The Premier League has officially released the upcoming season’s fixture list and of course the opening weekend looks as exciting as ever!
Albeit with the exception of a few delays – Man City and Man United have been afforded delayed kick-offs due to European involvement, also Wolves and Chelsea don’t begin until Sept 14th.
It’s been 16 long years since Leeds United have been in the top-flight, the last time was in the 2003/2004 season when the club was managed by Peter Reid followed by Eddie Gray, in that season they won just 8 games out of 38.
Well it seems there will be no easing the peacocks back into the premier league as they face no other than the current Premier League Champions, Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday September 12th.
Just how will Marcelo Bielsa’s Championship winners Leeds side fare against the cream of the 2019/2020 Premier League crop?
The other ‘new boys’ Fulham host Arsenal whilst West Brom visit Leicester City.
As mentioned the two Manchester teams in the Premier League have a delayed start to allow for some recovery time from their European competition campaigns giving a 4 week break before they open their premier league 2020/2021 seasons.
City and United face Wolves and Palace respectively on the weekend of Sept 19th.
Below are the full opening weekend’s fixtures outlined:
Premier League 2020/21 – opening weekend fixtures
C. Palace v Southampton – Sept 12
Fulham v Arsenal – Sept 12
Liverpool v Leeds – Sept 12
Tottenham v Everton – Sept 12
West Brom v Leicester City – Sept 12
West Ham v Newcastle – Sept 12
Brighton v Chelsea – Sept 14
Sheff Utd v Wolves – Sept 14
Burnley v Man Utd – Postponed
Man City v Aston Villa – Postponed
As expected the closed door no-crowd policy is continuing from last season with no dates confirmed for spectators being allowed back to watch games yet.
With the later than usual start it is planned for this season to be ‘shorter’ and will span 32 weekends as opposed to the usual 34 which has had implications for increasing the number of mid week games from 3 to 5.
The Premier League 2020/21 season will start on Saturday September 12 and finish on Sunday May 23, 2021 – this is just 19 days before the rescheduled Euro 2020 tournament.
We will also know where we can see the games soon as official broadcast schedules and channels will be confirmed next week.