Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Reason why Jose Mourinho is 'angered' by Liverpool's fixtures for 2018/19 campaign

Reason why Jose Mourinho is 'angered' by Liverpool's fixtures for 2018/19 campaign

During the opening six fixtures, City are due to play all three promoted teams, handing Guardiola's men the flawless opportunity to make another strong start to the season. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services.

'Much has been made of Arsenal's hard start to the season, with the Gunners facing Manchester City and Chelsea in Unai Emery's first two games in charge, but which Premier League side has the toughest start?

With Tottenham's new stadium at White Hart Lane unlikely to be ready in time for the start of the season, though, the game against Fulham will be staged at Wembley - handing Slavisa Jokanovic's promoted team a swift return to the stadium having clinched their place in the Premier League with a playoff final win against Aston Villa there last month.

Liverpool, the losing Champions League finalists, appear to have the toughest start of any of the likely title-contenders.

Man United, Man City and Spurs have each been given an even split of three home and three away games on those match days.

The Red Devils meet Pep Guardiola's side in the first Manchester derby of the season at the Etihad in mid-November, with the reverse fixture taking place on March 16.

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Press Association Sport has analysed the opening day records of each Premier League club over the last 20 seasons to see which bosses will be under the most pressure to start well.

Liverpool have been given home games following each Champions League group game for the 2018/19 season.

Mourinho has regularly complained about his club's fixture schedules, whether at Chelsea or Manchester United.

"We shall be scheduling several events preceding our first Premier League game in the new stadium to check and rehearse various operational aspects". Arsenal and Chelsea only announced a preseason friendly in Dublin for August 1 on Wednesday, and they will meet again in the league just 17 days later.

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.

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