After what was an extremely hectic campaign last season, primarily because the Premier League started later than usual as a result of the pandemic, clubs will be glad to know that the top division is set to start as normal this time around.
There were several complaints from managers about the crowded schedule, especially after several players picked up injuries. However, there’s no longer a need to worry, as on August 14, players will return to – hopefully – fan-filled stadiums and start the 2021/22 season at a more leisurely pace.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, West Ham, Crystal Palace and new-boys Brentford will all be looking to impress and go one step better than they did last time out.
The Gunners missed out on Europe for the first time in 25 years last campaign, whereas Spurs could only muster qualifying for a Europa Conference League spot.
On the other hand, Chelsea will be looking to build on their Champions League final win by challenging Champions Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United for the domestic title.
They finished behind all three in the league last time around, but the European Champions have looked a different side since Thomas Tuchel’s arrival at the club and the German will be hoping they can make a fast start in August.
West Ham capped off a memorable campaign by securing a Europa League spot, Palace head into the relatively unknown without Roy Hodgson in charge and Brentford will embark on an historic top-flight campaign under Thomas Frank.
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And all the Premier League clubs will find out who, where and when they will be playing every week on Wednesday, June 16 at 9am.
The London clubs will be joined by fellow Premier League newcomers Norwich City and Watford, both will be involved after gaining promotion from the Championship. Meanwhile, they’ll be without rivals Fulham, as well as West Brom and Sheffield United next season, as last year’s bottom three have been relegated from proceedings.
All 380 fixtures for the season will be available on football.london‘s website along with all the reaction throughout the morning.