The 2020-21 Premie League would normally already be well under way by now, but since last season ended quite late due to the coronavirus pandemic (and is still going for a handful teams in Europe), the start of new seasons has been delayed in just about every league in Europe.
The Premier League is set to return on the weekend of September 12. And that’s not far away at all. In fact, today, the fixture lists were released.
And Chelsea will face Brighton & Hove Albion, away, first, followed by the home opener on September 19, against Liverpool.
These will of course change (slightly) as the UK broadcasters Sky, BT, and Amazon pick and choose from them for broadcast (they’re no longer showing everything in the UK as during Project Restart).
Chelsea’s full set of 20/21 Premier League fixtures: pic.twitter.com/wTlEMN8U6G— Olivia Buzaglo (@OliviaBuzaglo) August 20, 2020
For Chelsea, the first fixture has also been delayed to that Monday already, with the Premier League agreeing to give us a whopping two extra days of rest and training due to our two extra weeks of play after the last league match. Same goes for Wolves, who were knocked out of the Europa League on August 11, three days after our elimination from the Champions League. The two Manchester teams did get an extra week from the league to rest following their later-round exits.
The fixtures are here!#PL opening weekend@BurnleyOfficial v @ManUtd@CPFC v @SouthamptonFC@FulhamFC v @Arsenal@LFC v @LUFC @ManCity v @AVFCOfficial@SpursOfficial v @Everton@WBA v @LCFC@WestHam v @NUFC@OfficialBHAFC v @ChelseaFC@SheffieldUnited v @Wolves pic.twitter.com/juBByv7ts1— PA Dugout (@PAdugout) August 20, 2020
Speaking of Europe, here is how our calendar looks around the Champions League matchdays looks at the moment (these start a month later than normal but end right around the same time as usual):
Southampton (H) | CL MD1 (Oct 20-21) | Man Utd (A)
Man Utd (A) | CL MD2 (Oct 27-28) | Burnley (A)
Burnley (A) | CL MD3 (Nov 3-4) | Sheffield Utd (H)
Newcastle (A) | CL MD4 (Nov 24-25) | Spurs (H)
Spurs (H) | CL MD5 (Dec 1-2) | Leeds (H)
Leeds (H) | CL MD6 (Dec 8-9) | Everton (A)