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When will Premier League 2020-21 start and finish? Teams involved and all you need to know

13:00 SAST 2020/08/24
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With the 2019-20 campaign now over, Goal takes a look at when the new one begins and ends

It won't be long before the 2020-21 Premier League campaign kicks off.

Having resumed play on June 17 following the coronavirus-enforced lockdown period, Premier League clubs finished thr 2019-20 season by squeezing nine (and a bit) matchdays into the space of a month, with the last games of the season being played on July 26. The FA Cup final then bookended the term on August 1.

So when exactly will the new Premier League season begin? Will clubs have much of a pre-season? 

Goal takes a look at the dates and which teams will be involved as English football looks to rebuild in the aftermath of the pandemic.

Contents

  1. When will Premier League 2020-21 start?
  2. When will Premier League 2020-21 finish?
  3. Which teams will be involved in Premier League 2020-21?
  4. When will Premier League 2020-21 fixtures be released?
  5. Premier League fixtures club-by-club

When will Premier League 2020-21 start?

The 2020-21 Premier League start date is Saturday September 12. The date was confirmed on July 24.

The Daily Mirror reported that the Football Association favoured an August start date, a position that is understood to have been influenced by the fact that England's UEFA Nations League fixtures against Iceland and Denmark are scheduled for September 5 and 8 respectively.

However, Premier League clubs themselves were reportedly more keen on the September start date and it is understandable given that their players will have just played out a gruelling end to the 2019-20 season.

In normal circumstances, teams are granted a three-month break from competitive action, with the league season usually concluding in May and starting up again in August.

Pre-season, the period when players hone their match fitness, tends to kick off around a month before the first competitive games, but that will be impossible ahead of the 2020-21 season. This season, pre-season is likely to last just a matter of weeks before competitive games commence. 

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When will Premier League 2020-21 finish?

The finish date for the 2020-21 Premier League season May 23, 2021. That means the normal cycle will effectively resume.

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Which teams will be involved in Premier League 2020-21?

There will be 20 clubs in the 2020-21 Premier League, with three new clubs joining, while three have dropped down a division.

Norwich City, Bournemouth and Watford lost the fight to retain their place at the top table and were relegated to the Championship.

Club Stadium 2019-20 position
Arsenal Emirates Stadium 8th
Aston Villa Villa Park 17th
Brighton Amex 15th
Burnley Turf Moor 10th
Chelsea Stamford Bridge 4th
Crystal Palace Selhurst Park 14th
Everton Goodison Park 12th
Fulham Craven Cottage Championship play-offs winner
Leeds United Elland Road 1st Championship
Leicester City King Power Stadium 5th
Liverpool Anfield 1st
Manchester City Etihad Stadium 2nd
Manchester United Old Trafford 3rd
Newcastle United St James' Park 13th
Sheffield United Bramall Lane 9th
Southampton St Mary's Stadium 11th
Tottenham Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 6th
West Brom The Hawthorns 2nd Championship
West Ham London Stadium 16th
Wolves Molineux Stadium 7th

The three relegated clubs will be replaced by three teams from the Championship. Leeds United were the first promoted team, followed by West Brom. 

They will be joined by Fulham, who won the Championship play-offs final against Brentford at the beginning of August.

Click here to read all about the Championship play-offs.

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When will Premier League 2020-21 fixtures be released?

Premier League 2020-21 fixtures were released at 9am BST (4am ET) on Thursday August 20.

Among the most notable matches on the opening weekend is the meeting between reigning champions Liverpool and Marcelo Bielsa's newly promoted Leeds United.

Arsenal play Fulham in a London derby on the opening weekend, with Chelsea facing off against Brighton. 

Manchester United and Manchester City will kick off the season a week later, having been given extra time to recover following their European exploits.

You can see the match dates for the 2020-21 season below.

Matchweek Date
Matchweek 1 Saturday September 12
Matchweek 2 Saturday September 19
Matchweek 3 Saturday September 26
Matchweek 4 Saturday October 3
Matchweek 5 Saturday October 17
Matchweek 6 Saturday October 24
Matchweek 7 Saturday October 31
Matchweek 8 Saturday November 7
Matchweek 9 Saturday November 21
Matchweek 10 Saturday November 28
Matchweek 11 Saturday December 5
Matchweek 12 Saturday December 12
Matchweek 13 Wednesday December 16
Matchweek 14 Saturday December 19
Matchweek 15 Saturday December 26
Matchweek 16 Monday December 28
Matchweek 17 Saturday January 2
Matchweek 18a Wednesday January 13
Matchweek 19 Saturday January 16
Matchweek 18b Wednesday January 20
Matchweek 20 Saturday January 23
Matchweek 21 Saturday January 30
Matchweek 22 Wednesday February 3
Matchweek 23 Saturday February 6
Matchweek 24 Saturday February 13
Matchweek 25 Saturday February 20
Matchweek 26 Saturday February 27
Matchweek 27 Saturday March 6
Matchweek 28 Saturday March 13
Matchweek 29 Saturday March 20
Matchweek 30 Saturday April 3
Matchweek 31 Saturday April 10
Matchweek 32 Saturday April 17
Matchweek 33 Saturday April 24
Matchweek 34 Saturday May 1
Matchweek 35 Saturday May 8
Matchweek 36 Wednesday May 12
Matchweek 37 Saturday May 15
Matchweek 38 Sunday May 23

There is a relatively short space of time for teams to sort their preparations and for broadcasters to make arrangements for coverage of games.

In normal circumstances such a short timeframe would make things quite difficult for many supporters in terms of the logisitics of getting to games, but it is less of an issue due to the fact that games will be played behind closed doors.

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Premier League fixtures club-by-club

  1. Arsenal Premier League 2020-21 fixtures

  2. Aston Villa Premier League 2020-21 fixtures

  3. Brighton Premier League 2020-21 fixtures

  4. Burnley Premier League 2020-21 fixtures

  5. Chelsea Premier League 2020-21 fixtures

  6. Crystal Palace Premier League 2020-21 fixtures

  7. Everton Premier League fixtures

  8. Fulham Premier League 2020-21 fixtures

  9. Leeds United Premier League 2020-21 fixtures

  10. Leicester City Premier League 2020-21 fixtures

  11. Liverpool Premier League 2020-21 fixtures

  12. Manchester City Premier League 2020-21 fixtures

  13. Manchester United Premier League 2020-21 fixtures

  14. Newcastle United Premier League 2020-21 fixtures

  15. Sheffield United Premier League 2020-21 fixtures

  16. Southampton Premier League 2020-21 fixtures

  17. Tottenham Premier League 2020-21 fixtures

  18. West Brom Premier League 2020-21 fixtures

  19. West Ham Premier League 2020-21 fixtures

  20. Wolves Premier League 2020-21 fixtures

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