Why Jose Mourinho is upset at Liverpool's 18/19 Premier League fixture list

Juan Pablo Angel Aston Villa

Excited Arsenal fans were brought back down to earth with a bump after seeing the 2018-19 Premier League fixtures on Thursday morning. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

His first game in charge of the Gunners will be against champions Manchester City, coached by Pep Guardiola, at the Emirates.

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).

Manchester City were by far and away the top performing team in the Premier League last season as they won the title in style and became the first club to reach the 100-point mark.

Jose Mourinho's Manchester United, a distant runners-up to City last season, start at home to Leicester City while FA Cup winners Chelsea are away to Huddersfield Town.

The Blues' defence of the Premier League title kicks off with one of the toughest of tests - a trip to Arsenal.

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There's a midweek clash as we travel to Watford on 4 December before facing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge the following weekend (8 December).

Few supporters will relish the new campaign more than those of Wolves, Cardiff City and Fulham, who all return to the Premier League from the Championship. That includes trips to Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham.

In contrast to this Manchester United, Tottenham and Manchester City have all been given an even split of three home and three away games in the same period.

Mourinho reportedly "has been left angered" by the preferential treatment given to Liverpool in the Premier League fixture list.

We have ranked the 20 Premier League sides' first six games of the season in order of difficulty based on last season's finishing positions, with newly-promoted Wolves, Cardiff and Fulham taking 18th, 19th and 20th respectively.

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