Why Man Utd, City, Will Not Play Their Opening EPL Fixtures

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The English Premier League (EPL) has officially released the fixtures for its 2020-2021 season, which will start on September 12, 2020, and end on May 23, 2021.

Defending champions Liverpool will begin their campaign against newbies Leeds United, while Chelsea travel to Brighton Hove Albion and Arsenal kick off with a London derby against newly-promoted Fulham Fc.

Releasing the fixtures, it was however confirmed that the two Manchester clubs will not take part in the opening week, with their games postponed to a later date. According to a statement released by the Premier League, this is because the two teams needed a 30- day break as agreed for all clubs after taking part in European competition.

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Manchester United took part in the Europa League competition where they were eliminated by Sevilla in the semi-finals, while Manchester City were eliminated by Lyon in the Champions League quatre-finals.

“The truncated 2020/21 season has created a number of scheduling complications, and the Premier League has accommodated the agreed minimum 30-day break for all clubs involved in the latter stages of the 2019/20 UEFA club competitions. Therefore, Manchester City’s opening fixture at home against Aston Villa and Manchester United’s first match at Burnley, have been postponed,” read the statement.

A new date for both fixtures has yet to be confirmed, and that means that United will begin their campaign against Crystal Palace, with City facing Wolves respectively.

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Below are the first game-week fixtures.

Saturday 12 September

Crystal Palace v Southampton
Fulham v Arsenal
Liverpool v Leeds Utd
Spurs v Everton
West Brom v Leicester City
West Ham v Newcastle Utd

Monday 14 September

20:00 Brighton v Chelsea
20:00 Sheffield Utd v Wolves

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