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2020/21 FPL calendar: Premier League and cup fixture dates are revealed

The Premier League today revealed the scheduled Matchweek dates for the 2020/21 season.

The new campaign will start on the weekend of Saturday 12 September, finishing on Sunday 23 May.

The fixtures themselves aren’t yet out but, in their statement today, the Premier League said that they will be released no later than Friday 21 August.

Fantasy Premier League is yet to relaunch, of course, but most of the ‘Matchweeks’ in the below list will likely correspond with FPL Gameweeks:


Matchweek 1: Saturday 12 September
Matchweek 2: Saturday 19 September
Matchweek 3: Saturday 26 September
Matchweek 4: Saturday 3 October
Matchweek 5: Saturday 17 October
Matchweek 6: Saturday 24 October
Matchweek 7: Saturday 31 October
Matchweek 8: Saturday 7 November
Matchweek 9: Saturday 21 November
Matchweek 10: Saturday 28 November
Matchweek 11: Saturday 5 December
Matchweek 12: Saturday 12 December
Matchweek 13: Wednesday 16 December
Matchweek 14: Saturday 19 December
Matchweek 15: Saturday 26 December
Matchweek 16: Monday 28 December
Matchweek 17: Saturday 2 January
Matchweek 18a: Wednesday 13 January
Matchweek 19: Saturday 16 January
Matchweek 18b: Wednesday 20 January
Matchweek 20: Wednesday 27 January
Matchweek 21: Saturday 30 January
Matchweek 22: Wednesday 3 February
Matchweek 23: Saturday 6 February
Matchweek 24: Saturday 13 February
Matchweek 25: Saturday 20 February
Matchweek 26: Saturday 27 February
Matchweek 27: Saturday 6 March
Matchweek 28: Saturday 13 March
Matchweek 29: Saturday 20 March
Matchweek 30: Saturday 3 April
Matchweek 31: Saturday 10 April
Matchweek 32: Saturday 17 April
Matchweek 33:
Saturday 24 April
Matchweek 34: Saturday 1 May
Matchweek 35: Saturday 8 May
Matchweek 36: Wednesday 12 May
Matchweek 37: Saturday 15 May
Matchweek 38: Sunday 23 May


Matchweek 18 Conundrum

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Probably the thing that immediately leaps out from the above list is Matchweek 18.

This has been split in two and bisected by Matchweek 19, which throws up questions over how Fantasy Premier League will handle it.

We had a winter break last season, with the matches spread out and Gameweek 26 taking place over 11 days.

This year’s set-up looks more complicated, however.

Presuming that Matchweek 18 is split down the middle, it may be that the only workaround is a five-match Blank Gameweek 18 and a 15-match Double Gameweek 19 – but then there is the prospect of other outstanding fixtures being squeezed in around this time, just to complicate matters.

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Last year we had four FPL Gameweek deadlines in the space of 12 days (December 21 to January 1) over the festive period; this year it looks like being four in 15 (December 19 to January 2).

That should hopefully ease the strain on Premier League clubs and reduce the risk of rotation, but a 48-hour turnaround between Matchweeks 15 and 16 will surely wreak a bit of havoc.

FA Cup and Carabao Cup dates

The planned dates for the FA Cup and Carabao Cup were also revealed on Thursday.

There won’t be any replays in the FA Cup this season, while the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup will be one-off games rather than the two-legged affairs we usually see.

FA CUP
  • Third round: Saturday 9 January  
  • Fourth round: Saturday 23 January
  • Fifth round: Wednesday 10 February
  • Quarter-finals: Saturday 20 March
  • Semi-finals: Saturday 17 April
  • Final: Saturday 15 May

Round four, the quarter-finals, the semi-finals and the final clash with Matchweeks 20, 29, 32 and 37 in the Premier League.

Matchweek 29 (which may correspond to Gameweek 29, depending on FPL’s approach) looks set to be a blank in FPL, as an international break immediately follows.

There are currently free midweeks after Matchweeks 20, 32 and 37, however.

CARABAO CUP
  • Second round: Tuesday/Wednesday 15/16 September
  • Third round: Tuesday/Wednesday 22/23 September
  • Fourth round: Tuesday/Wednesday 29/30 September
  • Quarter-finals: Tuesday/Wednesday 22/23 December
  • Semi-finals: Tuesday/Wednesday 5/6 January
  • Final: Sunday 28 February

Premier League clubs aren’t involved in the first round of the Carabao Cup but will be from round two onwards (round three if the teams are involved in European competition).

Rounds two to four of the Carabao Cup take place in quick succession, in between Matchweeks 1-4 of the Premier League.

The final will clash with Matchday 26 but there is currently a free midweek after it, so there are no guarantees of FPL blanks.

UEFA Champions League and Europa League Dates

The schedules for next season’s Champions League and Europa League games had previously been announced and are as follows:

Champions League
  • Group stage, Matchday 1: Tuesday/Wednesday 20/21 October
  • Group stage, Matchday 2: Tuesday/Wednesday 27/28 October
  • Group stage, Matchday 3: Tuesday/Wednesday 3/4 November
  • Group stage, Matchday 4: Tuesday/Wednesday 24/25 November
  • Group stage, Matchday 5: Tuesday/Wednesday 1/2 December
  • Group stage, Matchday 6: Tuesday/Wednesday 8/9 December
  • Round of 16, first leg: Tuesday/Wednesday 16/17/23/25 February
  • Round of 16, second leg: Tuesday/Wednesday 9/10/16/17 March
  • Quarter-finals, first leg: Tuesday/Wednesday 6/7 April
  • Quarter-finals, second leg: Tuesday/Wednesday 13/14 April
  • Semi-finals, first leg: Tuesday/Wednesday 27/28 April
  • Semi-finals, second leg: Tuesday/Wednesday 4/5 May
  • Final: Saturday 29 May

Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea will all enter the competition at the group stage.

Europa League
  • Group stage, Matchday 1: Thursday 22 October
  • Group stage, Matchday 2: Thursday 29 October
  • Group stage, Matchday 3: Thursday 5 November
  • Group stage, Matchday 4: Thursday 26 November
  • Group stage, Matchday 5: Thursday 3 December
  • Group stage, Matchday 6: Thursday 10 December
  • Round of 32, first leg: Thursday 18 February
  • Round of 32, second leg: Thursday 25 February
  • Round of 16, first leg: Thursday 11 March
  • Round of 16, second leg: Thursday 18 March
  • Quarter-finals, first leg: Thursday 8 April
  • Quarter-finals, second leg: Thursday 15 April
  • Semi-finals, first leg: Thursday 29 April
  • Semi-finals, second leg: Thursday 6 May
  • Final: Wednesday 26 May

While Leicester City and Arsenal will both enter the competition at the group stage, Tottenham Hotspur face three one-off matches before they even get there.

The second qualifying round, third qualifying round and play-off round will take place on Thursday 17 September, Thursday 24 September and Thursday 1 October respectively.

That sets the Lilywhites on a collision course with the Carabao Cup schedule and they could be in a similar situation to Liverpool last season.

International Breaks

There are four international breaks in 2020/21 although one actually predates the start of the Premier League season:

  • September (covers weekend of 5/6) – before Matchweek 1
  • October (covers weekend of 10/11) – in between Matchweeks 4 and 5
  • November (covers weekend of 14/15) – in between Matchweeks 8 and 9
  • March (covers weekend of 27/28) – in between Matchweeks 29 and 30

Manchester clubs to Miss Start of Season?

There is reportedly an agreement in principle for clubs involved in the latter stages of 2019/20 European competition to be handed a delayed start to next season.

Should the two Manchester clubs reach the finals of the Champions League and Europa League, they may miss the opening two Gameweeks of 2020/21.

A blank in Gameweek 1 appears close to being assured, with City having reached the last eight of the Champions League and United through to the last four of the Europa League.


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733 Comments Post a Comment
  1. InterUranus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Salah and Mane 12.5 incoming

    1. Ser Davos
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Thonk they'll both be 12

    2. Buck The Trent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Maybe Mane 12.0

  2. noquarternt
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Prices that come out are always slightly below what is guessed at on here.

    Was expecting 12 though.

    1. Hy liverpool
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Salah 12.5
      Mane 12

    2. THE WERNER DELUSION
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      yeah they are, people on here aren't very good at guessing these

  3. FOO FIGHTER
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Salah or Mane coming up...

  4. Hy liverpool
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    We want Auba

  5. Rotation's Alter Ego
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Liverpool mid the next to release it seems

    1. Zladan
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      You sure Salah is a mid?

      1. Rotation's Alter Ego
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Fairly confident

  6. mynameisq
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Key point to remember is KDB only took over pens late in the season

  7. FPL Kaka
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Salah 12.5 I bet

  8. Godfrey
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Quite early with FPL prices, 7 days until fixtures announcement

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      No reason to tie it to fixtures announcement. Could get all the prices before then.

    2. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Fixtures won't change the prices, transfers would though e.g zaha moving to arsenal would probably get a price bump as opposed to staying at palace

    3. Berbs
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Fixtures no later than 7 days

      Probably before given the speed they're going to do price reveals

  9. Andy_Social
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Chelsea91 might be able to afford his 120m squad after all!

  10. Ginkapo FPL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Here is what I dont get about transfers. Teams drop out of the race because an extra 2 or 3 Mill is too much. They then pay Willian 9.5M a week. Why does the transfer fee actually make any difference to bank balances?

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      That 'amortisation thing - where it's spread over the duration of the contract, along with paying it in stages.

    2. THE WERNER DELUSION
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      probably doesn't make much difference when you're paying Willian THAT much 😉

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Because it's not just the fee, you need to convince the player to actually sign with you...

    4. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      This payment will be over next 3 years which is not the same as upfront transfer fee.

      1. Ginkapo FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        100M is in the first 3 months! Thats hardly an argument

  11. Giggs Boson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Really want Werner's price...

    1. Hy liverpool
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      10.5

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Why

  12. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Wow

  13. LangerznMash
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    If Werner and Kane were the same price who would you go for?

    1. Hy liverpool
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Fixtures fixtures fixtures

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Kane definitely. Werner would have to be 10m or lower for me to consider starting with him seeing as Chelsea are such an unsettled team.

  14. Dybala10
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    I remember a few years back when their Twitter page had like 200k follows we had to wait every day for a price reveal. Now there are like 4-5 a day.

    Bring it on!

  15. Berbs
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Salah 12

    1. Berbs
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Midfielder

  16. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Not going to answer the tweet directly but no I won’t be building my squad around Mo

    Foo might just possibly I guess 🙂

    Getting closer

  17. Ser Davos
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    KDB is not guaranteed pens and he's relatively deep compared with the wide forwards of Salah/Mane/Sterling.

    That was his first mega season iirc. Previously always a very solid 200 point man.

    Perhaps what contributed setting him at 11.5 rather than 12-12.5

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      He had the 3rd highest xGI behind only Salah and Sterling. Now he's on penalties as well...

      If he stays fit. He'll get 250+ again. I'm sure of it.

      So they've capped Salah at 12.0m who's certainly the highest. I'm guessing then Mane will be 11.5m again. Sterling at 11.0m...

      1. Ser Davos
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        I agree, but FPL is full of twists and turns and no season replicates the last

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          If anything, I expect City to be better. KdB to get 280!

  18. Ser Davos
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    If memory serves right we've always tended to over estimate the prices generally speaking after the summer of the 11-12 season when Baines and Vidic came in at 8 and Darren Fletcher was 7.5 for example.

    However, they've seemingly been pitched just affordable since then, at least that's my vague perception.

  19. Fulgencio Obelmejias
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Jimenez 9.0?

  20. bitm2007
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    GW deadline Wed 13th Jan and Sat 16th of Jan, so GW18 will be a multiple blank and GW19 a DGW.

  21. abhirup780
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Having Salah, Auba, Son, Werner, Ings, Mitro, TAA