Who will your club face first up? All the reaction as the Premier League fixtures for the 2020/21 season are released.

09:23

MAN CITY SIT OUT OPENING WEEKEND

Because of their European commitments this month, Manchester City’s Premier League season will begin against Wolves on September 19.

That’s a full week after opening day, and means City will play just two league games in September, the trip to Molineux followed by a home game against Leicester City.

An away date at Leeds will take place at the start of October before the international break, meaning that City will have only played three times in the league before the clash with Arsenal on October 17.

City’s meetings with champions Liverpool are currently scheduled for November 7 and February 6.

For the full list of Manchester City’s fixtures, click here.

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09:19

WHEN CAN FANS RETURN?

Sky Sports News’ chief reporter Bryan Swanson:

“The Premier League has said it’s committed to getting fans back inside stadiums as soon as possible but safety remains their priority. This is one for the government. They have the final say on when stadiums can open again. Talks are continuing but there is no fixed date for fans to return to ground as it’s too fluid and uncertain. Government officials told me they want to wait to see how some pilot events go. They are working towards some sort of phased return for fans from October 1 but there is a long wait as far as clubs are concerned. Everyone wants it to happen but crucially it has to be safe.”09:18

‘GETTING THE BALANCE RIGHT’

Sky Sports News reporter Bryan Swanson takes a look at today’s Premier League fixtures confirmation – and how the league has handled the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

09:14

DELAYED START FOR MAN UNITED

Manchester United will sit out the opening weekend of the new Premier League season – before facing a tough run of fixtures through September and October.

Following United’s prolonged run in the Europa League, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will sit out the opening round of the new campaign.

With their trip to Burnley postponed, United will instead start the season against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on the weekend of September 19.

After then visiting Brighton, United face a tricky set of games.

A meeting with Tottenham will be followed by a visit to Newcastle and then games against Chelsea, Arsenal and Everton.

For the full list of Man United’s fixtures, click here

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09:11

‘GETTING THAT BALANCE RIGHT’

Sky Sports News’ chief reporter Bryan Swanson:

“For the Premier League it’s all about getting the balance right. Giving the clubs and players some break but trying to do what they can to assure that the impact of the coronavirus pandemic hits too hard on next season. It’s no surprise to see Manchester United and City’s game delayed by a week due to their involvement in Europe. Chelsea and Wolves play a couple of days later.”09:11

LIVERPOOL BEGIN TITLE DEFENCE BY HOSTING LEEDS

Champions Liverpool will host newly-promoted Leeds on the opening weekend of the 2020/21 Premier League season.

Jurgen Klopp’s side, who won the 2019/20 title by 18 points, welcome Leeds back to the Premier League after their 16-year absence on the weekend of September 12, before going to Chelsea on the weekend of September 19.

Liverpool then host Arsenal on September 26, then go to Aston Villa on October 3.

That’s followed by the first Merseyside derby of the campaign on October 17 at Goodison Park, following the international break. The return Merseyside derby at Anfield is scheduled for February 20.

For the full list of Liverpool’s fixtures, click here

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09:07

WHEN WILL DERBY GAMES BE PLAYED? 

Derby games are always a highlight of the Premier League calendar. 

Here are some of the big games to look out for that will have more than just three points at stake among the local fan bases. 

Manchester derby

  • Manchester United v Manchester City (December 12)
  • Manchester City v Manchester United (March 6)

Merseyside derby

  • Everton v Liverpool (October 17)
  • Liverpool v Everton (February 20)

North West derby

  • Liverpool v Manchester United (January 16)
  • Manchester United v Liverpool (May 5)

North London derby

  • Tottenham v Arsenal (December 5)
  • Arsenal v Tottenham (March 13)

West London derby

  • Fulham v Chelsea (January 16)
  • Chelsea v Fulham (May 1)

Black Country derby

  • Wolves v West Brom (January 16)
  • West Brom v Wolves (May 1)

West Midlands derby

  • West Brom v Aston Villa (December 19)
  • Aston Villa v West Brom (April 24)

Pennines derby

  • Manchester United v Leeds United (December 19)
  • Leeds United v Manchester United (April 24)
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09:02

BOXING DAY BONANZA

While it may be more than four months away, the festive fixture list has thrown up some potential Christmas crackers with Chelsea‘s trip to Arsenal among the most eye-catching as a repeat of the 2020 FA Cup final.

Two of the rivals for last season’s Champions League places also go head to head with Leicester City facing Manchester United, while champions Liverpool will have the home comforts of Anfield as they play West Brom.

December 26 fixtures:

  • 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
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09:01

WHEN WILL THE TOP FOUR MEET? 

Games between the top sides are often pivotal in deciding the outcome of the Premier League title race. 

Here is when last season’s top four will meet, with the first big clash coming in Week 2 when champions Liverpool travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Frank Lampard’s Chelsea. 

  • Chelsea v Liverpool (September 19)
  • Manchester United v Chelsea (October 24)
  • Manchester City v Liverpool (November 7)
  • Manchester United v Manchester City (December 12)
  • Chelsea v Manchester City (January 2)
  • Liverpool v Manchester United (January 16)
  • Liverpool v Manchester City (February 2)
  • Chelsea v Manchester United (February 27)
  • Manchester City v Manchester United (March 6)
  • Liverpool v Chelsea (March 20)
  • Manchester United v Liverpool (May 1)
  • Manchester City v Chelsea (May 8)
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09:00

CHAMPIONS KICK OFF WITH LEEDS VISIT

Premier League champions Liverpool will begin the defence of their title with the visit of newly-promoted Leeds United to Anfield when the season kicks off on September 12.

Marcelo Bielsa’s men face an instant test of their top-flight credentials in an eye-catching contest on opening day.

Manchester United and Manchester City have been drawn to face Burnley away and Aston Villa at home respectively but those games will be played at a later date to allow the Manchester clubs extra time to recover from their European seasons.

Other Premier League newcomers Fulham are at home to Arsenal for a London derby of sorts, while West Brom host Leicester City.

The games to be played on Monday night – September 14 – are Brighton Chelsea and Sheffield United Wolves.

September 12 fixtures:

  • Crystal Palace v Southampton
  • Fulham v Arsenal
  • Liverpool v Leeds United
  • Manchester City v Aston Villa
  • Tottenham Hotspur v Everton
  • West Bromwich Albion v Leicester City
  • West Ham United v Newcastle United

September 14 fixtures:

  • Brighton v Chelsea
  • Sheffield Utd v Wolves 
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08:52

THE FINAL COUNTDOWN

Got something to do? Get it done! We’ll have the opening-weekend fixtures for you right here in just a few minutes.

You’ll find all Premier League fixtures – by round and by club – on skysports.com and the Sky Sports app too.

On your marks, set….08:40

WILL THE 30-DAY REST RULE APPLY?

The Premier League have said that clubs playing in Europe would be given a minimum 30-day rest period in light of their involvements in the Champions League and Europa League. Here’s when the four teams in question played:

  • Wolves: August 11
  • Chelsea: August 8
  • Man City: August 15
  • Man Utd: August 16

The opening weekend is set for September 12, so both City and United may be exempt from playing on the first weekend. We’ll find out soon.08:26

PREMIER LEAGUE WINNER?

Manchester City, despite being swatted aside by Liverpool last season, are once again favourites for the title at Evens with Sky Bet. Jurgen Klopp’s men are 13/8 to go back-to-back and Manchester United are next in at 8/1.

FULL ODDS HERE!08:14

WHAT’S NEW FOR NEXT SEASON? 

  • After adopting five substitutes in the Premier League, and nine players on the bench, after the coronavirus restart in 2019/20 because of the sheer number of games, it’s back to normal for the new season after clubs voted in favour of scrapping the new rule at their AGM on August 6. 
  • The VAR referee review area – the screen at the side of the pitch which often drew criticism for its lack of use last season – will be used more for subjective decisions over goals, red cards and penalties. 
  • Wolves fans will like this one. Any part of player’s body that is on the ground when a penalty kick is taken will be classed as encroachment. So if any part of the foot is on the penalty area or arc line, it will be seen to be encroaching. The player must still have a material impact on the outcome of the kick. 
    Source: Skysport

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