The world championships finish on Sunday, August 13th and West Ham confirmed after the Premier League fixtures for 2017-18 had been released that their first home game will be against Huddersfield Town on September 9th.
"It is not the world's biggest, best, toughest league by accident".
Following Tottenham vs Chelsea, the next big heavyweight contest of the campaign comes before the first worldwide break on 26 August when Liverpool take on Arsenal. It'll be the first time West Ham have played at home on the final day since they played Reading in 2013.
August concludes with a clash between Liverpool and Arsenal prior to the worldwide break for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. This means Chelsea may also miss him in Tottenham's first game at Wembley.
- Arsenal has won each of its last 10 league home encounters with Leicester City; its joint-longest winning streak at home against a single opponent. United's last six games - subject to changes - will be away to Manchester City, at home to West Brom, away to Bournemouth, at home to Arsenal, away to Brighton, and then the season will end with a home against Watford.
Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool have two testing fixtures on the third and fourth weekend of matches - hosting Arsenal and then an away trip to Manchester City.
There are also Premier League rules which must be followed - including that in any five matches a club must always have two fixtures at home and three away, or vice-versa, and no club should have more than two consecutive fixtures home or away. The legendary, innovative Arsenal manager joined from Huddersfield in 1925, and after a 46 year absence from the top flight The Terriers are back.
"It will be nice, too, to come up against Chris Hughton and his Brighton side again this season".
The 2017/18 Premier League fixture lists was revealed this morning and it gave Tottenham Hotspur an early chance to look at who they face after playing in the Champions League. The first Manchester derby of the season takes place on 9 December - the same weekend that Liverpool are scheduled to meet Everton at Anfield.
The highlight of the weekend of 9/10 December will be the two derbies in the North West.