By News Team
3rd September 2020
With the return of the Premier League just around the corner, we’ve taken a look at all you need to know – from the important dates on the calendar, to the fixtures, to which teams are the favourites.
Read on below to find out more.
When will the 2020-21 Premier League start and finish?
The 2020-21 Premier League season is due to start on Saturday 12th September – just 48 days after the 2019-20 campaign ended. Community Shield winners Arsenal travel to play new boys Fulham in the opening game of the season, which takes place at 12:30 BST at Craven Cottage, with the Gunners the 4/7 favourites for victory.
The highlight of the opening day of the season takes place a few hours later at Anfield as reigning champions Liverpool begin their title defence at home to Championship winners Leeds at 17:30 BST in what is set to be a thriller. Liverpool, who won last season’s title by a stunning 18 points, are the 27/100 favourites to see off Marcelo Bielsa’s men.
The new Premier League season also takes place just a few days after England’s UEFA Nations League fixtures, with Gareth Southgate’s men taking on Iceland on Saturday 5th September and Denmark on Tuesday 8th September.
The finish date for the 2020-21 Premier League season is on Sunday 23rd May, 2021 – 253 days after the start of the campaign. As is tradition, all teams will kick off at the same time at 16:00 BST on the final day of the season, with Liverpool v Crystal Palace, Wolves v Manchester United and Leicester v Spurs among the highlights.
International players will have little time to rest after the end of the Premier League season, with Euro 2021 beginning just 20 days later, with the tournament taking place from 12th June to 12th July, 2021 in 12 cities across Europe.
Premier League fixtures released
The Premier League fixtures for the 2020-21 season have been released, with 380 matches due to take place across the campaign involving 20 teams.
We have listed the full fixture list for the season below, though fixtures are subject to change. Kick-offs are 15:00 for Saturdays and Bank Holidays unless stated otherwise.
Saturday 12 September
12:30 Fulham v Arsenal (BT Sport)
Crystal Palace v Southampton
West Ham v Newcastle Utd
17:30 Liverpool v Leeds Utd (Sky Sports)
Sunday 13 September
14:00 West Brom v Leicester City (Sky Sports)
16:30 Spurs v Everton (Sky Sports)
Monday 14 September
20:00 Brighton v Chelsea (Sky Sports)
20:00 Sheffield Utd v Wolves
Saturday 19 September
12:30 Everton v West Brom (BT Sport)
Leeds Utd v Fulham
Leicester City v Burnley
Man Utd v Crystal Palace
17:30 Man Utd v Crystal Palace (Sky Sports)
Sunday 20 September
12:00 Southampton v Spurs (BT Sport)
14:00 Arsenal v West Ham (Sky Sports)
14:00 Aston Villa v Sheff Utd*
14:00 Newcastle Utd v Brighton*
*Due to EFL Cup participation on Thursday 17 Sep
16:30 Chelsea v Liverpool (Sky Sports)
Monday 21 September
20:00 Wolves v Man City (Sky Sports)
Saturday 26 September
12:30 Brighton v Man Utd (BT Sport)
Burnley v Southampton
Crystal Palace v Everton
Spurs v Newcastle Utd
West Ham v Wolves
17:30 West Brom v Chelsea (Sky Sports)
Sunday 27 September
12:00 Sheff Utd v Leeds Utd (BT Sport)
14:00 Fulham v Aston Villa (Sky Sports)
16:30 Man City v Leicester City (Sky Sports)
Monday 28 September
20:00 Liverpool v Arsenal (Sky Sports)
Premier League favourites for 2020
Despite winning the Premier League title by 18 points last season, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are not the favourites to win it this year. That tag belongs to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, who are priced at 8/11 to wrestle back the title off the Reds, and whose efforts could be significantly boosted by Lionel Messi potentially joining the club as rumoured. Liverpool are the 2/1 second favourites for the title, with Chelsea at 11/1 and Manchester United 12/1.
Leeds, Fulham and West Brom are the new boys in the Premier League this season, and it is Fulham who are the Evens favourites to go straight back down to the Championship. West Brom are next in line at 11/10, while Newcastle are third favourites to face the drop at 2/1. Leeds, meanwhile, are seventh favourites at 4/1 to get relegated.
It was Jamie Vardy who got his hands on the Premier League’s Golden Boot last season after netting 23 goals for Leicester. Vardy sits way back at 14/1 to repeat the trick this season, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Harry Kane leading the betting for the Golden Boot, with both players priced at 5/1. Mohamed Salah and Sergio Aguero are next in line at 6/1 and 15/2 respectively.