2019-20 Premier League Fixture Analysis

It’s that time again where every Premier League club discover how their new seasons are set to play out over the coming months.

Here we analyse how each team are set to fare in their opening and closing six games plus over the festive period as Norwich, Sheffield United and Aston Villa discover their fates.

Defending champions, Manchester City meanwhile will be keen to discover how their season could play out in comparison to the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham.

*Closing fixtures list is subject to change depending on domestic Cup clashes forcing rescheduling of league games.

 

Arsenal

Opening Fixtures Closing Fixtures
Newcastle (A) Wolves (A)
Burnley (H) Leicester (H)
Liverpool (A) Tottenham (A)
Tottenham (H) Liverpool (H)
Watford (A) Aston Villa (A)
Aston Villa (H) Watford (H)

After a solid if unspectacular debut season in the Premier League, Unai Emery will definitely be pleased with how Arsenal’s season will play out. 

These sets of opening and closing fixtures therefore will be pleasing because seven points minimum is achievable whilst their festive season looks tough with an away trip to Bournemouth before hosting Chelsea and Manchester United in quick succession. 

Overall if there is one tough month for the Gunners, it has to be December with three tough away trips including a tricky Xmas period so a minimum of five points probably has to be the realistic aim from that period. 

 

Aston Villa

Opening Fixtures Closing Fixtures
Tottenham (A) Liverpool (A)
Bournemouth (H) Manchester United (H)
Everton (H) Crystal Palace (H)
Crystal Palace (A) Everton (A)
West Ham (H) Arsenal (H)
Arsenal (A) West Ham (A)

If I was an Villa fan, I would view their opening six fixtures as key to securing survival because their run-in looks tricky with very little opportunity with points. 

In all honesty, Villa need to target maximum points from games against similar clubs like Norwich, Brighton and etc. otherwise come the run-in, they will surely be all but down with Crystal Palace at home their only real hope of points. 

 

Bournemouth 

Opening Fixtures Closing Fixtures
Sheffield United (H) Manchester United (A)
Aston Villa (A) Tottenham (H)
Manchester City (H) Leicester (H)
Leicester (A) Manchester City (A)
Everton (H) Southampton (H)
Southampton (A) Everton (A)

Consistency was Bournemouth’s biggest issue last season and their opening set of fixtures is a great opportunity to see whether they have made progress in improving their performance.

Xmas however looks very interesting because a win over Arsenal on Boxing Day could provide momentum heading into away trips to Brighton and West Ham, then possibly through January and February. 

As for their run in, I have to say that this looks difficult although their home games could spring a couple of surprises, especially against Tottenham who they beat last season at home. 

In summary, consistency throughout the season will be key here but should hopefully be safe by May. 

 

Brighton & Hove Albion

Opening Fixtures Closing Fixtures
Watford (A) Norwich (A)
West Ham (H) Liverpool (H)
Southampton (H) Manchester City (H)
Manchester City (A) Southampton (A)
Burnley (H) Newcastle (H)
Newcastle (A) Burnley (A)

Graham Potter will surely be delighted with Brighton’s schedule because they have a very winnable set of opening and closing games.

Manchester City and Liverpool aside, the aim surely must be eight points from across both sets of fixtures, whilst February looks their best bet of producing a decent points haul against teams likely to be around them.

Form however is going to be key given their shock collapse throughout second half of last season with just three league wins.

 

Burnley 

Opening Fixtures Closing Fixtures
Southampton (H) Sheffield United (H)
Arsenal (A) West Ham (A)
Wolves (A) Liverpool (A)
Liverpool (H) Wolves (H)
Brighton (A) Norwich (A)
Norwich (H) Brighton (H)

Whilst these opening fixtures seem tough, Burnley’s key quality is their togetherness so I don’t see them fearing their fixture list this season, especially given that their run-in looks fairly nice.

Looking at each month individually though, Burnley should really target at least four points every month except in October and March where they face tough tests against likes of Chelsea, Tottenham and Man City.

On paper, this should be a stronger season for Sean Dyche’s Clarets with plenty of winnable games but details always lie in the performances.

 

Chelsea

Opening Fixtures Closing Fixtures
Manchester United (A) Watford (H)
Leicester (H) Crystal Palace (A)
Norwich (A) Sheffield United (A)
Sheffield United (H) Norwich (H)
Wolves (A) Liverpool (A)
Liverpool (H) Wolves (H)

With their managerial situation unclear at present, Chelsea definitely have been dealt a rough hand early on with only two winnable games on top of Eden Hazard’s exit and a transfer ban.

If Sarri is still there come August, perhaps they might be able to scrape six points together from their opening six games otherwise they might need to prioritise the Champions League under a new manager if want to remain in that competition next season.

I ultimately can see a scrappy dogfight of a season for Chelsea though because other than October and April, they have plenty of tough games and if are clinging onto an European spot come the penultimate weekend, their trip to Anfield is going to be defining for where they finish the season.

Either way, best of luck because this is going to be one tricky season on and off the pitch at Stamford Bridge.

 

Crystal Palace

Opening Fixtures Closing Fixtures
Everton (H) Leicester (A)
Sheffield United (A) Chelsea (H)
Manchester United (A) Aston Villa (A)
Aston Villa (H) Manchester United (H)
Tottenham (A) Wolves (A)
Wolves (H) Tottenham (H)

Crystal Palace fans should be pleased with how their season is shaping up because with great away form, they should be fancying a top ten challenge, although their home form come the run in could be decisive as to where they finish.

For me, eight points from across both their opening and closing six games would be a great result because they’re bound to pick plenty up on the road mid-season whilst home results probably depends on how they handle each team on the day.

 

Everton 

Opening Fixtures Closing Fixtures
Crystal Palace (A) Tottenham (A)
Watford (H) Southampton (H)
Aston Villa (A) Wolves (A)
Wolves (H) Aston Villa (H)
Bournemouth (A) Sheffield United (A)
Sheffield United (H) Bournemouth (H)

Everton should be chuffed with these sets of fixtures because with only Spurs their biggest issue, Marco Silva and his Toffees should be targeting points from each of their other games in that list. 

December however is going to define their season because they face five of the top six within that month (including Man City although falls on New Year’s Day) plus have tough fixtures against Burnley (H) and Newcastle (A) during the festive period. 

For me, if Everton can come out of that month with respectable results and avoid a tough FA Cup Third Round tie then they can really push for a top six finish plus possibly the FA Cup too. 

Overall I would say that a great season awaits the blue side of Merseyside but December is going to be a significant factor in how their second half plays out. 

 

Leicester City

Opening Fixtures Closing Fixtures
Wolves (H) Crystal Palace (H)
Chelsea (A) Arsenal (A)
Sheffield United (A) Bournemouth (A)
Bournemouth (H) Sheffield United (H)
Manchester United (A) Tottenham (A)
Tottenham (H) Manchester United (H)

Like Chelsea, Leicester have a tough opening run of fixtures so their meeting at Stamford Bridge could be significant for the Foxes who have back-to-back clashes against Manchester United and Tottenham after the September international break then again at end of season.

I therefore am expecting Leicester to face a tough season with only January and March featuring a clear run of winnable games, meaning that they really need to be at their best in majority of games this season if are to secure European football.

 

Liverpool

Opening Fixtures Closing Fixtures
Norwich (H) Aston Villa (H)
Southampton (A) Brighton (A)
Arsenal (H) Burnley (H)
Burnley (A) Arsenal (A)
Newcastle (H) Chelsea (H)
Chelsea (A) Newcastle (A)

After a brilliant season last time round, Liverpool are going to have to be at their absolute best this time.

As decent as their opening games look, I feel that Southampton, Burnley and Chelsea could be dangerous thorns early on whilst their run-in could be a pressure cooker if the title race is anything like last season.

Liverpool therefore probably need to be four points clear by Week 36 if want breathing room in case of a slip up against Arsenal or Chelsea, although October and January will be defining months for their title challenge with games against Man Utd and Spurs.

If can come through those games with maximum points and Man City start to get sussed then the title is surely heading to Anfield but with the FIFA Club World Cup adding to their fixture list, this could be one of Liverpool’s greatest ever seasons if can achieve deep cup runs alongside another Premeir League title challenge.

 

Manchester City

Opening Fixtures Closing Fixtures
West Ham (A) Southampton (A)
Tottenham (H) Newcastle (H)
Bournemouth (A) Brighton (A)
Brighton (H) Bournemouth (H)
Norwich (A) Watford (A)
Watford (H) Norwich (H)

I am excited about Man City’s start because their opening three opponents will be stronger than usual, potentially creating a huge opportunity for Liverpool to steal first blood in the title race.

Pep Guardiola however will be pleased with how easy the Citizens’ run-in looks with Watford away on the penultimate weekend probably their only sticking point, which isn’t too bad in comparison to Liverpool.

I therefore feel that Man City are again the title favourites but if they falter in their opening three games, this title fight could get interesting.

 

Manchester United 

Opening Fixtures Closing Fixtures
Chelsea (H) Bournemouth (H)
Wolves (A) Aston Villa (A)
Crystal Palace (H) Southampton (H)
Southampton (A) Palace (A)
Leicester (H) West Ham (H)
West Ham (A) Leicester (A)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first full season at Man Utd definitely looks exciting because if can get past an early stern test in Chelsea then push on, I reckon they could be in the title mix. 

December however is going to be their defining month with stern away trips against Man City, Watford and Burnley whilst Tottenham, Everton and Newcastle all visit Old Trafford.

Throw in an Europa League game and possible Carabao Cup Quarter Final then I can see a slip-up or two which could define United’s title chances coming during this stage of the season. 

I however can’t see United lasting long in a title fight because once the Thursday-Sunday routine starts to creep in, they are bound to fall away but should be good for a top four result.

 

Newcastle United

Opening Fixtures Closing Fixtures
Arsenal (H) West Ham (H)
Norwich (A) Manchester City (A)
Tottenham (A) Watford (A)
Watford (H) Tottenham (H)
Liverpool (A) Brighton (A)
Brighton (H) Liverpool (H)

With uncertainty surrounding the club’s ownership and manager, these are exciting times for Newcastle supporters but I can see another slow start if they don’t beat Arsenal on the opening Super Sunday.

Their first win last season didn’t come until November but this time round, Newcastle should be targeting their games against Norwich, Watford and Brighton as perfect opportunities to put points on the board. 

January however looks very tough with games against four of last season’s top ten sides so if there is one weak month, expect it to come in January but this should be another solid if transitional season – should they get a new owner and manager. 

 

Norwich City

Opening Fixtures Closing Fixtures
Liverpool (A) Brighton (H)
Newcastle (H) Watford (A)
Chelsea (H) West Ham (H)
West Ham (A) Chelsea (A)
Manchester City (H) Burnley (H)
Burnley (A) Manchester City (A)

Having been promoted as champions, I find it fitting that Norwich should face the European champions on their first weekend back in the top flight then possibly the out-going champions on the final day. 

What a better way to test themselves at both ends of the season than against two fellow trophy winning teams???

Focusing on their opening six matches, I have to say that they could of been handed a more brutal start so home results are probably going to be key early on before they visit Burnley, which is a winnable game if Daniel Farke can get the right quality in his squad. 

Across the season as a whole, I do fear for Norwich because if they can’t get enough points against lesser teams come mid April then they are definitely going to be up against it with Brighton and Burnley their only realistic hopes of points. 

Their season is therefore likely to come down to getting in the right players and producing results when it matters. 

 

Sheffield United

Opening Fixtures Closing Fixtures
Bournemouth (A) Burnley (A)
Crystal Palace (H) Wolves (H)
Leicester (H) Chelsea (H)
Chelsea (A) Leicester (A)
Southampton (H) Everton (H)
Everton (A) Southampton (A)

Sheffield United are surely one of the tips for relegation so really need to take advantage of every chance that goes their way. 

Bournemouth and Crystal Palace therefore are must win for momentum reasons because if lose, I just don’t see them doing much against teams like Chelsea and Everton who coincidentally also feature in the Blades’ run-in. 

Come mid-season, December and February are definitely all winnable against likes of Aston Villa and Brighton who could also be in the relegation mix so in summary, every point counts for Chris Wilder’s men. 

 

Southampton

Opening Fixtures Closing Fixtures
Burnley (A) Manchester City (H)
Liverpool (H) Everton (A)
Brighton (A) Manchester United (A)
Manchester  United (H) Brighton (H)
Sheffield United (A) Bournemouth (A)
Bournemouth (H) Sheffield United (H)

Ralph Hasenhuttl will definitely be pleased with Southampton’s fixture list because there is a great blend of tough and winnable matches.

October however could be very interesting if they’re to mount a top seven push because Chelsea and Leicester both visit St Mary’s whilst they also visit Wolves.

If can get two wins from these three games and gather points from lesser teams like Villa and Brighton throughout season, I can’t see why a top ten finish shouldn’t be possible for the Saints.

 

Tottenham Hotspur

Opening Fixtures Closing Fixtures
Aston Villa (H) Everton (H)
Manchester City (A) Bournemouth (A)
Newcastle (H) Arsenal (H)
Arsenal (A) Newcastle (A)
Crystal Palace (H) Leicester (H)
Leicester (A) Crystal Palace (A)

Tottenham have been nearly men for quite a few seasons now but with clashes against their fellow rivals nicely spread out, their priority has to be maintaining momentum through mid to late season because this is traditionally where they falter against lesser teams. 

This time round, Arsenal is their biggest threat during the run-in so if Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs can find some consistency at that stage of this season, they could be title outsiders if both Man City and Liverpool stumble. 

In simple terms, consistency is key if Tottenham are to push on and challenge the big guns throughout an entire season. 

 

Watford 

Opening Fixtures Closing Fixtures
Brighton (H) Chelsea (A)
Everton (A) Norwich (H)
West Ham (H) Newcastle (H)
Newcastle (A) West Ham (A)
Arsenal (H) Manchester City (H)
Manchester City (A) Arsenal (A)

Watford made a great start last season but with 13 points from their first six games but this time around, five should be a realistic aim because five of their opponents are similar if not better in quality than them.

Getting wins over Brighton and Newcastle surely have to be key because Everton and West Ham are going to be stronger whilst Arsenal and Manchester City will be tough to stop, especially if need wins in their last two games of the season.

Watford therefore going to have to be at their absolute best against those around them because this season is definitely set to be a lot tougher and fans must curb any expectations of a top seven push if they’re to enjoy another great season of football.

 

West Ham United

Opening Fixtures Closing Fixtures
Manchester City (H) Newcastle (A)
Brighton (A) Burnley (H)
Watford (A) Norwich (A)
Norwich (H) Watford (H)
Aston Villa (A) Manchester United (A)
Manchester United (H) Aston Villa (H)

After an injury disrupted last campaign, West Ham will definitely be relishing this season now several key players are available again following lengthy injury spells. 

Manchester City therefore are the perfect first test of where West Ham are at, especially with the transfer window shut just days before given the quality in both teams. 

Man U meanwhile are the only double threat across both the opening and closing games and with ‘Big Six’ clashes nicely spread out, I am expecting the Hammers to be firmly in the race for seventh at least. 

That is a big if though given their injury issues of last season but certainly achievable if have the right amount of depth in the squad. 

 

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Opening Fixtures Closing Fixtures
Leicester (A) Arsenal (H)
Manchester United (H) Sheffield United (A)
Burnley (H) Everton (H)
Everton (A) Burnley (A)
Chelsea (H) Crystal Palace (H)
Crystal Palace (A) Chelsea (A)

Wolves are definitely going to be in for a tough season with Europa League qualifiers starting in late July, so their opening five games are probably amongst the worst case scenarios possible. 

I therefore can see Crystal Palace away being where their league season really begins to kick into gear although their run-in is no better with only Sheffield United and Palace being their best hopes of points. 

Nuno Espirito Santo therefore probably needs his players to get maximum points against lower teams like Norwich and Sheffield United, if they are to record another top ten finish. 

 

 

 

 

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