The 2019/2020 Premier League fixture list has been revealed and each of the 20 competing sides now knows when they’ll be facing each opponent.
Whilst, ultimately, everybody plays everybody else twice, the timing of games can certainly play a factor in the season, especially for those battling for the title.
As it stands, Liverpool and Manchester City look best placed to be in the title race again, but things might not exactly pan out that way.
However, working on the basis that it’ll be Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola’s sides battling at the top of the table, we’ve taken a look at both club’s fixtures on a month-by-month basis to see who hold the advantage during each period.
It is worth noting that these are all subject to change.
Liverpool’s first four league games see them face Norwich (H), Southampton (A), Arsenal (H) and Burnley (A), whilst City have West Ham (A), Tottenham (H), Bournemouth (A), Brighton (H). In truth, that looks pretty even, and the Reds will play in the Super Cup between the first two games, but the fact that City start away before facing Spurs at home means this is just about advantage Liverpool.
Both sides play just three league games in September. Liverpool face Newcastle (H), Chelsea (A) and Sheffield United (A). City will play Norwich (A), Watford (H) and Everton (A). That’s advantage Man City for sure.
Again, only three league games in October and Liverpool have a tough little run of Leicester (H), Man United (A), Tottenham (H). City’s October looks a bit more straight forward as they play Wolves (H), Crystal Palace (A) and Aston Villa (H). That’s a pretty big advantage for Man City.
The first meeting between City and Liverpool takes place at Anfield on November 9th. Before that game, the Reds face Aston Villa (A), while City will have Southampton (H). After the clash at Anfield, Liverpool play Palace (A) and Brighton (H) while the champions have Chelsea (H), Man United (A). This is definitely advantage Liverpool and Reds fans will be hoping that City slip up a couple of times in November.
It must be noted that Liverpool’s December will look a bit different when the Club World Cup dates are announced but for now, we’ll take the fixtures on how they stand. In December, the Reds face Everton (H), Bournemouth (A), Watford (H), West Ham (A), Leicester City (A) and Wolves (H). City, meanwhile, face Burnley (A), Man United (H), Arsenal (A), Leicester (H), Wolves (A) and Sheffield United (H). Liverpool will be delighted to have no games against the ‘top six’ over the Christmas period, while City will play two of them, as well as a couple of difficult away games. December looks to be advantage Liverpool.
Liverpool will start 2020 with a game at home to Sheffield United, followed by Tottenham (A), Man United (H) and Wolves (A). Man City will face Everton (H), followed by Aston Villa (A), Crystal Palace (H) and Sheffield United (A). Pretty clear that January is advantage Man City.
February, as it stands, will see Liverpool face Southampton (H), Norwich (A), West Ham (H) and Watford (A). City, meanwhile, will face Tottenham (A), West Ham (H), Leicester (A) and Arsenal (H). Liverpool’s fixtures look the better there so advantage Liverpool in February.
Just three league games apiece in March, For the Reds, it’s Bournemouth (H), Everton (A) and Crystal Palace (H). City will travel to Old Trafford to face United in the derby, before playing Burnley (H) and Chelsea (A). Advantage Liverpool.
The first league game of April could be huge as Liverpool travel to Manchester City. Afterwards, the Reds face Aston Villa (H), Brighton (A) and Burnley (H). City have Southampton (A), Newcastle (H) and Brighton (A). Pretty even in truth, but the fact that the game between the two sides is at the Etihad makes it a slightly advantage Man City.
If the title race is as close as many expect it to be, May will be amazing. For Liverpool, they’ll face Arsenal (A), Chelsea (H) and Newcastle (A). City have Bournemouth (H), Watford (A) and Norwich (H). That’s a massive advantage for Man City!
The run in certainly favours Man City as they end with six fixtures that they’ll certainly fancy getting 18 points from. However, Liverpool have advantages around November/December and February/March which could be absolutely crucial.