Town
Spurs v Everton
Watford v West Ham

Spat in Spanish soccer over playing during daytime heat

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Spanish soccer has another spat on its hands.

The national soccer federation took issue with the Spanish league over its management strategy for the second time this week when it criticized the scheduling of games during what it considered the excessive heat of daytime.

The federation run by Luis Rubiales said it would try to take control of match scheduling if La Liga continues to hold matches in daytime heat.

The federation issued a statement on Sunday to express its “displeasure that matches are still being played each weekend under temperatures that are over 30 degrees (Celsius, 86 Fahrenheit) with the problems that cause athletes and fans.”

Sevilla vs. Levante started at 12:00 local time on Sunday, with Villarreal hosting Valencia at 16:15. Both matches featured water breaks in each half due to the high temperatures.

Villarreal coach Javier Calleja complained about the heat, and the time of the match.

“We have to find a better time (to play),” Calleja said after the 0-0 draw. “It was very hot today and it was not the best time. Today we all suffered, above all the players.”

The league’s heat protocol allows it to push back the time of matches if temperatures are expected to reach 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit).

Sunday’s match between Athletic Bilbao at Real Betis played in the southern city of Sevilla was originally scheduled to start at 18:30, but the league pushed it back to 20:00 earlier this week when forecasts called for temperatures to approach 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit).

Prior to the federation statement, Rubiales wrote on Twitter “If La Liga maintains these crazy playing times, we will recover the power” to schedule matches. His tweet included a photo of woman who appeared to be receiving medical attention at a stadium, apparently for a health problem related to the heat.

League president Javier Tebas responded to Rubiales on Twitter by saying “my friend Luis Rubiales”. “you cannot recover what is not yours.”

The dispute over times is the second run-in between the league and federation this week.

On Friday, the federation responded to the league’s request to play a regular-season match in the United States with a letter listing several problems it finds in the plan.

MADRID EYES KEY WEEK

Expect Gareth Bale to be back in the frontline of Real Madrid’s attack this week when it faces high-profile matches at Sevilla and a capital derby against Atletico Madrid.

Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui, who has the difficult task of following in the footsteps of Zinedine Zidane, took a chance on Saturday when he left Bale and other first-choice players out of his lineup for the visit of Espanyol.

The decision seemed reasonable enough considering that Espanyol hasn’t won at the Santiago Bernabeu since the 1995-96 season, and that his regular starters had played on Wednesday in a 3-0 win over Roma in the Champions League. So Lopetegui took the calculated risk that now was the time to give Bale, Marcelo and Toni Kroos a break.

But instead of trouncing Espanyol with a squad led by Francisco “Isco” Alarcon, Madrid needed a favorable video review to see a first-half strike by Marco Asensio appear on the scoreboard, and Borja Iglesias’ shot to be rejected by the crossbar to eke out a 1-0 victory and avoid consecutive slips after drawing at Athletic Bilbao.

“Players who don’t play as often played well today, we had to give them minutes and they responded,” Lopetegui. “We had circled this match in red. Games that come after a match in the Champions League are always complicated.”

In and out of favor with Zidane, Bale has been the driving force for Madrid going back to the end of the last season, when he scored five goals in the final four appearances in La Liga. That scoring run preceded his outstanding performance in the Champions League final, when he scored twice as a second-half substitute to help beat Liverpool 3-1.

So far this season, the Wales winger has four goals in six appearances, including a goal in a 3-0 win over Roma to start Madrid’s European title defense.

Madrid visits Sevilla on Wednesday before hosting Atletico on Saturday. Three days later, Madrid then has a long trip to Moscow to play CSKA in the Champions League.

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Mourinho’s mixed messages over Man United progression

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Jose Mourinho believes his Manchester United side will progress this season. Even if the table or points tally doesn’t show it.

Work that one out.

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Speaking ahead of United’s 1-1 draw at home to Wolves on Saturday — Paul Pogba has already had his say as he urged United to ‘attack, attack, attack’ at home — Mourinho said he is pleased with the overall development of his side.

“I am not saying we are going to have more points than last season because last season we collect a very acceptable level,” Mourinho said. “I think we are going to be a better team. We are going to play better than we did but I think it’s going to be a very difficult season. Not just for us, also for the others because the others they can say exactly the same as I am saying and they can say: ‘Oh, Manchester United, good team, good squad, City good squad, good team.’”

“I am optimistic, but a difficult season, yes,” Mourinho added. “I don’t change that because we won two matches in the Premier League. You see the level of the teams: you see [the] Liverpool squad, City squad, Chelsea squad, Tottenham squad, Arsenal improving. It’s going to be difficult.”

As Mourinho mentioned, they’ve won two of their last three but just three of their opening six PL games this season and they’re already eight points off league leaders Liverpool in the table.

Surely he can’t be too happy with the development of his team? Mourinho questioned the attitude of his players after the draw with Wolves, which isn’t a sign of him believing they’re moving in the right direction.

The Portuguese coach is sending out mixed messages.

United’s dropped points against Tottenham, Brighton and Wolves were deserved, although the game against Spurs was a strange one as they played well and should have led but they were then punished in the second half. Wolves could’ve easily nicked a win at United on Saturday and United’s defensive deficiencies are the biggest problem for Mourinho to sort out as he chops and changes defensive players.

Do they need to attack more? Well, that is always the objective for any team and United are no different, especially at home, but Mourinho doesn’t seem to know his best attacking lineup aside from Romelu Lukaku. There’s no doubt Alexis Sanchez is in a severe slump, while Marcus Rashford is being played out of position on the wing and the likes of Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial are in and out of the team. To become a better attacking unit you need to have a settled system and personnel who can create and combine effectively. United do not have that. At all. And they haven’t since Mourinho arrived in 2016.

Over the past three seasons, United have scored 131 goals, the fewest amount of the so-called ‘big six’ in the Premier League.

They’ve scored nine goals in their opening six games of this season and they’ve conceded nine. That points to fine-tuning needed in both defense and attack if they’re not only going to finish in the top four but also drag themselves into the title race.

At this point Mourinho needs his players to put points on the board and more trophies in the cabinet at Old Trafford because his team aren’t showing serious signs of progression and aren’t enjoyable to watch on a weekly basis a la Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and even Arsenal.

Sarri believes Chelsea still far from competing with Liverpool

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri checked the Blues fixture list, saw Liverpool twice in one week, and groaned. Probably.

After Chelsea drew 0-0 with London rivals West Ham on Sunday, Sarri looked ahead and told reporters that Liverpool has the continuity he craves.

“They are a step forward of us at this moment,” said Sarri when asked about Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool. “We have to play against a very, very good team who have worked with the same coach for three years. We have started to work together 40 days ago, less 10 days for the international break, so for us it is a bit early. We have to work and then, maybe, in one year we will be at the same level as Liverpool.”

Klopp was hired as Liverpool manager on October 8, 2015 and has slowly built the Reds squad into not just a Premier League title contender, but a formidable Champions League power as well, reaching the tournament final last campaign. Sarri believes the Liverpool attack is one of the most dangerous they’ll face, and while it might be entertaining for fans, it will stress him out.

“It will be a really difficult match,” Sarri said. “Maybe spectacular but for us, difficult. I don’t think there is an easy game against Salah, Firmino and Mane.”

Chelsea first faces Liverpool in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday at Anfield, and Sarri says he could make “five or eleven changes” with one less day to rest. Then, the clubs meet in the Premier League on Saturday at Stamford Bridge at 12:30 p.m. ET.

LA Galaxy handles Seattle Sounders 3-0 to close playoff gap

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There is plenty more work to be done for the LA Galaxy to complete the unlikely push for a playoff spot, but they passed a major hurdle with a 3-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders on Sunday night at the StubHub Center.

Seattle suffered a 60-minute defensive nightmare, and was never able to recover. It all started just nine minutes in when Brad Smith needlessly barged into the back of Ola Kamara who was chasing down a ball on the right side of the box, and the referee pointed to the spot. Zlatan Ibrahimovic sent Stefan Frei the wrong way with the ensuing penalty, and the Galaxy took the early lead.

Los Angeles found a second just before halftime as Ibrahimovic looked off the defense and then unlocked the back line with a burst forward on the left flank, feeding Romain Alessandrini through who burst towards the end line and crossed to Kamara for an easy tap-in just five minutes before the break.

Past halftime, the home side continued to dominate. Seattle held 55% possession, but failed to record a single shot on target until the 66th minute, finishing with just one among the 14 total attempts on net. LA would cash in on Seattle’s wastefulness for a 3-0 lead on a goal by Emmanuel Boateng in the 52nd minute and put the game out of sight.

The win lifts the Galaxy above the Vancouver Whitecaps and into 7th place in the Western Conference, with Vancouver’s loss to FC Dallas. They now sit just three points back of Seattle in the final playoff spot. The Sounders saw a nine-game winning streak and 12-game unbeaten streak snapped last time out against Philadelphia, and now the sudden slide could have devastating consequences should it continue.