The Premier League has released it’s fixtures for the upcoming 2020/21 season, including champions Liverpool taking on newly promoted Leeds United at Anfield on the opening day.
The new season will begin on Saturday September 12th 2020, although TV picks could see games moved to the Friday night. All 20 clubs have been announced the opening weekend, although it has been confirmed that Manchester City and Manchester United will both miss that first weekend following their participation in Europe this month. Chelsea and Wolves have also been allowed a slightly delayed start to the season.
Also on the opening day, Everton travel to North London to take on Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham while newly promoted sides Fulham and West Brom are both given home fixtures, taking on Arsenal and Leicester City respectively. As mentioned already, both Manchester sides will see their opening day fixtures postponed, meaning Burnley and Aston Villa will also get that weekend off.
Looking further down the season, Arsenal will host Chelsea on Boxing Day while Manchester United will travel down to Leicester City. Leeds United will host Burnley at Elland Road while Wolves and Spurs will face off at Molineux.
On the final day of the campaign, Manchester United will once again be away to a contender for the European places as they travel to Wolves while there will be an clash between two newly-promoted sides that could potentially have a huge say in the relegation race when Leeds United host West Bromwich Albion. Champions Liverpool will be at home to Crystal Palace while Manchester City will host Everton as both sides will hope to be in the title race again this season.
With no winter break for any clubs this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic forcing the season to start late, fixture order is actually a big factor this season. All clubs will need to use their full squad as we enter the middle stages of the season and the fixture schedule will be key in which games they can rotate in and for gaining momentum.
As clubs also voted against keeping the five substitutes rule for the upcoming season, squad rotation will be even more key. With the transfer window open until October 5th, clubs will be able to add to their squad once the season has begun and they will surely use it as a way to boost numbers in the squad as well as just for quality starting eleven additions.
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