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Saints up first as Mazzarri handed tough start to Watford reign

New Watford head coach Walter Mazzarri will begin his reign with a trip to Southampton before the Hornets face Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United in their first five games.

The Saints host Watford, who are preparing for consecutive seasons in the Premier League for the first time, on Saturday, August 13. Mazzarri’s charges are then at home to Chelsea on Saturday, August 20 which will be the Italian’s first game at Vicarage Road. Arsenal visit WD18 the following weekend before a first trip to West Ham United’s Olympic Park and a visit from Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United in September.

Boxing Day sees a home game against Crystal Palace while the first fixture of 2017 is a trip to Stoke City on Saturday, January 2. The season finishes with a visit from Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City on Sunday, May 21.

2016-17 Fixture list

August

13/08/2016 Southampton v Watford (3pm)

20/08/2016 Watford v Chelsea (3pm)

27/08/20161 Watford v Arsenal (3pm)

September

10/09/2016 West Ham United v Watford (3pm)

17/09/2016 Watford v Manchester United (3pm)

24/09/2016 Burnley v Watford (3pm)

October

01/10/2016 Watford v A.F.C. Bournemouth (3pm)

15/10/2016 Middlesbrough v Watford (3pm)

22/10/2016 Swansea City v Watford (3pm)

29/10/2016 Watford v Hull City (3pm)

November

05/11/2016 Liverpool v Watford (3pm)

19/11/2016 Watford v Leicester City (3pm)

26/11/2016 Watford v Stoke City (3pm)

December

03/12/2016 West Bromwich Albion v Watford (3pm)

10/12/2016 Watford v Everton (3pm)

14/12/2016 20:00Manchester City v Watford (8pm)

17/12/2016 Sunderland v Watford (3pm)

26/12/2016 Watford v Crystal Palace (3pm)

31/12/2016 Watford v Tottenham Hotspur (3pm)

January

02/01/2017 Stoke City v Watford (3pm)

14/01/2017 Watford v Middlesbrough (3pm)

21/01/2017 A.F.C. Bournemouth v Watford (3pm)

31/01/2017 Arsenal v Watford (7.45pm)

February

04/02/2017 Watford v Burnley (3pm)

11/02/2017 Manchester United v Watford (3pm)

25/02/2017 Watford v West Ham United (3pm)

March

04/03/2017 Watford v Southampton (3pm)

11/03/2017 Chelsea v Watford (3pm)

18/03/2017 Crystal Palace v Watford (3pm)

April

01/04/2017 Watford v Sunderland (3pm)

04/04/2017 Watford v West Bromwich Albion (7.45pm)

08/04/2017 Tottenham Hotspur v Watford (3pm)

15/04/2017 Watford v Swansea City (3pm)

22/04/2017 Hull City v Watford (3pm)

29/04/2017 Watford v Liverpool (3pm)

May

06/05/2017 Leicester City v Watford (3pm)

13/05/2017 Everton v Watford (3pm)

21/05/2017 Watford v Manchester City (3pm)