Last season’s runners-up Tottenham Hotspur will go head to head with Newcastle at St James’ Park on the opening weekend, while Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City will take on a new boy – Brighton – away.

Liverpool, who sealed a top-four place last season, will also begin their campaign on the road as they play Watford, but Arsenal and Manchester United have been handed home matches against Leicester City and West Ham United respectively.

United and City will play the first Manchester derby of the season on December 9 at Old Trafford, and Jose Mourinho’s men will travel to the Etihad Stadium on April 7.

Arch enemies Liverpool and United will go head to head at Anfield on October 14, with the reverse fixture being hosted by the Red Devils on March 10.

November 25 is scheduled to host the first North London derby of the season, with Arsenal welcoming Tottenham Hotspur to the Emirates and Arsene Wenger’s men travelling to Wembley on February 24.

Spurs, who will be playing all their home matches at Wembley this season, will stage their first at the ground against champions Chelsea on August 19.

Opening weekend fixtures:

Arsenal vs. Leicester City
Brighton and Hove Albion vs. Manchester City
Chelsea vs. Burnley
Crystal Palace vs. Huddersfield Town
Everton vs. Stoke City
Manchester United vs. West Ham United
Newcastle United vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Southampton vs. Swansea City
Watford vs. Liverpool
West Bromwich Albion vs. Bournemouth

Boxing Day fixtures:

Bournemouth vs. West Ham United
Chelsea vs. Brighton and Hove Albion
Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal
Huddersfield Town vs. Stoke City
Liverpool vs. Swansea City
Manchester United vs. Burnley
Newcastle United vs. Manchester City
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Southampton
Watford vs. Leicester City
West Bromwich Albion vs. Everton

Final day fixtures:

Burnley vs. Bournemouth
Crystal Palace vs. West Bromwich Albion
Huddersfield Town vs. Arsenal
Liverpool vs. Brighton and Hove Albion
Manchester United vs. Watford
Newcastle United vs. Chelsea
Southampton vs. Manchester City
Swansea City vs. Stoke City
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Leicester City
West Ham United vs. Everton


The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris has warned tribal groups against issuing threats to members of other groups and making hate speeches.

The Inspector General of Police said this on Thursday at a press briefing in Abuja, during which he read the Riot Act to Commissioners of Police on crime prevention.

He said no group has the right to prevent anybody from residing in any part of the country.

He advised all Commissioners of Police to alert and deal with any group or individuals that attempt to threaten the peace and unity of the country.

The IGP has also directed all CPs to effect the arrest of any group or individual attempting to destabilise the peace of the country.

This follows the threat by a coalition of socio-political groups in northern Nigeria on Tuesday, issuing a three-month ultimatum for all Igbos in the 19 northern states to vacate the region.

The order was contained in a resolution reached after a meeting of the groups in Kaduna State, North-West Nigeria.


The Senate has passed a bill to protect whistleblowers and witnesses directly involved in the prosecution of certain criminal cases.

The bill, titled Witness Protection Programme (Establishment etc), SB 157, was passed on Thursday, following a report submitted by the committee on human rights, legal matters and judiciary chaired by David Umaru (APC-Niger).

It was sponsored by Isiaka Adeleke, the Osun West APC Senator who died in April.

When the bill scaled the second reading in October 2016, the Senate had resolved that it be merged with a similar proposal to protect persons making disclosures for public interest and other forms reappraisal, sponsored by Abiodun Olujimi, PDP-Ekiti.

In his lead debate when the bill was being considered for second reading last year, Mr. Adeleke had said a law protecting witnesses was usually required in the prosecution of organised crimes like terrorism.

In such trials, Mr. Adeleke said, the witnesses would be allowed to wear masks, bear pseudo names and receive protection from authorities.

On her part, Mrs. Olujimi said “this is a cardinal bill in the fight against corruption.” She said fighting corruption hung on effective protection of whistleblowers.

She mentioned three instances at the Ministry of Aviation, Women Development Centre and the Police Service Commission where whistleblowers were fired.

Abdulmumin Jibrin, a former chairman of the appropriations committee of the House of Representatives, was just recently suspended for 181 legislative days on the ground that he breached members’ privilege.
In his remark after the bill was passed Wednesday, the deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided, thanked his colleagues for the bill, which he said, was in honour of the deceased Adeleke.

The bill must also be passed by the House of Representatives and signed by the president to be law.