Preparations for the new EPL season are well underway with players returning for pre-season training with their various clubs. This will be the 30th Premier League season since its commencement in 1992. And as usual, you can stake all your soccer bets on CediBet.com.
Here is all you need to know about the upcoming EPL season
When does the league start?
As announced by the Premier League in March, the 2021/2022 season kicks off on Friday 13 August 2021, with newcomers Brentford hosting Arsenal at the Brentford Community Stadium.
The final round of matches will be played on 22 May 2022- when all 10 games will be played simultaneously.
Which teams will be involved?
As usual, a total of 20 teams will compete in the 2021/2022 EPL season.
Fulham, West Brom, and Sheffield United were all relegated from the league last season and will be replaced by EFL Champions Norwich City, Watford, and play-off winners Brentford.
The Gunners had a disappointing season last time out finishing 8th on the EPL table thereby missing out on European competition for the first time in 25 years.
Mikel Arteta has already moved to strengthen his squad with the signing of Defender Nuno Tavares from Benfica and Midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht in a £15m deal.
Youngsters Bukayo Saka and Emil Smith Rowe were real shining lights for Arsenal last season. And the North Londoners will hope key players such as Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe, and Thomas Partey will return to form after underwhelming performances last season.
After surviving relegation on the final day of the 2019/20 EPL season, Aston Villa managed to finish a comfortable 11th position last season. Dean Smith’s side had a fast start to the season but their form dropped badly, with the drop in form coinciding with injury to talisman Jack Grealish.
They will hope the £38m signing of Emi Buendia from Norwich and the free signing of Ashley Young from Inter Milan will help ease the over-reliance on Grealish, who himself has been linked with a £100m move to EPL Champions Manchester City.
Brentford qualified to the EPL for the first time in the club’s history via the EFL Championship play-offs. After several near misses, they finally made it at the 10th time of asking beating Swansea 2-0 in the final.
The Bee’s whose only signing is relatively unknown Frank Onyeka from FC Midtjylland will be looking to at least survive relegation. They kick off their EPL journey against Arsenal at home.
Brighton will embark on their fifth straight season in the English Premier League after their 16th place finish last season. Graham Potter’s side is known to have a very progressive style of play but sometimes seems to lack the cutting edge in front of goal.
The Seagulls have added Enock Mpewu nicknamed the ‘The Computer’ at former club RB Salzburg due to his game reading abilities to their midfield but it is in attacking areas that they need strengthening the most. They begin the season against Burnley.
Burnley was able to secure their place in the EPL last season finishing at 17th place on the league table. Zero wins in their first seven games threatened to derail their season but you can never write off Burnley, can you? Sean Dyke certainly knows how to get the best out of the small squad and the limited budget at his disposal.
Burnley plays Brighton away in their first match of the season.
Chelsea at a point last season looked to be in free fall but a change in manager from club legend Frank Lampard to Thomas Tuchel sparked a massive turnaround. The Blues ended the season in 4th place on the league log and, also winning the UEFA Champions League.
The London club will be targeting the EPL title this season. They are yet to make any signings but have been linked to star strikers Erling Haaland and Robert Lewandowski in a bid to solve their goal-scoring issues from last season. Olivier Giroud and Fikayo Tomori have both been sold to AC Milan.
The Blues take on Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on opening day.
Palace finished last season in 14th place staying well clear of relegation again. They have since replaced Roy Hodgson, who retired at the end of last season, with France and Arsenal legend Patrick Viera.
Quite a number of players including Patrick Van Aanholt and Andros Townsend have also moved on after the expiration of their contracts. Palace had the oldest squad in the EPL last season and has already moved to fix that with the signings of youngsters Michael Olise from Reading and Marc Guehi from Chelsea.
They kick off their EPL season away from home against Chelsea.
Everton last season under Carlo Ancelotti had high hopes but ended the EPL season in 10th place. Ancelotti has since moved on to Real Madrid and has been replaced with former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez who will look to fix the club's home form issues that derailed their season last time out.
They have boosted their squad with the signings of forwards Andros Townsend and Demarai Gray and, battle Southampton at Goodison Park on the first matchday of the EPL season.
What an addition Leeds was to the EPL last season. Marcelo Bielsa’s side just came into the EPL and thrilled everyone with their energetic, all-out, possession-based style of play. They went ahead to finish the season in 9th place.
Leeds has already moved to secure the permanent signing of the influential Jack Harrison who was on loan from Manchester City last season. Junior Firpo has also joined from Barcelona. They start their season away at old rivals Manchester United.
Leicester again suffered heartbreak in their quest for Champions League football after finishing 5th for a second consecutive season in the EPL despite spending the majority of the season in top 4 positions. They did win the FA Cup, beating Chelsea in the final.
Brendan Rodger’s side will look to challenge for those top 4 places again this season and have bolstered their already young and talented squad with the signings of Zambian forward Patson Daka and midfielder Boubakary Soumare from Lille. Experienced EPL player, Ryan Bertrand has also joined on a free transfer.
The Foxes battle Wolves at the King Power on the first day of the new season.
The Red's disastrous EPL title defense due to a combination of loss of form and injuries to star players including Virgil Dijk was one of the major talking points of the last EPL season. Jurgen Klopp’s side finished in 3rd position, 33 points off the top of the league.
They will hope that was just a one-off and, have already brought in defender Ibrahima Konate from RB Salzburg to bolster their sometimes-nonexistent defense line. Influential midfielder Georgino Wijnaldum has left for PSG on a free transfer.
Liverpool visit Newcomers Norwich on the opening weekend
Manchester City raced to the EPL title with three games to spare, beating 2nd placed Man United by 12 points. Pep Guardiola’s side was unplayable sometimes, going on a staring 21-game win streak in all competitions, including 15 successive victories in the EPL.
The Citizens are yet to make any summer signings but have been linked to English duo Harry Kane and Jack Grealish. Meanwhile, Man City’s all-time top scorer Sergio Aguero was allowed to join Barcelona on a free transfer. They kick off their EPL season away at Tottenham Hotspurs.
The Red Devils finished 2nd in the EPL, 12 points behind rivals Manchester City. Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side won more points from losing positions than any other team and ended the season unbeaten away from home.
Manchester United has already completed the biggest transfer of the summer so far- the £73m signing of Jadon Sancho from Dortmund. They have also agreed to a £41m Real Madrid defender Rafael Varane. Questions marks still remain over the future of Paul Pogba who has one year remaining on his United contract.
They face Leeds United in their first match of the EPL campaign.
A late run of good form was enough to secure Newcastle’s status as an EPL side after a difficult season, which included a run of nine games without a win. Steve Bruce’s side will look to do better this season especially with the return of the demanding Newcastle fans.
They are yet to make any signings and play West Ham in their first EPL game.
Norwich City secured promotion to the EPL by winning the English Championship whiles playing some really good football. They have lost influential playmaker Emi Buendia to Aston Villa though and the main objective will be to stay in the league this time around.
Daniel Farke’s side kicks off their season against former champions Liverpool.
Southampton was soaring during the first half of last season but their form tailed off badly in the 2nd half of the season and suffered some bad results including a heavy 9-0 loss to Manchester United. They ended the season in 15th place but will hope for more consistency in the upcoming season.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team play Everton at home on matchday one
Tottenham Hotspurs were top of the league in November of last season after a 2-0 win over Man City, leading to talks of a possible title challenge. But by April, they were 7th place in the league with no chance of qualifying for the Champions league albeit qualifying for the EPL Cup final, with coach Jose Mourinho sacked.
They have gone on to install Nuno Espirito Santos as head coach and have been linked with players including Atalanta defender Cristian Romero. Question marks remain over captain Harry Kane who has been linked with a move to several top sides.
Their first game of the season is a home game against Man City.
Watford returns to the EPL after just one season in the English Championship and will face the difficult task of maintaining their EPL status. They have signed on a number of experienced Premier League campaigners including Danny Rose and Joshua King.
The Hornets will welcome Aston Villa in their first match of the season.
The Hammers had a great season under David Moyes, finishing in 6th place hence, qualifying for the Europa League for the first time since 2007. West Ham seems to have found some stability under the Scotsman who seems to have redeemed himself after his torrid 10-month stint as Manchester United manager.
The London side is yet to make any signings this summer and will hope to keep captain Declan Rice. They travel to Newcastle on matchday one.
Wolves finished 13th last season in the EPL, their lowest since returning to the topflight in 2018/19. The club parted ways with coach Nuno Espirito Santos and has since been replaced with ex-Benfica coach Bruno Lage. Star striker Raul Jimenez has returned to the fold after a head injury kept him out of the side for the best part of last season.
Wolves travel to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester on the opening weekend.
Will fans return to the Stadium?
Football fans will be allowed into stadiums with, the UK government announcing sports stadiums can operate at full capacity from July 2021.
The State of VAR?
VAR was a major source of frustration for coaches, footballers, and supporters in general. It has been announced VAR will use thicker lines in games to determine marginal decisions. Meaning instances where the armpits and toes of players were tagged to be offside in the build-up to goals will be eliminated.
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