• Liverpool start title defence against newly promoted Leeds United

Liverpool’s title celebrations

Saturday, September 12, 2020 is it. What many football pundits as well as fans passionately describe as the most exciting league in the world will again take the centre stage.

With the COVID-19 new normal era staring everyone in the face, Champions Liverpool can start warming up in earnest for their title defence. And without any doubt, the Jurgen Klopp tutored Reds can not ignore the reality that former champions, Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United are among those breathing down their neck in the chase for this coveted crown.

That Leeds United are back among the big boys will be unveiled at no other venue than Anfield. The newly-promoted side will be flagging off their season’s campaign against the reigning champions Liverpool.

opening the defence of their title at home to newly-promoted Leeds.

Elsewhere in the first round of fixtures, Arsenal take in a London derby date at Fulham and Chelsea travel to Brighton.

Jose Mourinho and Tottenham kick off on home soil against Everton, Leicester go to Midlands rivals West Brom, Sheffield United welcome Wolves to Bramall Lane, West Ham play host to Newcastle United and Crystal Palace entertain Southampton.

Manchester United and Manchester City, who had been due to open against Burnley and Aston Villa respectively, will see their games postponed on the back of their runs through to the latter stages of the Europa League and Champions League.

The games will come thick and fast from that point in the new campaign, with divisions around the world still playing catch-up on the back of coronavirus-enforced disruption in 2019-20.

A mouth-watering clash between Liverpool and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge is due to take place on September 19, with Jurgen Klopp’s side then due to face Arsenal on the following weekend.

Manchester United will take in another reunion with Mourinho at Old Trafford in early October, while the first Merseyside derby of the campaign is pencilled in for October 17.

That matchday will also see City take on Arsenal, as Mikel Arteta once again faces off against his managerial mentor Pep Guardiola.

Manchester United welcome Chelsea to Old Trafford on October 24, a week before rekindling their long-running rivalry with the Gunners.

Man City will be looking to put down a title marker when they play host to Liverpool on November 7, and Guardiola’s side also have a trip to Tottenham to take in that month.

A testing run for Spurs will also see them face Chelsea in November, while they open December with a north London derby date against neighbours Arsenal.

On December 12, United and City are due to lock horns at Old Trafford and Wolves will face local rivals Aston Villa.

Manchester United will renew their rivalry with Leeds on December 19, before facing Leicester on Boxing Day.

The new year is welcomed in with a heavyweight bout between Chelsea and Manchester City in west London on January 2, with Liverpool then playing host to Manchester United on the 16th.

Spurs entertain the champions a few days before Arsenal do the same with the Red Devils, with early February then seeing Tottenham take on Chelsea and Liverpool host City.

Everton’s trip to Anfield is set for February 20 as things stand, the same day as United are due at Stamford Bridge.

The second Manchester derby of the season is intended to take place in March, along with Arsenal’s hosting of Spurs and clashes with the Gunners and Chelsea for Liverpool.

Yorkshire foes Leeds and Sheffield United will go head-to-head at Elland Road in April, while May 1 is due to see Liverpool head to Manchester to take on United.

Klopp’s side will bring the curtain down on their campaign at home to Crystal Palace on May 23, with the final round of fixtures also seeing Chelsea face Villa, Arsenal tackle Brighton, City entertain Everton and United pay a visit to Wolves. – With reports from Goal.com

All fixtures are subject to change around TV schedules

Premier League 2020-21 Opening Weekend Fixtures

Date Time (UK) Match
Saturday September 12 3pm Liverpool vs Leeds United
Saturday September 12 3pm Tottenham vs Everton
Saturday September 12 3pm Crystal Palace vs Southampton
Saturday September 12 3pm Fulham vs Arsenal
Saturday September 12 3pm West Brom vs Leicester City
Saturday September 12 3pm West Ham vs Newcaslte United
Monday September 14 8pm Brighton vs Chelsea
Monday September 14 8pm Sheffield United vs Wolves

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