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The Premier League season will come around quickly for 2021/22 and today’s the day all clubs find out the route they’ll take through the year, with the release of the new term’s fixtures.
Huge improvements were seen from Aston Villa, Leeds United in their first campaign back in the top flight and, most notably, West Ham United – who will be in the Europa League along with the Foxes this year.
The Premier League also welcomes back Norwich City and Watford after just a one-year absence, while Brentford joined them in being promoted after triumphing in the play-off final, having stumbled at that final hurdle one year earlier. Fulham, West Brom and Sheffield United were relegated after each finishing at least 11 points from safety last term.
Fans traditionally look forward to seeing who their clubs will face during the busy Christmas period and on Boxing Day, who they play on the final day of the season, when rival clashes and derbies take place and, of course, who their opening opponent will be. All that and every game besides will be revealed at 9am today.
Follow the release of the 2021/22 season Premier League fixtures for every club below:
Spurs hope to keep Kane ahead of 2021/22
Moving down the table, we move our lens to north London.
Tottenham Hotspur will be hoping for vast improvements next season, despite still not yet announcing Jose Mourinho’s successor as head coach although Paulo Fonseca is reportedly close to agreeing a move.
Spurs slumped to a seventh-place finish this term and will have a hectic schedule in 2021/22 due to their participation in the first-ever UEFA Conference League.
There’s a large sense of insecurity currently surrounding the club, with star man and club captain Harry Kane actively looking for a way out this summer. If they lose him and start poorly, they could be heading for another disappointing season.
Supporters will be hoping for some favourable fixtures to kick start the campaign, and will surely be eyeing the derbies with Arsenal and Chelsea – particularly if they are early in Fonseca’s tenure.
Andrew Gamble16 June 2021 08:48
Champions of Europe targeting Premier League glory
Chelsea will be going into the new Premier League season as European champions, a tag many didn’t expect the Blues to earn for much of last season.
Thomas Tuchel guided Chelsea to wins over Man City in the FA Cup, league and, most importantly, Champions League final last term. It appears the Blues could have City’s number on the pitch and are likely to be their strongest challengers in 2021/22.
Tuchel’s first summer transfer window as manager is expected to be active, with Erling Haaland reportedly the top target while Romelu Lukaku is also linked. Timo Werner won’t be pleased…
Strong new additions will undoubtedly improve Chelsea’s chances of domestic success, and it will be interesting to see who they will kick the new season off against – and when will they face Pep and City?
Andrew Gamble16 June 2021 08:45
Liverpool look to recover after injury-plagued 2020/21 season
Liverpool are hoping to stay healthy enough to challenge for a record-levelling 20th English top flight title in 2021/22.
The Reds will be confident in their chances as key duo Virgil van Dijk and Jordan Henderson’s return to full fitness will be a significant boost, as will be the arrival of RB Leipzig centre-back Ibrahima Konate.
It was a nightmare title defence in 2020/21, as consistent injuries and a horrendous run of home results saw Liverpool finish 17 points behind eventual champions Man City.
Jurgen Klopp’s side did terrifically well to qualify for Champions League football, winning their final five league games on the bounce to ensure they didn’t end with a whimper.
If they can take that form into the new season, Liverpool will be in a great position to record the title challenge many expect from them this season.
Andrew Gamble16 June 2021 08:40
Can United close the gap at the top?
Manchester United will be desperate to close the gap on Man City and build on a record-breaking campaign last time out.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side remained unbeaten away from home throughout the whole 2021/22 league season. However, United’s four-year wait for silverware continues after suffering Europa League final penalty shoot-out heartbreak against Villarreal.
Back in the domestic season, the Red Devils will be determined as ever to forge a title challenge and look set to strengthen this summer. Club fans may want to circle the first game of the season on their calendar – might we see the debut of Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho?
Andrew Gamble16 June 2021 08:37
Pep in August
Speaking of the champions, Man City have become well-versed in starting the season strongly under Pep Guardiola.
In fact, the Premier League champions have won all three points on every opening weekend since his arrival in 2016.
Even before Guardiola took charge, City haven’t dropped points in their first league game of the campaign since a 0-0 draw with Tottenham in 2010.
That makes for ominous reading for whichever unlucky team is picked to kick their campaign off against City.
Andrew Gamble16 June 2021 08:33
Will Manchester City retain the Premier League title?
Manchester City stormed to the Premier League title last season, finishing 12 points ahead of rivals bitter local Manchester United.
Since that final day win over Everton, Pep Guardiola has lost talisman and club record scorer Sergio Aguero to Barcelona after his free contract expired, while young defender Eric Garcia joined the Argentine at the Camp Nou.
They are expected to strengthen before the 2021/22 campaign gets underway but will that be enough to keep their stronghold on the Premier League?
Key dates City fans will want to look out for are the Manchester derby – and perhaps a chance at revenge on Chelsea, who they lost to in the Champions League final. Keep an eye on the clash with Liverpool as well, which has become a burgeoning rivalry over the last few seasons.
Andrew Gamble16 June 2021 08:29
How will promoted teams fare in 2021/22?
New to the Premier League for 2021/22 are Norwich City and Watford – both of whom secured immediate returns to the highest level of English football by claiming the Championship’s two automatic promotion spots.
Joining them in the Premier League for the first time are Brentford, who beat Bournemouth and then Swansea City in the play-offs to feature in the top division for the first time since 1946/47.
The 2021-22 schedule will be revealed at 9am so stay tuned for all the key matchups for your team.
Andrew Gamble16 June 2021 08:25
An eye on Euro 2020
Of course, we’re still in the midst of the big summer tournament, Euro 2020. The most recent game saw the last two world champions go head-to-head and, as Miguel Delaney writes, France proved their worth as favourites to win this summer with an effective showing at both ends of the pitch.
Karl Matchett16 June 2021 08:23
When does the 2021/22 Premier League season start?
The 2021/22 Premier League will start almost a month to the day earlier than the 2020/21 season did, kicking off on Saturday 14 August – 34 days after the Euro 2020 final at Wembley.
The season will end on 22 May 2022, with all 10 games kicking off at the same time as is tradition.
The 2020/21 Premier League season did not start until 12 September 2020 due to delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and ran until 23 May 2021.
An earlier start date of 7 August had been reportedly discussed for the upcoming 2021/22 season in order to further adjust the calendar ahead of the 2022 World Cup, but clubs were against the idea due to the postponed Euro 2020 tournament.
Andrew Gamble16 June 2021 08:16
Fixture release time
9am (BST) is what we’re looking at for the release of all fixtures at once. No TV show-style one gameweek at a time lingering around to leave us wanting more here – it’ll be everything at once for a nice big sensory overload.
What’s more important, a good opening fixture or a kind season run-in? Does December really look as busy as it always feels? When are the local derbies, when do you face the champions? All these questions and more will be answered in little over an hour.
Of course, a few dates will be quickly changed once TV broadcasters get their hands on the list.
Anyone in favour of keeping the staggered kick-off times with one match on at a time all year long? No, us neither.
Karl Matchett16 June 2021 07:56