Premier League matches: Manchester City take on Spurs, Brentford receive Arsenal, Liverpool in Norwich
Champions Manchester City await a trip to Tottenham in the opening weekend of the 2021-22 Premier League season.
The first games will take place on August 14 and the newly promoted Brentford will host Arsenal in their first game at the highest level since the 1946-47 season.
Norwich and Watford, who also promoted last season, will face Liverpool and Aston Villa respectively. Manchester United receive Leeds, while Champions League winner Chelsea receive Crystal Palace.
Premier League clubs were able to receive fans with reduced capacity as Covid-19 restrictions eased late in the 2020-21 campaign.
It is not yet known how many fans will be able to attend the opening games of the new season, but the Premier League said it has been “committed to the ambition of having full stadiums, including away supporters” from the start of the season.
The Wimbledon men’s and women’s finals will be the UK’s first outdoor sporting events to host a full house in July, while Wembley can also host matches with a capacity of 50% – around 45,000 – for the Euro 2020 knockout stage.
First round of fixtures in full
Brentford v Arsenal
Burnley v Brighton
Chelsea v Crystal Palace
Everton v Southampton
Leicester City v Wolverhampton
Manchester United v Leeds United
Newcastle United v West Ham United
Norwich City v Liverpool
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City
Watford v Aston Villa
Man City and Norwich face tough start
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are favorites to retain their Premier League title but face a test run of games, with Spurs, Norwich, Arsenal, Leicester, Southampton, Chelsea and Liverpool as the top seven opponents.
Norwich, who returned to the Premier League for the first time after relegation in 2019-20, starts with Liverpool, Manchester City, Leicester and Arsenal.
The first North London derby between Spurs and Arsenal is set for September 25, while Everton’s first Merseyside derby of the season will host Liverpool at Goodison Park in a midweek game on November 30.
In the first Manchester derby, United will face City at Old Trafford on November 11, while notable Boxing Day matches include Liverpool v Leeds and Manchester City against Leicester.
The penultimate round of matches of the Premier League will take place on Sunday 15 May to host the FA Cup final the day before, with the last match day of the season set to be May 22.