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

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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.


  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.

ClubStadium2019-20 position
ArsenalEmirates Stadium8th
Aston VillaVilla Park17th
BurnleyTurf Moor10th
ChelseaStamford Bridge4th
Crystal PalaceSelhurst Park14th
EvertonGoodison Park12th
FulhamCraven CottageChampionship play-offs winner
Leeds UnitedElland Road1st Championship
Leicester CityKing Power Stadium5th
Manchester CityEtihad Stadium2nd
Manchester UnitedOld Trafford3rd
Newcastle UnitedSt James' Park13th
Sheffield UnitedBramall Lane9th
SouthamptonSt Mary's Stadium11th
TottenhamTottenham Hotspur Stadium6th
West BromThe Hawthorns2nd Championship
West HamLondon Stadium16th
WolvesMolineux Stadium7th

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