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The new Premier League season will start on a Friday night

Arsenal v Leicester is set to kick off the 2017-18 campaign.

The Premier League trophy (file pic).
The Premier League trophy (file pic).
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ARSENAL’S CLASH AT home to Leicester will be the first-ever Premier League opening game to take place on a Friday night, it has been confirmed.

The Gunners’ match against Craig Shakespeare’s side has been scheduled for 11 August and will be shown live on Sky Sports, with kick-off set for 7.45pm.

Previously, the opening Premier League game traditionally has taken place on Saturday morning in recent years, but with the onset of regular top-flight matches on a Friday, organisers have undertaken the unprecedented move of arranging the opening match for a weekday.

Live TV games on the opening weekend also include Watford-Liverpool, Brighton-Man City, Newcastle-Tottenham and Man United-West Ham.

The following Sunday sees last season’s title winners Chelsea travel to face the 2016-17 runners-up Tottenham at Wembley, with that game also set to be broadcast on Sky Sports at 4pm.

For a more detailed breakdown of the live TV games that have been arranged so far, click here.

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