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Rivalries renewed as long-awaited derbies return

21 Aug 2020
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Fans can mark their calendars for Yorkshire and Midlands showdowns while Fulham add to number of all-London matches

After the release of the 2020/21 Premier League fixtures, fans of the Premier League have more derbies to look forward to this season with the return of Leeds UnitedWest Bromwich Albion and Fulham to the competition. 

See: 2020/21 Premier League fixtures

Midlands meetings

The promotion of West Brom means a renewal of the Black Country derby with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

But the two teams' supporters must wait until the new year for their fiercest of rivalries to be revived, with the Baggies travelling the seven miles to Molineux on 16 January.

That match will come nearly nine years after the two sides last met in the Premier League, West Brom securing a 2-0 victory at The Hawthorns before Peter Odemwingie's hat-trick inspired a 5-1 success in the return fixture.

West Brom have a closer rival in Aston Villa, who are located just four miles away, and the two teams meet for their first West Midlands derby of the season at The Hawthorns on 19 December.

Yorkshire meetings

It has been 19 years since the Premier League hosted a Yorkshire derby and 26 years since Leeds fans last saw their side take on Sheffield United, their rivals from the south of "God's Own County", in the top flight.

But the wait to face each other will soon be over for the two teams as they meet at Bramall Lane in Matchweek 3.

Leeds fans have pleasant memories of the Premier League's last Yorkshire derby, the Whites beating Bradford City 6-1 in May 2001.   

Derby renewals in 2020/21
Match 1 Teams Match 2
26 Sep Sheff Utd v Leeds 3 Apr
19 Dec West Brom v Aston Villa 24 Apr
16 Jan Fulham v Chelsea 1 May
16 Jan Wolves v West Brom 1 May

On the same day as the first Black Country derby takes place, an even closer rivalry will be renewed in west London, where Fulham will host neighbours Chelsea.

Craven Cottage lies just a mile down the road from Chelsea's Stamford Bridge stadium, slightly more than the distance across Stanley Park that separates Liverpool's Anfield and Everton's Goodison Park. 

This is one of 60 London derbies set to take place in the 2020/21 Premier League, with Arsenal's short trip to Craven Cottage the first on the opening weekend.

Stay up to date with all the fixtures with the Premier League's digital calendar.

See: Everything you need to know about the 2020/21 fixtures

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