It feels like only yesterday that the English Premier League season came to an end – such is the fast-paced nature of professional football in the COVID-19 pandemic. While many clubs are focusing their attention on the summer transfer window and what they can do to improve their chances this season, a lot of fans took great interest in the release of the official fixtures for the 2020/21 campaign.
With just over two weeks remaining until the new season gets underway, we thought it’d be a good idea to take a look at the opening set of games to pick out what really will be ‘can’t miss’ on the weekend of September 12th.
Burnley vs Manchester United
It’s a fascinating local derby to start for United against a Burnley side that, as they proved last season, are more than capable of surprising people.
Manchester City vs Aston Villa
Villa will have to hold on for dear life from the very first minute against City, especially if some of the transfer rumours involving them turn out to be true.
Crystal Palace vs Southampton
Southampton should be full of confidence after how their Premier League season ended, whereas Palace are searching for answers under Hodgson.
Fulham vs Arsenal
It’s a tough return to life in the top flight for Fulham, especially when you consider the business Arsenal have been doing.
Liverpool vs Leeds
This is easily the tie of the weekend as two of the greatest clubs in English football history square off to mark Leeds’ return to the big time against the reigning champions.
Tottenham vs Everton
Two clubs that should be doing much, much better than they actually are – but can either make an emphatic statement to kick off the season?
West Brom vs Leicester
Many will expect Leicester to cruise to all three points here, but the Baggies will fancy their chances given how the Foxes collapsed in their Champions League quest last season.
West Ham vs Newcastle
Here we have two teams looking to prove that they aren’t just ‘big’ clubs because of their name value and fan support – they’re big clubs because they can make a difference in the top half.
Brighton vs Chelsea
The Seagulls need to focus on defending for their lives because if they try to go straight at this new look Chelsea side, they could be in trouble.
Sheffield United vs Wolves
Wolves only have domestic football to focus on this season which should be quite scary for the teams around them to deal with, whereas Sheffield United want to avoid the dreaded second season syndrome.
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