The fixtures for the new Premier League season have been released and the opening weeks have some fascinating games to look forward to. In what could be an incredibly tight title race, after Liverpool romped to glory last season, getting off to a good start will be crucial.
Manchester City are current favourites across the board, priced at 21/20 with Unibet to reclaim the Premier League crown, while current champions, Liverpool, are a 37/20 shot. Manchester United, who finished the 19/20 season so well, are an 8/1 chance, and you can get odds of 13/1 for Chelsea to finish top of the pile.
Both Manchester clubs sit out the opening week
The Premier League season is due to kick off on Saturday, September 12, but Manchester City and Manchester United will not start their campaigns until September 19. This is because both clubs were involved in European competitions into mid-August, so both have been given an extra week’s rest.
Therefore, Burnley v Manchester United, and Manchester City v Aston Villa have been postponed and will be rescheduled for later in the season.
Leeds return to the elite with a trip to Anfield
The standout fixture on the opening day of the season will see Leeds United return to Premier League action for the first time in 16 years with a trip to Anfield to face current champions, Liverpool. Liverpool are unbeaten in their last eight games against Leeds in all competitions and you must go back to April 2001 for the last time the Yorkshire club beat the Reds. However, despite losing their last three games at Anfield, Leeds have fewer losses compared to games played on the opening day of the season than any other club since the Premier League began.
Liverpool are strong favourites to get their season off to a winning start, priced at 7/25 with Unibet to beat Leeds, while the newly promoted visitors are 19/2 to cause an upset at Anfield.
Chelsea visit the seaside to open their campaign
Chelsea could surprise a few people next season, but must wait until Monday, September 14, before they can start their campaign with a trip to Brighton. The Blues, who lost the FA Cup final before being dumped out of the Champions League by Bayern Munich, have added some exciting signings to their young squad, and could be a force if they can tighten up defensively.
Despite only being fourth favourites to win the Premier League, they are being backed at 3/4 by Unibet to get off to a winning start at Brighton, with the hosts a 18/5 chance to beat the Blues.
Other fixtures on the opening day
- Crystal Palace v Southampton
- Fulham v Arsenal
- Tottenham v Everton
- West Brom v Leicester City
- West Ham v Newcastle
- Sheffield United v Wolves