Premier League

Premier League announces new slate of fixtures: Liverpool opens title defense with Leeds

The top two sides from last season’s Premier League and Championship will meet in the first weekend of the new season when it kicks off in just three weeks’ time.

English top flight champions Liverpool will begin its title defense against Leeds United on September 12, which had captured the second division crown and earned promotion to the Premier League for the first time in 16 years.

In addition, a London derby is slated for that same day as Premier League returners Fulham host Arsenal at Craven Cottage.

The Gunners and Reds will contest the Community Shield next Saturday, August 29 at Wembley as the unofficial kick-off to the campaign, with Arsenal having captured its record 14th FA Cup on August 1.

Liverpool won the league in June.

The new season will come after an international break, as teams release players for UEFA Nations League matches starting September 3 through September 8, leaving some players on a short turnaround ahead of their domestic opener.

Two matches on opening weekend have already been postponed, with Manchester United’s trip to Burnley and Manchester City’s home date against Aston Villa set back to dates yet to be determined to give United and City a breather following their exits from European competition this month.

The Reds, which captured its 19th league title and first in 30 years in glorious fashion, will travel to Chelsea in the second weekend, September 19, before hosting Arsenal in the league a week later. A Merseyside Derby against Everton at Goodison Park is slated for Saturday, October 17, and Liverpool will be at Manchester City on Saturday, November 7.

Liverpool will play Tottenham at Anfield for a midweek clash on Wednesday, December 16, with West Bromwich Albion its Boxing Day fixture.

The Reds will have its first date with Manchester United on Sunday, January 16, following that up 11 days later with the reverse fixture against Spurs. February sees Liverpool hosting City on Saturday, February 6, with the reverse Merseyside fixture slated for two weeks later. March 20 sees Liverpool hosting Chelsea.

Decision Day in the league is currently scheduled for Sunday, May 23.

Arsenal will make two trips to Manchester in October, as it will head to the Etihad on Saturday, October 17 and to Old Trafford on Halloween for a spooky affair. The Gunners will head to Leeds on Saturday, November 21, with the following weekend a match against fellow Europa League side Wolves slated.

Arsenal’s festive campaign will see December matches in the North London Derby against the Tottenham on Saturday, December 5 at Spurs before going to Everton on the 19th. Boxing Day will be at the Emirates against Chelsea, and following that up two days later against Brighton Hove & Albion, who Arsenal did not beat in the previous campaign.

Arsenal hosts Manchester United on Saturday, January 30, hosts Leeds and Manchester City on consecutive weekends in February, before the reverse NLD on Saturday, March 13.

Chelsea’s big fixture list is spread out: the Blues host Brighton opening weekend, goes to Manchester United on Saturday, October 24, and host Spurs on November 28. The Blues take on Manchester City on Saturday, January 2, go to Spurs on Wednesday, February 3, host Manchester United on Saturday, February 27, before the reverse fixture to Liverpool.

Chelsea’s first back-to-back tests comes in May, when it goes to Manchester City on Saturday, May 8, before a quick turnaround and host Arsenal four days later.

Manchester City will open the league on Saturday, September 19 away to Wolves, with a trip to Liverpool and a home date against Spurs two weeks apart in November. December 12 will see the Manchester Derby at United.

City will have a tough February: at Liverpool February 6, home to Spurs on the 13th, and away to Arsenal on the 20th. The reverse fixture in the Manchester Derby is set for Saturday, March 6.

United will open at Old Trafford to Crystal Palace, with three meetings against London sides in October, all in Manchester: Spurs on October 3, Chelsea on the 24th, and Arsenal the 31st.

Spurs will open against Everton in North London.

For every team’s fixture list, click here.