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What's new this season? Maiden fixtures

31 Jul 2018
Ruben Neves or Wolves and Crystal Palace's Andros Townsend

Find out the 15 meetings that will happen for the first time in the 2018/19 Premier League

As the days count down to the first match of the season, looks at things new to the competition for 2018/19.


Since the Premier League began in 1992, a total of 49 clubs have taken part in the competition.

That adds up to a whopping 861 different fixtures across 26 seasons.

And that number is set to grow in 2018/19.

While there are no clubs making their PL debut this season, there will be 15 new fixtures.

The promoted trio of Wolverhampton Wanderers, Cardiff City and Fulham have all graced the competition before but will for the first time take on AFC Bournemouth, Brighton & Hove Albion and Huddersfield Town in the PL.

In fact, we will not have to wait long for a new fixture to take place as AFC Bournemouth host Cardiff City on the opening weekend on Saturday, 11 August.

Wolves and Cardiff will meet for the first time in the PL, with both clubs also breaking new ground with fixtures against Watford.

Wolves also take on Crystal Palace in a sixth new Premier League fixture for Nuno Espirito Santo's side.

Cardiff, having had one season in the PL in 2013/14, can as well look forward to new matches against Burnley and Leicester City.

New fixtures in 2018/19 

AFC Bournemouth v Cardiff
AFC Bournemouth v Fulham
AFC Bournemouth v Wolves
Brighton v Cardiff
Brighton v Fulham
Brighton v Wolves
Burnley v Cardiff
Cardiff v Huddersfield Town
Cardiff v Leicester
Cardiff v Watford
Cardiff v Wolves
Crystal Palace v Wolves
Fulham v Huddersfield Town
Huddersfield Town v Wolves
Watford v Wolves

Also in this series

Part 1: What's new this season? Nike Merlin ball
Part 2: What's new this season? The 59th stadium
Part 3: What's new this season? Match officials
Part 4: What's new this season? Earlier Deadline Day
Part 6: What's new this season? Nike referee kits
Part 7: What's new this season? New managers
Part 8: What's new this season? Disciplinary sanctions
Part 9: What's new this season? New nationalities

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