Title contenders face early heavyweight duels

20 Aug 2020
Chelsea v Liverpool

Liverpool take on Chelsea and Arsenal among their opening three fixtures, while Man City kick off against Wolves and Leicester

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Premier League fans will not have to wait long for the competition's heavyweights to collide after the 2020/21 fixtures were released.

See: 2020/21 Premier League fixtures

Liverpool have been handed a tough start to their title defence, with two of their opening three fixtures coming against teams who finished in the top eight in 2019/20.

After hosting promoted Leeds United on the opening weekend, the Reds visit Chelsea before entertaining Arsenal.

Jurgen Klopp's side can take heart from their league double over Chelsea last season, winning an Anfield thriller 5-3 in July, on the night they lifted the PL Trophy.

They won their home match against the Gunners in 2019/20 too.

But their last meeting with Arsenal ended in a 2-1 defeat, at Emirates Stadium in July.

Tricky City start

Manchester City have a similarly tricky start, facing Wolverhampton Wanderers, who finished seventh, and Leicester City, who were fifth, in their first two matches before hosting Arsenal in Matchweek 5.

Pep Guardiola's side then host Liverpool in Matchweek 8, when they will target a repeat of July's 4-0 home win over the champions.

Early top-six head-to-heads
Date Match Date Match
19 Sep Chelsea v Liverpool 7 Nov Man City v Liverpool
26 Sep Man City v Leicester 21 Nov Liverpool v Leicester
3 Oct Man Utd v Spurs 21 Nov Spurs v Man City
24 Oct Man Utd v Chelsea 28 Nov Chelsea v Spurs

Manchester United have successive home matches against Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea in October, either side of a visit to Newcastle United.

But it is Spurs who arguably face the trickiest spell heading towards the end of the calendar year.

Jose Mourinho's side face seven of last season's top eight teams between Matchweeks 9 and 15. 

That spell also features three successive London derbies, starting with Mourinho's return to Stamford Bridge as he visits his former club Chelsea, followed by the north London derby against Arsenal.

Fabulous February 

The month of February also offers Premier League supporters mouthwatering fixtures in each of the five match rounds.

In the first round of matches for the month, Spurs host Chelsea in midweek.

Then at the weekend, the return match between Liverpool and Man City takes place at Anfield.

The following weekend, the champions travel to Leicester, while Man City host Spurs.

A week later, there is the second edition of the Merseyside derby at Anfield, as well as Arsenal's home match with Man City.

The month ends with Chelsea playing at home to Man Utd and Arsenal travelling to Leicester, the team who replaced the Gunners in the top six last season.

Date Match Date Match
3 Feb Spurs v Chelsea 20 Feb Arsenal v Man City
6 Feb Liverpool v Man City 20 Feb Liverpool v Everton
13 Feb Leicester v Liverpool 27 Feb Chelsea v Man Utd
13 Feb Man City v Spurs 27 Feb Leicester v Arsenal

Leicester face a tough end to 2020/21 as they look to build on their fifth-placed finish last season.

In their final three matches the Foxes face the teams with whom they took a top-four battle down to the final fixture of 2019/20.

Leicester travel to Man Utd and then to Chelsea before they host Spurs on the final day of the campaign.

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

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