Premier League 2020/21: When and Where to Watch Your Team, New Rules, New Kits…

Sport / September 10, 2020
by Johanna Roelich

The 2020/21 Premier League returns this weekend after just a seven week break following the conclusion of the 2019/20 season, which was put to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic.

All-Go From The Get-Go – Tricky Starts and Derby Dates

This Saturday, 12th September, sees the return of defending champions Liverpool set to have a standout clash with newly-promoted Leeds United at Anfield, which is definitely the one to catch!

Saying that, Liverpool face an intriguing start to their title defence. After that exciting opener with Leeds, their next fixtures are Chelsea away, Arsenal at home and Aston Villa away, before a Merseyside derby with Everton at Goodison Park on 17th October. Their first showdown with Manchester City comes on the weekend of 7th November.

It’s a tough start for FA Cup holders Arsenal, too, with some testing away days early in the season. After a trip to Fulham on the opening weekend, their next away games are against Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Leeds and then north London rivals Tottenham on 5th December.

Having both sat out the opening weekend, Manchester City and Manchester United will clash in Manchester derbies scheduled for the weekend of 12th December and 6th March. United’s first meeting with fierce rivals Liverpool comes on 16th January at Anfield, with the return fixture at Old Trafford their fifth-from-last on 1st May. There’s no holding back this season.

Chelsea will travel to Liverpool on the second weekend of the season and will play at Manchester United at the end of October following a second international break. Frank Lampard’s side have also been given a headline-grabbing fixture on Boxing Day with a trip to Arsenal, and will begin 2021 with a clash against Manchester City on 2nd January.

New Season, New rules – What to Expect

FIFA are introducing a number of new VAR measures for the 2020/21 season.

The referee review area – the screen at the side of the pitch which often drew criticism for its lack of use last season – will be used more for subjective decisions over goals, red cards and penalties.

Any part of player’s body that is on the ground when a penalty kick is taken will be classed as encroachment. So if any part of the foot is on the penalty area or arc line, it will be seen to be encroaching. The player must still have a material impact on the outcome of the kick.

Assistant referees will be told to keep their flags down in the case of marginal offside calls where a goalscoring opportunity is likely to follow immediately, until the passage of play is completed.

Once the goal scoring opportunity is complete – either a goal is scored or the chance is gone – they will then raise the flag to indicate the initial offence. If a goal is scored, the VAR will then review the offside judgement.

Penalties will no longer be automatically retaken if the goalkeeper infringes in the build-up to a spot-kick. A goalkeeper’s offence must “clearly affect” the penalty-taker for a spot-kick to be retaken if missed.

In addition, yellow cards will also no longer be carried into penalty shoot-outs. So if a goalkeeper had previously received a yellow card in the match and an infringement drew another yellow card, they would not be sent off.

The season will commence behind closed doors, but it could only be a few weeks into the restart when we see fans in stands once more. After the Brighton v Chelsea pre-season fixture was attended by several thousand fans in a successful trial game which could pave the way for a steady return to normality.

New Kits

Manchester United Away Kit
Chelsea Away Kit
Leeds United Home Kit
Arsenal Home Kit
Manchester City Away Kit
Tottenham Home Kit
Leicester Away Kit
Manchester United Home Kit
Newcastle United Home Kit
Everton FC Home Kit
Sheffield United Home Kit

Premier League 2020/21 September/October Fixtures

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Saturday 12th September

Fulham v Arsenal (12:30pm) BT Sport 1

Crystal Palace v Southampton (3pm) BT Sport

Liverpool v Leeds (5:30pm) Sky Sports Premier League / Main Event / NOW TV

West Ham v Newcastle (8pm) Sky Sports Premier League / Main Event / NOW TV

Postponed –

Burnley v Manchester Utd

Manchester City v Aston Villa

Sunday 13th September

West Brom v Leicester (2pm) Sky Sports Premier League / Main Event / NOW TV

Tottenham v Everton (4:30pm) Sky Sports Premier League / Main Event / NOW TV

Monday 14th September

Sheffield United v Wolves (6pm) Sky Sports Premier League / Main Event / NOW TV

Brighton v Chelsea (8:15pm) Sky Sports Premier League / Main Event / NOW TV

Saturday 19th September

Everton v West Brom (12:30pm) BT Sport 1

Leeds v Fulham (3pm) BT Sport

Man Utd v Crystal Palace (5:30pm) Sky Sports Premier League / Main Event / NOW TV

Arsenal v West Ham (8pm) Sky Sports Premier League / Main Event / NOW TV

Sunday 20th September

Southampton v Tottenham (12pm) BT Sport 1

Newcastle v Brighton (2pm) Sky Sports Premier League / Main Event / NOW TV

Chelsea v Liverpool (4:30pm) Sky Sports Premier League / Main Event / NOW TV

Leicester v Burnley (7pm) BBC – FREE TO AIR

Monday 21st September

Aston Villa v Sheffield United (6pm) Sky Sports Premier League / Main Event / NOW TV

Wolves v Man City (8pm) Sky Sports Premier League / Main Event / NOW TV

Saturday 26th September

Brighton v Man Utd (12:30pm) BT Sport 1

Burnley v Southampton (3pm) TBC

Crystal Palace v Everton (3pm) TBC

Tottenham v Newcastle (3pm) TBC

West Ham v Wolves (3pm) TBC

West Brom v Chelsea (5:30pm) Sky Sports Premier League / Main Event / NOW TV

Sunday 27th September

Sheffield United v Leeds (12pm) BT Sport 1

Fulham v Aston Villa (2pm) Sky Sports Premier League / Main Event / NOW TV

Man City v Leicester (4:30pm) Sky Sports Premier League / Main Event / NOW TV

Monday 28th September

Liverpool v Arsenal (8pm) Sky Sports Premier League / Main Event / NOW TV

Saturday 3rd October

Arsenal v Sheffield United (3pm)

Aston Villa v Liverpool (3pm)

Chelsea v Crystal Palace (3pm)

Everton v Brighton (3pm)

Leeds v Man City (3pm)

Leicester v West Ham (3pm)

Man Utd v Tottenham (3pm)

Newcastle v Burnley (3pm)

Southampton v West Brom (3pm)

Wolves v Fulham (3pm)

Saturday 17th October

Chelsea v Southampton (3pm)

Crystal Palace v Brighton (3pm)

Everton v Liverpool (3pm)

Leeds v Wolves (3pm)

Leicester v Aston Villa (3pm)

Man City v Arsenal (3pm)

Newcastle v Man Utd (3pm)

Sheffield United v Fulham (3pm)

Tottenham v West Ham (3pm)

West Brom v Burnley (3pm)

Saturday 24th October

Arsenal v Leicester (3pm)

Aston Villa v Leeds (3pm)

Brighton v West Brom (3pm)

Burnley v Tottenham (3pm)

Fulham v Crystal Palace (3pm)

Liverpool v Sheffield United (3pm)

Man Utd v Chelsea (3pm)

Southampton v Everton (3pm)

West Ham v Man City (3pm)

Wolves v Newcastle (3pm)

Saturday 31st October

Aston Villa v Southampton (3pm)

Burnley v Chelsea (3pm)

Fulham v West Brom (3pm)

Leeds v Leicester (3pm)

Liverpool v West Ham (3pm)

Man Utd v Arsenal (3pm)

Newcastle v Everton (3pm)

Sheffield United v Man City (3pm)

Tottenham v Brighton (3pm)

Wolves v Crystal Palace (3pm)

Any other dates to mark in the diary?

The first four rounds of the Carabao Cup will be played in September, with Premier League clubs joining at round two on 15th /16th September and those who are in European competition entering at round three a week later.

Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United will start their Champions League 2020/21 group stage campaigns on 20th/21st October 2020 with the final taking place in Istanbul on 29th May 2021.

Leicester and Arsenal will begin their Europa League adventures on 20th October 20 2020; Tottenham, Rangers, Aberdeen and Motherwell (all second qualifying round) and Celtic (third qualifying round) are hoping to join them.

The 2020/21 UEFA Nations League group stage will take place on revised dates in September, October and November.

The national team football windows of October and November 2020 will now feature triple-headers instead of double-headers, allowing the postponed European Qualifiers play-offs to be rescheduled at the beginning of the respective windows, on 8th October and 12th November.

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