The 2018-19 Premier League schedule, which they call a “fixtures list” over there, is now out. Let’s take a quick look.
First, though, a couple of quick reminders. All of these games are now set for Saturdays at 3 p.m. Many of those will change to other times that weekend to be on television; these changes are usually announced about 10 weeks before the games — for example, in early December for games played in March.
Games might also move for cups, but that won’t happen for most Premier League teams until 2019.
With all that said, let’s run through the schedule.
Open, Close and Weekends Off
The Premier League season starts the weekend of August 11, and it ends on May 12, when everybody plays at the same time. International breaks, when there will be no Premier League games, are the weekends of September 8, October 13, November 17, January 26, February 16, and March 23.
There will also be no Premier League games the weekend of January 5, but that’s because they will all be in the FA Cup (Related: What is the FA Cup?)
Christmas is one of the best times to go see soccer in England, and here is why. There will be a full slate of games on the weekend of December 22, then on the 26th is the annual Boxing Day extravaganza, when everybody plays. But some of those will be moved to a day or two later.
Then, on the weekend of December 29, there’s another full slate of games. And then everybody plays on January 1 — again, with some of those games moved to later days. And then there’s a whole weekend of FA Cup Third Round action that weekend, with all the Premier League teams in action.
Another great time go over for games is when the Premier League has games during the week, meaning you can catch three rounds of games over two weekends. Those weeks for 2018-19 begin on December 3, January 28, and February 25.
Nothing beats a derby, or rivalry match. So when are the big Premier League derbies in 2018-19?
- Manchester Derby: at Manchester City November 10, at Manchester United March 16
- North London Derby: at Arsenal December 1, at Tottenham March 2
- Merseyside Derby: at Liverpool December 1, at Everton March 2
- Manchester United vs. Liverpool: at Liverpool December 15, at United February 23
- Tottenham vs. Chelsea: at Tottenham November 23, at Chelsea February 27
- M23 Derby: at Brighton and Hove Albion December 4, at Crystal Palace March 9
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