Premier League fixtures: Liverpool handed mouthwatering opening clash

Date published: Thursday 20th August 2020 9:14

Premier League football

Liverpool will begin the defence of their Premier League title by facing new boys Leeds United, who are back in the top flight after 16 years away.

The Reds romped to their first league title in 30 years last season but the pressure is on to muster a good defence of their credentials.

Their opening test is a visit of Marcelo Bielsa’s men to Anfield, with the Whites keen to impress. Liverpool and Leeds have met twice since the 2003/04 season, the Merseyside club winning both matches.

As revealed on Wednesday, both Manchester United and Manchester City have been granted an extra week off after their European runs. The pair have both, therefore, been left out of the opening round of fixtures.

United will travel to Turf Moor while City will host Aston Villa, with both ties to be scheduled at a later date.

Elsewhere on the opening weekend, Chelsea will travel to Brighton, where new arrivals Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner will be looking to make their top-flight debuts.

Reports on Wednesday revealed that the Blues, as well as Wolves, will be allowed to start their campaigns on September 14, after they were also involved in European competition.

Tottenham face Everton in north London and and Arsenal travel across the capital to face Fulham.

With Championship winners Leeds travelling to Anfield, fellow automatic promotion winners West Brom will play Leicester at The Hawthorns.

Opening weekend fixtures in full:

  • 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
  • Brighton v Chelsea
  • Sheffield United v Wolves

To be scheduled at a later date:

  • Burnley v Manchester United
  • Manchester City v Aston Villa

 

BOXING DAY BONANZA

As always, December is set to be the busiest month for Premier League action, with the Boxing Day fixtures the headline acts of the month.

The headline act is a clash between Arsenal and Chelsea at The Emirates, with Liverpool hosting West Brom at Anfield.

Elsewhere, Manchester United travel to Leicester in their Boxing Day clash with Leeds hosting Burnley.

Boxing Day fixtures in full:

  • 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

 

KEY DERBY MATCHES

As for derby matches between sides, Everton host Liverpool in the first Merseyside derby of the season on October 17. Jurgen Klopp’s men then host their arch-rivals on February 20.

Manchester United host Manchester City on December 12, before travelling to the Etihad Stadium on March 6.

Menawhile, Tottenham face Arsenal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 5, before the sides meet at The Emirates on March 13.

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