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Leeds face unenviable task at fast starters Man Utd

14 Jun 2021
Bruno Fernandes

Red Devils boast best opening-day record, while Guardiola and Klopp have yet to taste defeat

The fixtures for the new Premier League season have been released, but who has been handed the most difficult fixture first up?

See: Premier League 2021/22 fixtures released

History has it that the team to fear most on the opening weekend are Manchester United, and Leeds United have been handed the unenviable task of travelling to Old Trafford on Saturday 14 August.

Among current Premier League teams, Man Utd have the best record of average point returns in Matchweek 1, with 2.18.

But Leeds have only been beaten once in 13 PL opening-weekend matches, the fewest defeats of any of the 2021/22 clubs bar Brentford, who will play in the competition for the first time when they entertain Arsenal on Friday 13 August.

With one victory and one defeat fewer than Man Utd, Chelsea are the next-closest Matchweek 1 specialists with an average of 2.07. The Blues host Crystal Palace first up on the opening Saturday.

Top five MW1 records of current clubs
Club P W D L Pts/match
MUN* 29 19 4 6 2.18 
CHE 29 18 6 5 2.07
LIV 29 17 8 4 2.03 
ARS 29 16 6 7 1.86
MCI* 23 12 6 5 1.83

*Man City and Man Utd didn't play a Matchweek 1 fixture in 2020/21

See: How all 50 PL teams have fared on opening weekend

Liverpool have the fewest defeats of all the ever-present teams, with four, while manager Jurgen Klopp boasts an impressive 80 per cent winning record in matches on the opening weekend, with four victories.

The Reds travel to Norwich City in their opening fixture on 14 August and will hope for a repeat of their 4-1 victory when the two sides last met in a Matchweek 1 duel, back in 2019/20 when Liverpool went on to win the title.

Pep Guardiola will look to maintain his perfect Matchweek 1 record with Manchester City, having won his opening fixture in each of his five seasons in charge so far. But the champions face a tough start at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday 15 August.

Carlo Ancelotti and former Nottingham Forest manager Frank Clark also hold perfect starts, but from half as many matches as Guardiola, with three victories each.

Watford lead the way among the promoted teams with an average of 0.86pts, winning one and drawing three of their seven season openers so far. They will host Aston Villa on 14 August this time around.

Remember, you can get all 380 fixtures sent directly to your mobile device by using the Premier League's digital calendar at

See: Everything you need to know about the 2021/22 fixtures

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