Rafa Benitez has been talking about the Premier league fixtures that have been released on Wednesday morning.
The seventh match of the season and fourth home game sees Rafa hosting Liverpool at St James Park for the first time.
Rafa says that obviously games against his old club will always stand out but thinks Tottenham at home is a ‘great start’.
Let’s hope so!
Rafa Benitez speaking to the official club site:
“It’s always exciting to see the new fixtures and like the fans, it’s something we all look forward to.
“It’s a great start at home to Tottenham and a really exciting first game at St. James’ Park for our fans to enjoy.
“We will all have extra motivation for that game, but it will be a very tough start too because Spurs showed how good they are last season. Of course they were our last Premier League opponents here too, which was a memorable match for everyone, but this time around it will be completely different.
“After Spurs I think then we have a good run of games and I’m pleased to see it’s quite a balanced list in terms of the teams we’re up against.
“The fans will enjoy being at home to Manchester City on Boxing Day. It is always nice for fans to enjoy games against top teams over the Christmas period.
“We also have a great game to round off the season with Chelsea visiting us on the last day of the season.
“Aside from that, obviously I look forward to the two games with Liverpool; those days will be extra special for me, but really every game is exciting and every game has its own challenges.
“It will be nice, too, to come up against Chris Hughton and his Brighton side again this season.
“This will be Brighton’s first time in the Premier League and the way both our clubs performed in the Championship will make it a special game, I think.”
The full 2017/18 schedule:
12/08/2017 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur (h)
19/08/2017 15:00 Huddersfield Town (a)
26/08/2017 15:00 West Ham United (h)
09/09/2017 15:00 Swansea City (a)
16/09/2017 15:00 Stoke City (h)
23/09/2017 15:00 Brighton and Hove Albion (a)
30/09/2017 15:00 Liverpool (h)
14/10/2017 15:00 Southampton (a)
21/10/2017 15:00 Crystal Palace (h)
28/10/2017 15:00 Burnley (a)
04/11/2017 15:00 Bournemouth (h)
18/11/2017 15:00 Manchester United (a)
25/11/2017 15:00 Watford (h)
28/11/2017 20:00 West Bromwich Albion (a)
02/12/2017 15:00 Chelsea (a)
09/12/2017 15:00 Leicester City (h)
13/12/2017 19:45 Everton (h)
16/12/2017 15:00 Arsenal (a)
23/12/2017 15:00 West Ham United (a)
26/12/2017 15:00 Manchester City (h)
30/12/2017 15:00 Brighton and Hove Albion (h)
01/01/2018 15:00 Stoke City (a)
13/01/2018 15:00 Swansea City (h)
20/01/2018 15:00 Manchester City (a)
31/01/2018 19:45 Burnley (h)
03/02/2018 15:00 Crystal Palace (a)
10/02/2018 15:00 Manchester United (h)
24/02/2018 15:00 Bournemouth (a)
03/03/2018 15:00 Liverpool (a)
10/03/2018 15:00 Southampton (h)
17/03/2018 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur (a)
31/03/2018 15:00 Huddersfield Town (h)
07/04/2018 15:00 Leicester City (a)
14/04/2018 15:00 Arsenal (h)
21/04/2018 15:00 Everton (a)
28/04/2018 15:00 West Bromwich Albion (h)
05/05/2018 15:00 Watford (a)
13/05/2018 15:00 Chelsea (h)
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