Manchester City begin defense of their Premier League title away to Tottenham after the fixtures for the 2021-22 season have been unveiled.
City are among those looking to sign Spurs striker Harry Kane, raising the tantalizing possibility that the England captain could take on the North London club on opening weekend.
Pep Guardiola’s side won the division 12 points ahead of Manchester United, opening against their old foes Leeds at Old Trafford. Elsewhere, on the weekend of 14 August, Brentford will return to the top tier for the first time in 75 years with a derby at home to Arsenal, and champions winners Norwich entertain Liverpool.
Champions League winners Chelsea host Crystal Palace and Everton, another side in search of a head coach, are home to Southampton, with Leicester facing Wolves at the King Power Stadium.
Watford, the third newly promoted side, take on Aston Villa at Vicarage Road, Brighton visit Burnley and West Ham make their way to Newcastle.
The Premier League will conclude on May 22 with Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea at home to Villa, Wolves and Watford respectively, while Manchester United play at Crystal Palace.
There are a number of early encounters between the ‘big six’, with a replay of the Champions League final on the weekend of 25 September when Manchester City travel to Chelsea. Arsenal will also host the Spurs on matchday six.
Their second meeting will take place on January 15. Matchday seven, the weekend of 2 October, will be the first meeting between the most recent Premier League winners, with Anfield setting the stage for the latest installment of Jurgen Klopp v Guardiola, and Liverpool visiting Manchester United on October 23.
Two weeks later, the first Manchester derby of the season takes place at Old Trafford and Manchester City host Chelsea in one of the opening games of 2022 (January 15).
City will meet Manchester United in the return on the weekend of March 5. Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s men travel to Anfield on March 19 and Liverpool’s trip to the Etihad Stadium on April 9, matchday 32, could be key in the title fight. All fixtures are subject to change for TV coverage.
Currently there are only four rounds of midweek matches, three of which are in December. Opening schedule Premier League Brentford against Arsenal; Burnley v Brighton; Chelsea v Crystal Palace;
Everton v Southampton; Leicester City v Wolves; Manchester United-Leeds; Newcastle v West Ham; Norwich City v Liverpool; Spurs against Manchester City; Watford v Aston Villa