The 2020/21 Premier League season will start in few weeks. Here’s what we know so far…
When does the 2020/21 Premier League season start?
The season is due to start on Saturday September 12 after a seven-week break following the conclusion of the 2019/20 campaign, which was disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Individual fixtures were announced on Thursday morning – see them all here – meaning teams can start making specific plans for the new campaign. Among the opening weekend games, defending champions Liverpool have a standout clash with newly-promoted Leeds United at Anfield.
However, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Wolves have been given extra time off by the Premier League having reached the knockout stages of European competition.
When will the 2020/21 Premier League season finish
The season is scheduled to finish on Sunday May 23, 2021 – just 19 days before the rescheduled Euro 2020 kicks off.
Tricky starts and derby dates
Liverpool face an intriguing start to their title defence. After that exciting opener with Leeds, their next fixtures are Chelsea away, Arsenal at home and Aston Villa away before a Merseyside derby with Everton at Goodison Park on October 17. Their first showdown with Manchester City comes on the weekend of November 7.
It’s a tough start for FA Cup holders Arsenal, too, with some testing away days early in the season. After a trip to Fulham on the opening weekend, their next away games are against Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Leeds and then north London rivals Tottenham on December 5.
Who’s up, who’s down?
Leeds are back in the Premier League after a 16-year absence, while West Brom sealed the second automatic promotion spot after a topsy-turvy final day of the Championship season.
Fulham will join them after beating Brentford in the play-off final at Wembley.
Norwich made an immediate return to the second tier, with Watford and Bournemouth relegated on the final day.