The excitement for the new English Premier League season has well and truly arrived as fans are beginning to mark their calendars highlighting their team’s huge derby games and big away trips.
The English Premier League 2019/2020 is set to kickstart on Friday, 9th August as last season’s runners-up Liverpool entertain newly-promoted Norwich City at Anfield.
Champions Manchester City begin their title defence away to West Ham United at the London Stadium in an early kick-off on Saturday, 10th August. Pep Guardiola’s men will look to clinch the coveted trophy for a third time in a row, becoming the first team to do so since Manchester United between 2007 and 2009.
Tottenham Hotspur also face a promoted team in Aston Villa, who beat Derby County in the Championship play-off final. Spurs’ efforts in the Champions League will provide a major boost for Mauricio Pochettino, who will look forward to a promising domestic campaign next season.
North London rivals Arsenal visit Newcastle in a tricky away trip on blockbuster Sunday which also includes a mammoth opening day fixture at Old Trafford as Manchester United take on Chelsea.
The two London clubs, Arsenal and Chelsea, met in the Europa League final in Baku last month, with Chelsea coming out on top in a convincing 4-1 victory. Both teams are still adapting to their new managers Unai Emery and Maurizio Sarri, but could be ones to watch out for next season.
After a disappointing last season which saw them finish sixth, Manchester United are looking to revamp their squad in this summer’s transfer window. Ole Gunnar Solskjær will have great pressure on his shoulders to deliver at Old Trafford next season and the opening day game against Chelsea will be a perfect way to kickstart their campaign.
Manchester City and Liverpool are once again looking like this season’s prime contenders to lift the Premier League trophy in May after they went head-to-head in one of the most thrilling title-races in the English top-flight history last season.
Below are the opening day fixtures of the English Premier League which will be played on the weekend following Friday, August 9.
Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur collide in the second gameweek following the big game at Old Trafford. Liverpool host Arsenal in the third matchday before the Gunners entertain Tottenham Hotspur in a mouthwatering North London derby to round off a scintillating opening month of fixtures in the new Premier League season.
Fans will surely keep an eye on the top-six mini-league containing the Premier League giants.
This season’s Premier League will also see a mid-season break being introduced for the first time in the competition’s history. The English top-flight will follow other top European Leagues and give its players a much-needed breather before the European knock-out phases.
The two-week break will take place in February, with five Premier League matches being played on one weekend and the other five on the following weekend. Fans will be able to watch their favourite football league on both weekends whilst each team will be able to enjoy two weeks off.