Liverpool hosts Leeds on EPL opening weekend

LONDON • Leeds’ first Premier League game for 16 years will see Marcelo Bielsa’s men travel to defending champions Liverpool, while Manchester City and Manchester United will miss the opening weekend to give them extra time to recover from a late end to the 2019/2020 season.

All sides were guaranteed by the football authorities to have at least 30 days off between the two seasons after the late finish to the campaign caused by a three-month stoppage due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Chelsea and Wolves will start their seasons on Sept 14 after they too were involved in European competition in August.

Leeds is back in the top-flight for the first time since 2003/2004, but could not have asked for a tougher start, on Sept 12 against the champions who has not lost a league game at Anfield in more than three years.

Tottenham hosts Everton, Arsenal travels to Fulham and Chelsea is away to Brighton on the weekend.

City and Liverpool are scheduled to meet on the weekends of Nov 7 at the Etihad and Feb 6 at Anfield.

The Reds will not face United until 2021 with the Red Devils visi- ting Anfield on Jan 16 and Liver- pool heading to Old Trafford on May1.—AFP