Premier League 2020-21: See Full Fixtures As Champions Liverpool Begin Defence vs. Leeds

The Premier League announced its fixture list for the 2020-21 season on Thursday, with champions Liverpool starting their title defence at home on Sept. 12 against newly promoted Leeds.

In an unusual fixture calendar amid the problems caused by COVID-19, other notable matches in the opening round include Manchester United facing a trip to Burnley; last season’s runners-up, Manchester City, hosting Aston Villa; newly promoted Fulham hosting Arsenal; and Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham welcoming Everton to Tottenham Hotspur stadium.

Manchester United and Manchester City will miss the opening weekend of the Premier League after being granted an extended summer break following their European commitments. The Premier League has yet to confirm official dates for all matches, with games set for broadcast yet to be decided.

But it’s the season’s end that will concern United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with his side facing a tough run-in that culminates in a visit to Wolves on the final day. From March onwards, United face trips to Manchester City, Tottenham and bitter rivals Leeds, while also hosting Liverpool at Old Trafford on May 1. It’s a difficult start for United too, with home matches against Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal in their first seven games.

Liverpool face a tough start, travelling to Chelsea before hosting Arsenal after their opening day match with Leeds, with the season’s first Merseyside derby set for Oct. 17. The first meeting between last season’s top two is scheduled for Nov. 7 at the Etihad, with the return fixture at Anfield in early February.

Pep Guardiola’s City travel to Wolves in their second match of the campaign before matches against Leicester, Leeds and Arsenal. City end the season with matches away at Brighton and Newcastle, a home clash with Chelsea before a trip to Palace and a home match against Southampton to finish.

Fans will not be allowed to return to stadiums when the 2020-21 season starts as sport continues its fight against COVID-19.

However, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has targeted October for supporters to return to grounds. Other European countries such as Italy are also starting to develop plans to have spectators return. Spain, however, has said it is doubtful fans will be allowed into stadiums in September.

Meanwhile, Premier League clubs have voted against allowing the use of five substitutes in matches next season. The measure was put in place to guard against fatigue and injury last term, but clubs have agreed to revert to the usual three subs per match.

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Premier League fixtures 2020-21

Check out the full fixture list for the 2020-21 Premier League season. All fixtures are subject to change for television coverage and participation in European and domestic cup competitions.

The opening UK broadcast selections for the early match rounds will be confirmed in the week of Aug. 24.

COMPLETE CLUB FIXTURES

Arsenal Liverpool
Aston Villa Manchester City
Brighton Manchester United
Burnley Newcastle United
Chelsea Sheffield United
Crystal Palace Southampton
Everton Tottenham Hotspur
Fulham West Brom
Leeds United West Ham United
Leicester City Wolves

Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020
Burnley P-P Man United*
Crystal Palace v Southampton
Fulham v Arsenal
Liverpool v Leeds United
Manchester City P-P Aston Villa*
Tottenham Hotspur v Everton
West Brom v Leicester City
West Ham v Newcastle United

*Games to be rearranged following clubs’ participation in UCL/UEL in August

 

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Monday, Sept. 14, 2020
Brighton v Chelsea
Sheffield United v Wolverhampton

Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020
Arsenal v West Ham United
Aston Villa v Sheffield United
Chelsea v Liverpool
Everton v West Bromwich Albion
Leeds United v Fulham
Leicester City v Burnley
Manchester United v Crystal Palace
Newcastle United v Brighton
Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur*
Wolverhampton v Manchester City

*Game will be moved back due to club’s participation in Europa League qualifying

Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020
Brighton v Manchester United
Burnley v Southampton
Crystal Palace v Everton
Fulham v Aston Villa
Liverpool v Arsenal
Manchester City v Leicester City
Sheffield United v Leeds United
Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United*
West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea
West Ham United v Wolverhampton

*Game may be moved back due to club’s participation in Europa League qualifying

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020
Arsenal v Sheffield United
Aston Villa v Liverpool
Chelsea v Crystal Palace
Everton v Brighton
Leeds United v Manchester City
Leicester City v West Ham United
Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur*
Newcastle United v Burnley
Southampton v West Bromwich Albion
Wolverhampton v Fulham

*Game may be moved back due to club’s participation in Europa League qualifying

Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020
Chelsea v Southampton
Crystal Palace v Brighton
Everton v Liverpool
Leeds United v Wolverhampton
Leicester City v Aston Villa
Manchester City v Arsenal
Newcastle United v Manchester United
Sheffield United v Fulham
Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United
West Bromwich Albion v Burnley

Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020
Arsenal v Leicester City*
Aston Villa v Leeds United
Brighton v West Bromwich Albion
Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur**
Fulham v Crystal Palace
Liverpool v Sheffield United
Manchester United v Chelsea
Southampton v Everton
West Ham United v Manchester City
Wolverhampton v Newcastle United

*Game will be moved back due to club’s participation in the Europa League group stage
**Game may be moved back due to club’s possible participation in Europa League group stage

Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020
Aston Villa v Southampton
Burnley v Chelsea
Fulham v West Bromwich Albion
Leeds United v Leicester City*
Liverpool v West Ham United
Manchester United v Arsenal*
Newcastle United v Everton
Sheffield United v Manchester City
Tottenham Hotspur v Brighton**
Wolverhampton v Crystal Palace

*Game will be moved back due to club’s participation in the Europa League group stage
**Game may be moved back due to club’s possible participation in Europa League group stage

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020
Arsenal v Aston Villa*
Brighton v Burnley
Chelsea v Sheffield United
Crystal Palace v Leeds United
Everton v Manchester United
Leicester City v Wolverhampton*
Manchester City v Liverpool
Southampton v Newcastle United
West Bromwich Albion v Tottenham Hotspur**
West Ham United v Fulham

*Game will be moved back due to club’s participation in the Europa League group stage
**Game may be moved back due to club’s possible participation in Europa League group stage

 

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Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020
Aston Villa v Brighton
Burnley v Crystal Palace
Fulham v Everton
Leeds United v Arsenal
Liverpool v Leicester City
Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion
Newcastle United v Chelsea
Sheffield United v West Ham United
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City
Wolverhampton v Southampton

Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020
Arsenal v Wolverhampton*
Brighton v Liverpool
Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur**
Crystal Palace v Newcastle United
Everton v Leeds United
Leicester City v Fulham*
Manchester City v Burnley
Southampton v Manchester United
West Bromwich Albion v Sheffield United
West Ham United v Aston Villa

*Game will be moved back due to club’s participation in the Europa League group stage
**Game may be moved back due to club’s possible participation in Europa League group stage

Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020
Aston Villa v Newcastle United
Brighton v Southampton
Burnley v Everton
Chelsea v Leeds United
Liverpool v Wolverhampton
Manchester City v Fulham
Sheffield United v Leicester City*
Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal*
West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace
West Ham United v Manchester United

*Game will be moved due to club’s participation in the Europa League group stage

Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020
Arsenal v Burnley*
Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur**
Everton v Chelsea
Fulham v Liverpool
Leeds United v West Ham United
Leicester City v Brighton*
Manchester United v Manchester City
Newcastle United v West Bromwich Albion
Southampton v Sheffield United
Wolverhampton v Aston Villa

*Game will be moved back due to club’s participation in the Europa League group stage
**Game may be moved back due to club’s possible participation in Europa League group stage

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020
Arsenal v Southampton
Aston Villa v Burnley
Fulham v Brighton
Leeds United v Newcastle United
Leicester City v Everton
Sheffield United v Manchester United
West Ham United v Crystal Palace
Wolverhampton v Chelsea

Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020
Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester City v West Bromwich Albion

Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020
Brighton v Sheffield United
Burnley v Wolverhampton
Chelsea v West Ham United
Crystal Palace v Liverpool
Everton v Arsenal
Manchester United v Leeds United
Newcastle United v Fulham
Southampton v Manchester City
Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City
West Bromwich Albion v Aston Villa

Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020
Arsenal v Chelsea
Aston Villa v Crystal Palace
Fulham v Southampton
Leeds United v Burnley
Leicester City v Manchester United
Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion
Manchester City v Newcastle United
Sheffield United v Everton
West Ham United v Brighton
Wolverhampton v Tottenham Hotspur

Monday, Dec. 28, 2020
Brighton v Arsenal
Burnley v Sheffield United
Chelsea v Aston Villa
Crystal Palace v Leicester City
Everton v Manchester City
Manchester United v Wolverhampton
Newcastle United v Liverpool
Southampton v West Ham United
Tottenham Hotspur v Fulham
West Bromwich Albion v Leeds United

Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021
Brighton v Wolverhampton
Burnley v Fulham
Chelsea v Manchester City
Crystal Palace v Sheffield United
Everton v West Ham United
Manchester United v Aston Villa
Newcastle United v Leicester City
Southampton v Liverpool
Tottenham Hotspur v Leeds United
West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021
Arsenal v Crystal Palace
Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur
Fulham v Manchester United
Leeds United v Southampton
Leicester City v Chelsea
Sheffield United v Newcastle United
West Ham United v West Bromwich Albion
Wolverhampton v Everton

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021
Liverpool v Burnley
Manchester City v Brighton

Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021
Arsenal v Newcastle United
Aston Villa v Everton
Fulham v Chelsea
Leeds United v Brighton
Leicester City v Southampton
Liverpool v Manchester United
Manchester City v Crystal Palace
Sheffield United v Tottenham Hotspur
West Ham United v Burnley
Wolverhampton v West Bromwich Albion

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021
Brighton v Fulham
Burnley v Aston Villa
Everton v Leicester City
Manchester United v Sheffield United
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021
Chelsea v Wolverhampton
Crystal Palace v West Ham United
Newcastle United v Leeds United
Southampton v Arsenal
Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool

Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021
Arsenal v Manchester United
Brighton v Tottenham Hotspur
Chelsea v Burnley
Crystal Palace v Wolverhampton
Everton v Newcastle United
Leicester City v Leeds United
Manchester City v Sheffield United
Southampton v Aston Villa
West Bromwich Albion v Fulham
West Ham United v Liverpool

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021
Aston Villa v West Ham United
Burnley v Manchester City
Fulham v Leicester City
Leeds United v Everton
Manchester United v Southampton
Sheffield United v West Bromwich Albion
Wolverhampton v Arsenal

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021
Liverpool v Brighton
Newcastle United v Crystal Palace
Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea

Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021
Aston Villa v Arsenal
Burnley v Brighton
Fulham v West Ham United
Leeds United v Crystal Palace
Liverpool v Manchester City
Manchester United v Everton
Newcastle United v Southampton
Sheffield United v Chelsea
Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion
Wolverhampton v Leicester City

Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021
Arsenal v Leeds United
Brighton v Aston Villa
Chelsea v Newcastle United
Crystal Palace v Burnley
Everton v Fulham
Leicester City v Liverpool
Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur
Southampton v Wolverhampton
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United
West Ham United v Sheffield United

Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021
Arsenal v Manchester City
Aston Villa v Leicester City
Brighton v Crystal Palace
Burnley v West Bromwich Albion
Fulham v Sheffield United
Liverpool v Everton
Manchester United v Newcastle United
Southampton v Chelsea
West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur
Wolverhampton v Leeds United

Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021
Chelsea v Manchester United
Crystal Palace v Fulham
Everton v Southampton
Leeds United v Aston Villa
Leicester City v Arsenal
Manchester City v West Ham United
Newcastle United v Wolverhampton
Sheffield United v Liverpool
Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley
West Bromwich Albion v Brighton

Saturday, March 6, 2021
Aston Villa v Wolverhampton
Brighton v Leicester City
Burnley v Arsenal
Chelsea v Everton
Liverpool v Fulham
Manchester City v Manchester United
Sheffield United v Southampton
Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace
West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle United
West Ham United v Leeds United

Saturday, March 13, 2021
Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur
Crystal Palace v West Bromwich Albion
Everton v Burnley
Fulham v Manchester City
Leeds United v Chelsea
Leicester City v Sheffield United
Manchester United v West Ham United
Newcastle United v Aston Villa
Southampton v Brighton
Wolverhampton v Liverpool

Saturday, March 20, 2021
Brighton v Newcastle United
Burnley v Leicester City
Crystal Palace v Manchester United
Fulham v Leeds United
Liverpool v Chelsea
Manchester City v Wolverhampton
Sheffield United v Aston Villa
Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton
West Bromwich Albion v Everton
West Ham United v Arsenal

Saturday, April 3, 2021
Arsenal v Liverpool
Aston Villa v Fulham
Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion
Everton v Crystal Palace
Leeds United v Sheffield United
Leicester City v Manchester City
Manchester United v Brighton
Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur
Southampton v Burnley
Wolverhampton v West Ham United

Saturday, April 10, 2021
Brighton v Everton
Burnley v Newcastle United
Crystal Palace v Chelsea
Fulham v Wolverhampton
Liverpool v Aston Villa
Manchester City v Leeds United
Sheffield United v Arsenal
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United
West Bromwich Albion v Southampton
West Ham United v Leicester City

Saturday, April 17, 2021
Arsenal v Fulham
Aston Villa v Manchester City
Chelsea v Brighton
Everton v Tottenham Hotspur
Leeds United v Liverpool
Leicester City v West Bromwich Albion
Manchester United v Burnley
Newcastle United v West Ham United
Southampton v Crystal Palace
Wolverhampton v Sheffield United

Saturday, April 24, 2021
Arsenal v Everton
Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion
Fulham v Tottenham Hotspur
Leeds United v Manchester United
Leicester City v Crystal Palace
Liverpool v Newcastle United
Manchester City v Southampton
Sheffield United v Brighton
West Ham United v Chelsea
Wolverhampton v Burnley

Saturday, May 1, 2021
Brighton v Leeds United
Burnley v West Ham United
Chelsea v Fulham
Crystal Palace v Manchester City
Everton v Aston Villa
Manchester United v Liverpool
Newcastle United v Arsenal
Southampton v Leicester City
Tottenham Hotspur v Sheffield United
West Bromwich Albion v Wolverhampton

Saturday, May 8, 2021
Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion
Aston Villa v Manchester United
Fulham v Burnley
Leeds United v Tottenham Hotspur
Leicester City v Newcastle United
Liverpool v Southampton
Manchester City v Chelsea
Sheffield United v Crystal Palace
West Ham United v Everton
Wolverhampton v Brighton

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Brighton v West Ham United
Burnley v Leeds United
Everton v Sheffield United
Manchester United v Leicester City
West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Chelsea v Arsenal
Crystal Palace v Aston Villa
Newcastle United v Manchester City
Southampton v Fulham
Tottenham Hotspur v Wolverhampton

Saturday, May 15, 2021
Brighton v Manchester City
Burnley v Liverpool
Chelsea v Leicester City
Crystal Palace v Arsenal
Everton v Wolverhampton
Manchester United v Fulham
Newcastle United v Sheffield United
Southampton v Leeds United
Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa
West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United

Sunday, May 23, 2021
Arsenal v Brighton
Aston Villa v Chelsea
Fulham v Newcastle United
Leeds United v West Bromwich Albion
Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur
Liverpool v Crystal Palace
Manchester City v Everton
Sheffield United v Burnley
West Ham United v Southampton
Wolverhampton v Manchester United

Club transfers

Chelsea’s transfer dealings so far this summer, which have seen the arrivals of attacking players Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, could make them serious challengers for the title and their prospects will only be enhanced if they capture Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz and strengthen their defence.

The visit of Liverpool to Stamford Bridge so early in the season will give Frank Lampard’s team an opportunity to deliver a statement of intent against the reigning champions, and the team many expect to defend their title.

Liverpool had been in the race to sign Werner from RB Leipzig, but the cost of the deal saw them bow out and allowed Chelsea to pounce, so the spotlight will be firmly fixed on the Germany striker in this game.

MAN CITY vs. ARSENAL (Oct. 17)

Arsenal’s FA Cup semifinal victory over Manchester City last season was a seminal moment under new manager Mikel Arteta, because it showed the progress being made and suggested better times ahead at the Emirates.

The result also gave Arteta a big win over City boss Pep Guardiola, just a few months after quitting his role as the Spaniard’s assistant to take charge at Arsenal.

When the two teams meet in Manchester in October, it will be a game that will tell us whether Arsenal can compete for the title and if City have put last season’s disappointments behind them. For both sides, this fixture will be a signpost towards their prospects for the season.

SPURS vs. ARSENAL (Dec. 5)

Tottenham Hotspur won the first North London derby to be staged at their new stadium in July, but this could be the first time that fans are allowed inside to see the two old rivals face off.

This has always been one of the stand-out fixtures, despite the recent lack of success by both teams. Managers Jose Mourinho and Arteta will be determined to get their clubs back in the top four after both missed out on Champions League qualification last season.

The clash could also be crucial in the race for the Golden Boot if both Harry Kane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang remain at Spurs and Arsenal respectively this summer.

MAN CITY vs. MAN UNITED (Dec. 12)

The first Manchester derby of the season will see City out for revenge after suffering defeat in both league games against United last season.

The clubs will be desperate to position themselves as Liverpool’s biggest challengers for the title, so the outcome of this game could have a major bearing on that.

The fixture will fall just a week before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s second anniversary as United manager. The Norwegian has made good progress in that time, but he needs to get his team closer to City after finishing 15 points behind them last season.

LIVERPOOL vs. MAN CITY (Feb. 6)

Liverpool and City have been the best two teams in the Premier League for almost three years now, and this game could have a huge bearing on the outcome of the title.

With the two sides having already met at the Etihad in November, this one could even end up being a decider in the race for the title if it’s as close as the 2018-19 campaign, when just a point separated the two teams at the end of the season and City won the second meeting between the sides.

City have a terrible record at Anfield, having failed to win there since May 2003, so Guardiola will take his team to Merseyside knowing that the odds will be stacked against them.

LEEDS vs. MAN UNITED (April 24)

With this game taking place just a month before the end of the season, it could be crucial for the ambitions of both clubs, but even if it proves to be nothing more than a mid-table clash with little at stake, it will still be a huge game for both sets of supporters.

The rivalry is one of the most intense in English football and it has been in deep freeze, bar the odd meeting in the cup, since Leeds were relegated in 2004. It will be United’s first Premier League visit to Elland Road since October 2003, and it will be a must-watch fixture.

There are few more hostile and noisy stadiums than Elland Road, especially when Man United come to town, so this will be a big occasion if supporter numbers are close to normal again.

MAN UNITED vs. LIVERPOOL (May 1)

Traditionally, the biggest game in English football between its two biggest and most successful clubs, but this one may have an extra edge if either team is within touching distance of the title.

Liverpool’s 2019-20 success took them to 19 league titles, just one behind United’s record 20, so just imagine the prospect of Jurgen Klopp’s team clinching their 20th at Old Trafford.

On the flip side, United could scupper their rivals’ hopes or even edge closer to their 21st in this game. Whatever is at stake, it will be a huge occasion.

Who has the easiest / toughest start?

Liverpool will fear no team, having finally ended their 30-year title drought last season, but they probably would have hoped for an easier start.

Jurgen Klopp’s team face Leeds, Chelsea and Arsenal in their first three games, so they will have to be ready for action from day one, despite having their summer break cut short due to their involvement in the Community Shield (vs. FA Cup winners Arsenal on Aug. 29).

None of the Big Six have an easy start, with each facing at least one game against another major rival in their opening six, but Spurs have perhaps the most favourable start.

Jose Mourinho’s side face Everton, Southampton and Newcastle in September, before starting October with games against Manchester United, West Ham and Burnley, but if that is an easier start than most, it will be complicated by their involvement in the Europa League qualifiers in the first three midweeks. They will also have to submit a squad for the Carabao Cup third and fourth rounds at the same time as playing European fixtures.

 

Who has the easiest / toughest run-in?

Arsenal face just one of the “Big Six,” Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, in the final month of the season, so if Arteta’s team are in contention for any of the key places they will be boosted by their closing schedule.

Liverpool have a similar run, with only the trip to Manchester United on May 1 likely to cause headaches for Jurgen Klopp’s team.

But in terms of a tough run the finishing line, United have it worse than the rest, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team travelling to Leeds and Wolves in their final six games, as well as facing home games against Liverpool and Leicester.

When will fans be back in stadiums?
The Premier League has said it is “committed to getting fans back into full stadia as soon as possible, with safety always being the priority,” and the earliest possible date even a small percentage of fans can return by government regulations is Oct. 1.

Clubs are working on the prospect of stadiums being able to operate at up to 30% of capacity at the initial stage, but that will depend on the outcome of test events and the COVID-19 infection rate in the country over the coming weeks and months.

Sources have told ESPN, though, that there is an acceptance within the Premier League that normality may not return until the 2021-22 season.

 

Source: ESPN

 

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