Which Premier League side faces the toughest start to the 2018/19 campaign?
Last Updated: 14/06/18 2:25pm
Arsenal take on Manchester City and Chelsea in Unai Emery's first two games in charge, but which Premier League side really has the toughest start?
We have ranked the 20 Premier League sides' first six games of the season in order of difficulty based on last season's finishing positions, with newly-promoted Wolves, Cardiff and Fulham taking 18th, 19th and 20th respectively.
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The stats say Wolves have the trickiest start, with games against Manchester City and Manchester United included in their first six games, while Pep Guardiola's champions have the easiest, facing all three of the newly-promoted sides after their curtain-raiser against Arsenal.
Emery will be relieved that Arsenal's fixture list looks kinder after their meetings with City and Chelsea. They face West Ham, Cardiff, Newcastle and Everton in their subsequent games, putting their start eighth for difficulty, according to last season's positions.
Wolves are not the only newly-promoted side facing a daunting start, with Cardiff and Fulham's opening six fixtures ranked at third and fourth for difficulty. Check out the full list below.
Who has the toughest start
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