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Fixture changes explained

5 Jun 2018
Tomer Hemed, Brighton

Find out why alterations are made to the original fixture list during the season, such as for broadcast selections or cup competitions

The fixture list for the full 2018/19 Premier League season are released at 09:00 BST 14 June.

Fans are reminded that throughout the season there will be changes made to this list.

Match dates can change for a variety of reasons, including live TV broadcast selections, and also to accommodate matches in European and domestic cup competitions.

For this reason, Premier League fixtures are always advertised as being subject to change.

Keep up-to-date with all fixtures changes with the Premier League digital calendar

Changes for European cup competitions

Before the start of the season, the fixture list will also be examined to identify any Premier League matches that may need to change to accommodate midweek UEFA Europa League fixtures, up to and including the group stages.

These changes are then officially announced after each club’s European fixture dates have been confirmed by UEFA.

This is particularly relevant for any clubs participating in the UEFA Europa League, where most matches take place on Thursday evenings.

The club’s next Premier League fixture will often be played on a Sunday, to allow a proper break between matches.

The rescheduling process continues throughout the season, for as long as each club remain in European cup competition.

Of course, any of these changes relate also to the opponents of those clubs in any subsequent Premier League fixtures.

Changes for domestic cup competitions

Premier League matches may move if and when clubs progress into the later rounds of domestic cup competitions.

The FA Cup semi-finals and League Cup final are scheduled on weekends when a Premier League round of fixtures also takes place. This leads to some fixture amendments.

Dates for cup competitions

The following match dates for European and domestic cup competitions may cause Premier League fixtures to change during 2018/19 for the clubs involved in these competitions and their Premier League opponents.

UEFA Champions League/Europa League
7-9 Aug 2018 Third qualifying round, first leg
14-16 Aug 2018 Third qualifying round, second leg
21-23 Aug 2018 Play-off round, first leg
28-30 Aug 2018 Play-off round, second leg
18-20 Sep 2018 Group stage match
2-4 Oct 2018 Group stage match
23-25 Oct 2018 Group stage match
6-8 Nov 2018 Group stage match
27-29 Nov 2018 Group stage match
11-13 Dec 2018 Group stage match
12-14 Feb 2019 UCL Round of 16 first leg, UEL Round of 32 first leg
19-21 Feb 2019 UCL Round of 16 first leg, UEL Round of 32 second leg
5-7 Mar 2019 UCL Round of 16 second leg, UEL Round of 16 first leg
12-14 Mar 2019 UCL Round of 16 second leg, UEL Round of 16 second leg
9-11 Apr 2019 Quarter-final, first leg
16-18 Apr 2019 Quarter-final, second leg
1-2 May 2019 Semi-final, first leg
7-9 May 2019 Semi-final, second leg
29 May 2019 UEL final
1 Jun 2019 UCL final

League Cup
Date TBC Final 

FA Cup
Date TBC Sixth-round proper
Date TBC Semi-finals
Date TBC Final

Keep up-to-date with all fixtures changes with the Premier League digital calendar

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