Premier League fixtures released – Liverpool face Leeds in opening day cracker

Champions Liverpool begin their title defence against returning Premier League giants Leeds, pitting Jurgen Klopp against Marco Bielsa in what promises to be an intriguing tactical battle between two of the game’s greatest minds.

Liverpool will face Leeds United

Manchester City take on Aston Villa at the Etihad in their opening fixture, while Chelsea and Manchester United travel away to Brighton and Burnley respectively to kick off their league campaigns.

Tottenham will host Everton in their opening fixture of the 2020/21 season, before a trip to Southampton and a home game against Newcastle.

Arsenal have a tough set of opening Premier League fixtures to negotiate, playing Liverpool, Man City and Man Utd all away from home in the first seven games.

In the Premier League, the Gunners have not won an away match against a ‘big-six’ side in their last 25 attempts.

Manchester United will sit out the opening weekend of the new Premier League season – before facing a tough run of fixtures through September and October.

Following United’s prolonged run in the Europa League, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will sit out the opening round of the new campaign.

With their trip to Burnley postponed, United will instead start the season against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on the weekend of September 19.

After then visiting Brighton, United face a tricky set of games.

A meeting with Tottenham will be followed by a visit to Newcastle and then games against Chelsea, Arsenal and Everton.

While it may be more than four months away, the festive fixture list has thrown up some potential Christmas crackers with Chelsea’s trip to Arsenal among the most eye-catching as a repeat of the 2020 FA Cup final.

Two of the rivals for last season’s Champions League places also go head to head with Leicester City facing Manchester United, while champions Liverpool will have the home comforts of Anfield as they play West Brom.

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