With 21 days left to the start of the 2020/2021 English Premier League season due to kick off on Saturday September 12, barely seven weeks after the conclusion of the 2019/20 campaign, which was disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, match schedules and fixtures have been made known.
In the opening weekend games, defending champions Liverpool will play host newly-promoted Leeds United at Anfield, while FA cup champions, Arsenal will visit Craven Cottage for a London derby opener against Fulham.
Elsewhere, Jose Mourinho and Tottenham will kick off at home against Everton, while Leicester City be entertained by Midlands rivals, West Brom.
However, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Wolves have been given extra time off by the Premier League having reached the knockout stages of European competition.
Chelsea and Wolves having been afforded a few days’ extra rest will begin their campaigns on Monday September 14, while Manchester clubs, United and City – whose European dreams got cut short just four weeks before the start of the new Premier League season, will sit out the first round of matches completely and not start until the weekend of September 19.
The season is scheduled to end on Sunday May 23, 2021, 19 days before the rescheduled Euro 2020 kicks off.
In another development, Arsenal have launched their away jersey
As designed by Adidas, the away kit bears an off-white strip with a maroon streaks and a touch of black. The hand-drawn pattern resembles a marble surface, which is a nod to the famed marble halls at their old home ground of Highbury and the fans are loving it.
Some three weeks from now and we will see just how many clubs they can gun down in that jersey.