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How will the first and last PL weekends look?

Thursday 20 August 2020 10:07

The 2020/21 Premier League season will be unique for a number of reasons, including the latest start to a campaign, but for Manchester United the opening round of fixtures will be an even more unusual experience.

That’s because the Reds won’t actually be involved when the new term kicks off on 12 September, due to our late involvement in this season’s UEFA Europa League.

With United and Manchester City making it to the latter stages of a European competition this month, the Premier League have agreed that both clubs’ 2020/21 campaigns will be delayed by a week.
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That means United’s trip to Burnley and City’s home meeting with Aston Villa will be rearranged for later in the season. Instead, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men will begin the new term by hosting Crystal Palace the following weekend, while Manchester City will travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Wolves and Chelsea also had European campaigns that ran into August, and the Premier League have agreed to push their first matches of 2020/21 back to 14 September. Nuno Espirito Santos’s men will start the season by meeting Sheffield United at Molineux, while Chelsea face a journey to Brighton & Hove Albion.

Elsewhere on the opening weekend, top-flight returnees Leeds United face Liverpool at Anfield, Tottenham Hotspur host Everton, while it’s an all-London affair as Arsenal make the trip to the west of the capital to play Fulham.
Some nine months later and the 2020/21 campaign will wrap up on Sunday 23 May with all 20 sides in action simultaneously.

United end with an away fixture against Wolves, a familiar opponent for the Reds, as we’ve face the Midlands outfit eight times over the last two seasons.

Meanwhile, our old foes Liverpool will welcome Crystal Palace to Merseyside on the final day, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City host Everton and Chelsea travel to Villa Park.

Leicester City v Tottenham could have huge significance at the top of the table on that May afternoon, while Arsenal lock horns with Brighton at the Emirates Stadium.
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Burnley v UNITED
Manchester City v Aston Villa

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

Brighton & Hove Albion v Chelsea
Sheffield United v Wolverhampton Wanderers



Arsenal v Brighton & Hove Albion
Aston Villa v Chelsea
Fulham v Newcastle United
Leeds v West Bromwich Albion
Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur
Liverpool v Crystal Palace
Manchester City v Everton
Sheffield United v Burnley
West Ham United v Southampton
Wolverhampton Wanderers v UNITED

*All fixtures dates are provisional and could be subject to change as the season unfolds.


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