Anticipation for the 2019/20 EPL season has stepped up a gear with the announcement of the full fixture list… but when are all the biggest battles taking place?
Below we analyse the 2019/20 Premier League fixtures in further detail, with plenty of games to look forward to from the first few weeks of the season.
Premier League Fixtures 2019/20
What can we expect from the Premier League opening day fixtures?
The 2019/20 Premier League season starts with some Friday night football on 9th August as Premier League new-boys Norwich City face a baptism of fire against last year’s runners-up and Champions League winners, Liverpool. Elsewhere on the opening weekend, reigning Premier League champions Man City face a tricky first game away at West Ham, while Sunday serves up a huge ‘Big Six’ tie between Man Utd and Chelsea.
Sky and BT Sport have already announced their first tranche of 2019/20 Premier League fixtures, and perhaps unsurprisingly, the ‘Big Six’ feature prominently. Liverpool’s opening game away at Norwich kicks off the new season on Sky Sports at 20:00 on Friday.
Which Premier League Fixtures are on TV in August?
On Saturday 10th, Man City face West Ham at the London Stadium in the lunchtime game on BT Sport (12:30), while Aston Villa’s return to the Premier League away to Spurs is the teatime game on Sky (17:30).
Sunday 11th serves up a fascinating double-header as Newcastle host Arsenal (14:00) and Man Utd take on Chelsea (16:30, both on Sky).
Other 2019/20 Premier League fixtures will be announced in due course.
When do Manchester City play Liverpool?
After last season’s epic title fight, it’s perhaps no surprise these two fixtures are so hotly anticipated going into the 2019/20 season. Fans will have to wait until Saturday 9th November before these two sides meet in the Premier League – with Pep Guardiola’s champions making the trip to Merseyside. The reverse fixture looks likely to shape next season’s title race, taking place just before the title run-in kicks into gear on Saturday 4th April.
When do Manchester City play Manchester United?
The Manchester derby is always compelling viewing and expect this season to be no exception.
A Christmas cracker awaits at the Etihad on Saturday 7th December, while the return fixture at February takes place on Saturday 7th March.
Are there any other big 2019/20 Premier League fixtures early on in the season?
Early twists in the title race can be expected from the get-go in 2019/20. Man City host Spurs in their first game of the 2019/20 season at the Etihad, while Liverpool take on Arsenal on 24th August. The North London derby then adds some spice on 31st August.
Fierce rivals Man Utd take on Liverpool on 19th October, while last season’s Champions League finalists Liverpool and Spurs meet a week later at Anfield.
Which teams have the easiest Premier League run-in?
Reigning champions Manchester City have a very favourable looking run-in, with no games against other ‘Big Six’ sides after their clash with Liverpool in early April. Rivals Man Utd arguably have the most generous run-in from their final eight fixtures, as they play only one team from last season’s Top 10.
In terms of the likely relegation strugglers, it could be plain sailing towards safety for Burnley if they are in a comfortable position in mid-March, with only one ‘Big Six’ side to play from that point onwards.
Which teams have the hardest Premier League run-in?
While the fixture Gods have been relatively kind to newly-promoted Sheffield Utd, the same can’t be said for their fellow Championship graduates Aston Villa and Norwich City. Villa face Liverpool, Man Utd and Arsenal in three of their last six games, while the Canaries take on Chelsea and Man City away from home in the final few weeks of the season.
Bournemouth could also be vulnerable. The Cherries face Man Utd, Spurs, Leicester City, Man City and Everton in five of their final six fixtures – with a local derby against Southampton their other game in that list.
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