False start for Burnley as Premier League fixtures are unveiled, with Manchester United clash postponed

Burnley will start the Premier League season a week later than expected, after being drawn to face Manchester United at home on the first weekend - with the game postponed after United were promised a 30-day break following their Europa League campaign.

Manchester Uniteds last visit to Turf Moor
Manchester Uniteds last visit to Turf Moor

The fixture list drew out Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s side first up at Turf Moor, but Sean Dyche’s men will now have to wait until a trip to the King Power Stadium the following week, Saturday, September 19th, to get their Premier League season underway, after a Carabao Cup second round tie in midweek, on Tuesday or Wednesday.

United have been given a delayed start to the season after reaching the Europa League semi-finals, losing 2-1 to Sevilla, which means they could have featured on Wednesday, September 16th, but Burnley’s Carabao Cup time means the game will now be rearranged for a later date.

There was a suggestion that the Premier League could have paired United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Wolves on opening day, to give the sides in Europe extended rest, but it now means Dyche’s carefully-planned schedule - in terms of when the players return to training ahead of the season, and the warm-up games they play ahead of September 12th - could have to be redrawn.

Burnley’s first home game will now be Southampton on Saturday, September 26th, with a trip to Newcastle United on October 3rd before an international break.

The Clarets usually have a number of long trips in December, but have only one this year, at Arsenal on the 12th, as they host Wolves on the last Saturday before Christmas, and face what could be a fierce atmosphere, if fans are allowed back in by then, at Elland Road against newly-promoted Leeds United on Boxing Day.

Two days later, Burnley host Sheffield United, and Fulham are at Turf Moor on January 2nd.

Fixtures

SEPTEMBER

12 MANCHESTER UNITED H PP

16 Carabao Cup 2

19 Leicester City A

23 Carabao Cup 3

26 SOUTHAMPTON H

30 Carabao Cup 4

OCTOBER

3 Newcastle United A

17 West Brom A

24 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR H

31 CHELSEA H

NOVEMBER

7 Brighton A

21 CRYSTAL PALACE H

28 Manchester City A

DECEMBER

5 EVERTON H

12 Arsenal A

15 Aston Villa A

19 WOLVES H

23 Carabao Cup 5

26 Leeds United A

28 SHEFFIELD UNITED H

JANUARY

2 FULHAM H

6 Carabao Cup semi-final

9 FA Cup 3

13 Liverpool A

16 West Ham A

23 FA Cup 4

26 ASTON VILLA H

30 Chelsea A

FEBRUARY

2 MANCHESTER CITY H

6 BRIGHTON H

10 FA Cup 5

13 Crystal Palace A

20 WEST BROM H

27 Tottenham Hotspur A

28 Carabao Cup final

MARCH

6 ARSENAL H

13 Everton A

20 LEICESTER CITY H - FA Cup quarter-final

APRIL

3 Southampton A

10 NEWCASTLE UNITED H

17 Manchester United A - FA Cup semi-final

24 Wolves A

MAY

1 WEST HAM H

8 Fulham A

11 LEEDS UNITED H

15 LIVERPOOL H - FA Cup final

23 Sheffield United A

To be arranged: MANCHESTER UNITED H