The 2020/21 Premier League fixtures have been released for the upcoming campaign that gets underway in just a few weeks, and fans will have been excited to learn who they would be facing at certain points in the schedule.
Indeed, Liverpool would be looking forward to seeing who and where they would be starting their title defence, whereas clubs such as Leeds United, West Bromwich Albion and Fulham will have all been waiting with anticipation as to seeing who they will start their latest Premier League campaigns against.
Of course, not every side will have been as excited once they see who they will be facing from the very beginning, but sometimes it could be in their best interests to have a harder start as it means they could face an easier run at some point in the season which may be crucial in being able to achieve their ambitions for the year ahead.
The release of the opening day fixtures, though, can provide plenty of bettors the excitement and buzz that they desire as it gives them the opportunity to start placing bets on the action once again. Indeed, their excitement is of the same levels that the Lucky Days Review provides punters as well.
So what can fans expect from each game?
Palace v Southampton
A clash that looks rather close on paper, Southampton have lost the likes of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from their squad, whilst Palace will likely lose Wilfried Zaha before the end of the transfer window. Nonetheless, that may still mean the Ivorian could still be at Selhurst Park and that may provide Roy Hodgson’s men the difference need. Saints, though, were strong towards the back-end of last season’s campaign and Ralph Hasenhuttl will want to ensure that continues.
Fulham v Arsenal
Fulham begin life back in the Premier League with a home fixture against Arsenal. Scott Parker will want to see his squad start well, however coming up against London neighbours and FA Cup winners, the Gunners could be a start too hard for the hosts to navigate at Craven Cottage.
Liverpool v Leeds
This fixture can be looked at in two different ways: a dream start, or a nightmare. Leeds United will be excited to return to the top-flight for the first time in 16 years, however they have been handed the prize of playing against one of the best teams in the world as a starting point. Marcelo Bielsa will want to see his side challenge against the best, but it could be a horrible start for the Whites. Jurgen Klopp will want to see his side dominate the league once again, but a tie against a Leeds side could be difficult and one that may require an added dimension.
Tottenham v Everton
Tottenham may have managed to qualify for the Europa League but Jose Mourinho will want to see improvements from his team from the off. In his first full season in charge of the club, you can imagine Spurs will want to have a quick start. The same could be said for Carlo Ancelotti and his Everton side, though. Disappointing throughout 2019/20, the Italian will want to see improvements from his team immediately and movements in the transfer market would suggest business will happen.
West Brom v Leicester City
West Brom will take on Leicester in their opening game of their latest Premier League campaign in what could be a rather tight game. The Foxes will want to avenge their disappointing finish in the league last season, although they still have Europa League football to enjoy. WBA, led by Slaven Bilic, will want to make a fast start and will fancy their chances.
West Ham v Newcastle
Both sides will want to improve on their previous campaigns and will want to get to work quickly, which could then see West Ham and Newcastle finish as a draw. Steve Bruce and David Moyes are both experienced managers and will likely cancel each other out with their gameplans.
Brighton v Chelsea
This fixture last season did not go to Frank Lampard’s plans as Alireza Jahanbakhsh scored an outrageous overhead volley to share a spoil of the points. Brighton will be further strengthened this summer, but so will the Blues as Chelsea will have the likes of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech in their ranks, whilst men like Ben Chilwell and Kai Havertz could also be in the team by the time the fixture is played on Monday.
Sheff Utd v Wolves
An interesting clash between two of the Premier League’s surprise packages over the past couple of years, Sheffield United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers has all the ability to produce a classic. Admittedly, it depends on the business that is conducted in the summer transfer window, but if the sides strengthen and do not lose their stars, then an entertaining draw could be on the cards.
Burnley v Man Utd
Burnley have a difficult start to the Premier League campaign as they host Manchester United, although their fixture has been postponed due to the club’s extended run in the Europa League. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side should fancy themselves against the Clarets, though, and will look to mount a title challenge from the very beginning.
Man City v Aston Villa
Manchester City vs Aston Villa is another game to have been postponed due to extended competitive European action, and that will likely be welcomed by the Villans. There is nothing worse than playing against a hurt Pep Guardiola side and with just weeks between their Champions League defeat and the start of the Premier League campaign, Dean Smith’s job could have been hard from the very start.