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The Premier League 2021/22 Fixtures Have Been Announced

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The Premier League 2021/22 Fixtures Have Been Announced

Premier League clubs found out who they will face on the opening weekend of the 2021/22 season, which begins on August 14th, with the announcement of next season's fixtures.

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Last season kicked off in the middle of September, thanks to Covid 19 delaying the 2019/20 campaign, but this year things are back to normal on the second weekend in August.

Manchester City ended up running away with the Premier League title, securing their fifth title in nine years with three games to spare, and Pep Guardiola's team open their season against Tottenham Hotspur.

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Runners up Manchester United will be hoping to get closer to their rivals after going eight years without winning the title already, and they face long time rivals Leeds United on the opening weekend.

After struggling to defend the title last season, Jurgen Klopp will be hoping to get off to a good start when Liverpool visit newly promoted Norwich City in mid August.

Chelsea are also expected to challenge for the title in the upcoming year, after Thomas Tuchel turned their fortunes around following his appointment in January, and look to have City's number, having beaten them three times in recent month, including the Champions League final.

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The Blues will come up against Crystal Palace on the opening day of the season.

Whilst Norwich have the toughest task of the three sides who have come up from the Championship, runners up Watford host Aston Villa and Brentford kick off their first season in the top tier since 1947 with a London derby against Arsenal.

In the other opening weekend fixtures, Leicester City take on Wolves, Newcastle United host West Ham, Brighton travel to Burnley and managerless Everton face Southampton at Goodison Park.

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The exact dates of the games are yet to be decided as Sky Sports and BT Sport don't know which games they will be showing.

Of course the reintroduction of fans in the Premier League, which started with the penultimate game of the last campaign, will mean a return of more 3pm Saturday kick offs and they won't be shown live on tv.

Fans returned to the grounds for the final two fixtures of the season. Image: PA Images
Fans returned to the grounds for the final two fixtures of the season. Image: PA Images

As well as the opening day, fans are always keen to see who their team will face in traditional Boxing Day game.

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The day after Christmas Day sees Aston Villa host Chelsea, Brighton take on Brentford, Everton take a shortish trip to Burnley, Liverpool facing Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds, champions City will meet Leicester at the Etihad, the two Uniteds of Newcastle and Manchester also meet, Norwich host Arsenal, Palace travel north to take on Spurs, West Ham welcome Southampton and Wolves face Watford.

The season ends on May 22nd.

Topics: Manchester City, Liverpool, Leicester City, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Premier League, Arsenal

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