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The long-awaited tournament gets underway on Friday, June 11 and will occupy the minds of football fans right through to its crescendo on July 11, of course at Wembley Stadium.

However, the excitement is already building ahead of the upcoming Premier League campaign, with the 2021/22 fixture list to be announced shortly.

With the coroanvirus pandemic causing so much disruption to the 2019/20 campaign, last season was crammed into a hectic schedule, with the campaign starting later than usual in September.

However, fans and footballers alike can breathe a sigh of relief, with the 2021/22 campaign starting in its familiar August date.

And of course, the return of the fans from the off – at least in part – is another cause for excitement.

Manchester City strolled to the Premier League title last season, winning by 12 points, but with Liverpool and Chelsea finishing strong, it’s shaping up to be another enthralling campaign.

With the fixture list announcement quickly approaching, we takes you through everything you need to know.

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When are the fixtures announced?

The fixtures for the 2021/22 Premier League campaign will be officially announced at 9am BST on Wednesday, June 16.

 

It will come the day after Scottish Premier League fixtures are announced, and just over a week before the English Football League fixtures are detailed on Thursday, June 24.

 

When does the season start?

As stated, the Premier League is back to its more familiar schedule, with the 2021/22 campaign getting underway on August 14.

 

Importantly, each and every club will begin their campaign on the same weekend, as opposed to last season, where Manchester United and Manchester City started late due their involvements in European competition.

 

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It means that there are just 34 days between the Euro 2020 final and the start of the Premier League season.

 

The campaign will then run through to the season-finale on Sunday, May 22.

 

Will Europe disrupt the start of the season?

For the teams at the head of the table, European competition can be a hefty burden at the start of the campaign.

 

And that’s certainly the case for a currently manager-less Tottenham, who will have the inaugural Europa Conference League to negotiate.

 

Tottenham will go straight into the play-off round, which will be completed on August 19 and 26, just five days after the 2021/22 Premier League season beings.

 

They are the only English team needing to qualify for Europe, however, with City, United, Chelsea and Liverpool all sealing spots in the Champions League group stages, which begin on September 14.

 

Meanwhile, Leicester and West Ham qualified for the Europa League group stages, starting on September 16.

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What are the key matches to look out for?

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Chelsea vs Manchester City is a key fixture to look out for after the Champions League final

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Promoted sides Norwich, Watford and Brentford will also have a keen eye on the fixture list

Each year, the fixture list announcement not only allows clubs to look ahead and start their preparations, but also tells us exactly when the big games will fall.

 

With Chelsea beating City in the Champions League final, as well as finishing the season strong, a clash between the two is certainly one to look out for.

 

As are the mouth-watering derbies between City and United, United and Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal – and many, many more.

 

Additionally, the three promoted teams in Norwich, Watford and Brentford will also have a keen eye on the fixture list announcement, as they look to get off to a good start in the Premier League.

 

Newcomers Leeds excelled in their first season back in England’s top-flight, and the three promoted sides will be looking to emulate Marcelo Bielsa’s success.

 

What can we expect from the new season?

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The 2021/22 campaign should see fans in Premier League stadiums right from the off

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Well, as mentioned, we can be hopeful that there will be fans at Premier League stadia right throughout the campaign.

 

Last season was played almost entirely behind closed doors, but there was a beacon of hope of better things to come, with the final two matchdays being played in front of a maximum of 10,000 home fans, with away supporters still prohibited.

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Furthermore, England’s three Euro 2020 group stage matches will be played in front of 22,500 fans – 25 per cent capacity of Wembley Stadium – with those attending requiring to prove either a negative lateral flow test or by using a covid vaccine passport.

 

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters confirmed in May that he expects stadiums to be full next season, but that will depend on whether restrictions do ease on June 21 or not.

 

As for the season itself, City will be hoping to clinch yet another title, but they will face serious competition from the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and United – who will look to close the distance on their rivals.

 

After highly disappointing seasons for north London duo Arsenal and Tottenham, they will be looking to bounce back and mount a challenge for Europe.

 

And West Ham will have Europa League football to contend with, as they look to build on a highly prosperous campaign.

 

What about the transfer window?

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Tottenham striker Harry Kane won the Premier League Golden Boot and Playmaker awards

The Premier League summer transfer window officially opened on Wednesday, June 9 and will stay open for 12 weeks.

 

England manager Gareth Southgate has insisted it’s unlikely any of his players will complete a transfer while Euro 2020 is running, but with Harry Kane, Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish and Raheem Sterling in the squad, who knows what could happen.

 

Regardless, the window will close at 11pm BST on August 31, which of course, means Premier League teams will still be able to sign players once the 2021/22 campaign has kicked off.

 

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