Fixtures for the 2020/21 Premier League season have been released with matches commencing on the weekend of Saturday, September 12. The league will begin a month later than usual due to delay in completing the 2019/20 season due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The pick of the opening matches will take place at Anfield as Premier League champions Liverpool FC take on newly-promoted Leeds United. Liverpool won the league title by 18 points last season, while Leeds, who won the Championship last season, return to the top-flight for the first time since 2004.

There will also be two derby matches taking place on the opening weekend. In London, North Londoners Arsenal will host newcomers Fulham FC at the Emirates on Saturday, September 12.

Another local tie will see Midlands team Leicester City, who narrowly missed out on Champions League football last season, travel to West Bromwich Albion, the third team to be promoted from the Championship last season.

Premier League runners up Manchester City play Aston Villa while Manchester United will travel to 2019/20 overachievers Burnley. The dates for both of these fixtures have not yet been confirmed as the Premier League need to allow at least 30 days for United and City to recover from their extended European commitments, which only finished last week.

Further opening day fixtures includes Tottenham v Everton, who will both be looking to start positively after disappointing campaigns last season with Tottenham finishing 6th and Everton 12th.

Crystal Palace will begin their seventh straight season in the Premier League at home to Southampton and Newcastle United travel to London to face West Ham United. Both of these fixtures are scheduled for 3 p.m. on September 12.

The final opening fixtures will take place on Monday, September 14 as Brighton and Hove Albion host Frank Lampard’s Chelsea while the Sheffield United and Wolverhampton Wanderers, who both finished in the top half of the table last season, face each other at Bramall Lane.

The first rival fixtures of the season take place on October 17 when Everton host Liverpool at Goodison Park. On December 5 Tottenham welcome Arsenal in the North London derby and Manchester City travel to Old Trafford a week later in the Manchester derby on December 12.

Fixture Pile-up for 2020/21

Last season finished behind schedule as a result of ‘Project Restart’ where the remaining Premier League fixtures were condensed into a two-month period.

This will impact the 2019/20 season with the staggered two-week winter break, only introduced last season, being scrapped between January and February.

Team commitments in domestic cup competitions, the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup, and in the European competitions, the UEFA Cup and the Champions League, will also affect fixtures and will likely cause a pile-up of fixtures.

Furthermore, the busy Christmas period will remain with games taking place on Boxing Day, the 28th of December and on New Years Day.

The end of the season will take place around the same time of a regular season, on May 23, with all matches kicking off at 4 p.m.

However, the FA Cup, final which is usually played after the end of the Premier League season, takes place on May 16, 2021.

Following the end of the season, the Champions League final will be held on May 29 and the European Championships, which were re-scheduled for 2021 after being cancelled in 2020, will begin on June 11, 2021.