EPL 2021-22 schedule announced, check out who plays who on the opening day
The 2021-22 English Premier League is all set to start on August 14. Manchester City is the seven-time defending champion. Meanwhile, 20 teams are set to battle it out once again, as the schedule for the same has been announced. Check out the entire fixtures list here.
Barely a month after the English Premier League came to an end; the 2021-22 season fixtures have been released. It is all set to start on August 14, with Manchester City being the seven-time defending champion.
As for the opening day, City would start its title defence against Tottenham Hotspur in an away encounter. Three matches are scheduled to be played in the opening month.
Meanwhile, last season runner-up Manchester United would begin its proceedings against Leeds United at Old Trafford. It would be followed by a couple of away encounters for the side, as it takes on Southampton and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Both the fixtures would be crucial for the Red Devils, as it is on a 26-game unbeaten run away from home. While staying unbeaten against Southampton would help it level Arsenal's all-time record of 27, doing the same against Wolves would help it topple the Gunners.
Matchday 1 fixtures (August 14, Saturday):
Brentford vs Arsenal
Burnley vs Brighton
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace
Everton vs Southampton
Leicester vs Wolves
Man Utd vs Leeds
Newcastle vs West Ham
Norwich vs Liverpool
Spurs vs Man City
Watford vs Aston Villa
(Kick-off times to be announced later as per the television schedule of the broadcasters. Check out the complete schedule here.)
In the meantime, the EPL also announced that it plans to bring back fans to the venues in limited or total capacity, starting the 2021-22 season. Last season saw a final couple of weeks with a limited number of fans being allowed inside the venues.
Also, Nike has launched the official match ball for the upcoming season. Named Flight Ball, it would be Nike's 22nd official match ball for the tournament, while it has a unique graphic design, along with enhanced visual performance, thanks to the AerowSculpt technology.
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