🔑 Seven key things from the Premier League fixture list

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Joel Sanderson-Murray

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The Premier League fixtures for 2021/22 have landed and the countdown to the new season can finally begin!

We’re hoping for an eventful title race this season, plus a fierce battle for the European and places and – who knows – maybe an exciting relegation battle too.

Too much to ask? Here are seven key things we’ve noticed.


Opening day fun

What have we done to be treated to the Lancashire-Yorkshire grudge match between Manchester United and Leeds United from the off? A game more than most that was sad to witness without fans this season.

There also always seems to be one ‘big six’ meeting on the opening weekend and this year is no different. Tottenham’s new manager will have a tough induction as they host the champions.

Brentford’s seven-decade hiatus from the top flight ends with a tasty opener at home to Arsenal which has banana skin for Mikel Arteta’s side written all over it.


Season-defining period for Solskjaer

Manchester United will be setting out to challenge their city neighbours at the top this season but October and November could prove to be crucial for their aspirations.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side face Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City consecutively before coming up against Chelsea and Arsenal before November closes.

If they head into December top of the league then the world is their oyster.


The new boys

Premier League debutants Brentford will be licking their lips at the visit of Arsenal and it’s not long before more of the big boys will be making the trip to the Community Stadium, with Liverpool, Chelsea and Leicester all to come in their first six home games.

Watford return to the top-flight hoping that they can ensure their survival before the last few games of the season as the Hornets might be in a bit of trouble needing results from the last five games which include meetings with Man City, Leicester and Chelsea.

Spare a thought for Norwich who could be in for a long season before it’s even begun.

Daniel Farke’s side begin with consecutive fixtures against Liverpool, Man City, Leicester and Arsenal.


Festive cheer

Football at Christmas is one of the most cherished traditions in England and we are in for some crackers while sat around the tree.

Boxing Day delivers us Liverpool v Leeds and Man City v Leicester while the Foxes host the Reds two days later.

The sore heads on New Year’s Day will be eased by a dose of Arsenal hosting Man City while Jürgen Klopp’s side also travel to London to face Chelsea.


Tricky title run-ins

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Liverpool supporters will be hoping their team are in the conversation for the league title but they have a tricky run-in with Everton and Spurs to make the trips to Anfield in the last five games.

While European Champions Chelsea will have to manoeuvre their way through games against West Ham, Everton and Manchester United.

A fourth title in five years for Guardiola anyone?


Relegation dogfight

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Is it too early to talk about relegation six-pointers?

Burnley v Newcastle on the final day feels like it’s going to be huge and we have Crystal Palace v Watford, Brentford v Southampton, Watford v Burnley and Norwich v Newcastle in the weeks leading up to it.

Nail-biting.


The big six face-offs

There will be a huge game between two of the big six taking place almost every weekend through October and November.

  • October 2: Liverpool v Man City
  • October 23: Man Utd v Liverpool
  • October 30: Tottenham v Man Utd
  • November 6: Man Utd v Man City
  • November 20: Liverpool v Arsenal
  • November 27: Chelsea v Man Utd
  • November 30: Man Utd v Arsenal

Oh, the autumn is a beautiful time of year.

We’re also treated to a double-decker in the first two weeks of the new year to take away those January blues.

  • January 1: Arsenal v Man City; Chelsea v Liverpool
  • January 15: Man City v Chelsea; Tottenham v Arsenal