Liverpool, Man Utd, Man City and Chelsea are all competing in this season’s Champions League, while Arsenal, Spurs and Leicester take part in the Europa League
By Richard Morgan
Tuesday 20 October 2020 16:43, UK
Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United are all taking part in the Champions League, while Tottenham, Arsenal and Leicester are involved in the Europa League, with all the action getting underway this week.
However, it is the league games that immediately follow an exerting continental clash that are often prove so testing for top-flight sides, so how do their post-European fixtures look this season?
Liverpool’s post-Champions League fixtures are, on paper at least, relatively kind, with top-flight clashes against the likes of Sheffield United, West Ham, Brighton and Fulham on the agenda, while they are also evenly split, with three at home and three away.
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Saturday 31st October 5:00pm
Kick off 5:30pm
However, the champions do face a pivotal game at rivals Man City on the back of a trip to Atalanta, the club’s seventh match in the space of just 21 days, while they also have a tricky-looking trip to Wolves hot on the heels of a home Champions League tie with Ajax at the start of December.
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And the strength in depth of Jurgen Klopp’s squad is sure to be tested during that hectic run of games following the knee injury to centre-back Virgil van Dijk.
Wed Oct 21: Ajax (a)
Sat Oct 24: Sheff Utd (h), 8pm – live on Sky Sports Box Office
Tues Oct 27: FC Midtjylland (h)
Sat Oct 31: West Ham (h), 5.30pm – live on Sky Sports
Tues Nov 3: Atalanta (a)
Sat Nov 7: Man City (a), TBC
Wed Nov 25: Atalanta (h)
Sat Nov 28: Brighton (a), TBC
Tues Dec 1: Ajax (h)
Sat Dec 5: Wolves (h), TBC
Wed Dec 9: FC Midtjylland (a)
Sat Dec 12: Fulham (a), TBC
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Similar to Liverpool, City take on West Ham, Sheffield United and Fulham after Champions League fixtures, while they also host struggling Burnley at the end of November, a few days after a trip to Olympiakos.
City have three games at home and three away in the immediate aftermath of Champions League clashes, although that does include huge fixtures at home to the champions and a derby at Man Utd after their final group match with Marseille at the Etihad in December, a contest that maybe a dead rubber by that stage of the competition.
Wed Oct 21: Porto (h)
Sat Oct 24: West Ham (a), 12.30pm
Tues Oct 27: Marseille (a)
Sat Oct 31: Sheff Utd (a), 12.30pm
Tues Nov 3: Olympiakos (h)
Sat Nov 7: Liverpool (h), TBC
Wed Nov 25: Olympiakos (a)
Sat Nov 28: Burnley (h) TBC
Tues Dec 1: Porto (a)
Sat Dec 5: Fulham (h) TBC
Wed Dec 9: Marseille (a)
Sat Dec 12: Man Utd (a) TBC
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Frank Lampard’s side have some potentially hazardous-looking encounters to contend with following their Champions League commitments this season, none more so than a visit to Old Trafford on Saturday night, four days on from a difficult game at home to Sevilla that kicks off their European campaign.
Saturday 24th October 5:00pm
Kick off 5:30pm
However, as well as United, Chelsea also face tough-looking opposition in Tottenham – and the return of Jose Mourinho to Stamford Bridge – Leeds and Everton following European clashes.
As with both Liverpool and City, though, the Blues do have a nice split of three home and three away matches on the back of Champions League contests.
Tues Oct 20: Sevilla (h)
Sat Oct 24: Man Utd (a), 5.30pm – live on Sky Sports
Wed Oct 28: FK Krasnodar (a)
Sat Oct 31: Burnley (a), 3pm
Wed Nov 4: Rennes (h)
Sat Nov 7: Sheff Utd (h), TBC
Tues Nov 24: Rennes (a)
Sat Nov 28: Tottenham (h) TBC
Wed Dec 2: Sevilla (a)
Sat Dec 5: Leeds (h) TBC
Tues Dec 8: FK Krasnodar (h)
Sat Dec 12: Everton (a) TBC
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will not be overly delighted with the post-Champions League schedule his team have been handed this season, beginning with Saturday evening’s home game with Chelsea coming just days after their trickiest Champions League test at PSG.
Sunday 1st November 4:00pm
Kick off 4:30pm
Not only that, but United also host another top-four rival in Arsenal four days on from a home clash with RB Leipzig, while the return trip to Germany that concludes the group phase is followed immediately by the visit of City in the Manchester derby.
And in between those three Old Trafford fixtures, United face testing matches at Everton – who they lost 4-0 at last year – Southampton and West Ham.
Tues Oct 20: PSG (a)
Sat Oct 24: Chelsea (h), 5.30pm – live on Sky Sports
Wed Oct 28: RB Leipzig (h)
Sun Nov 1: Arsenal (h), 4.30pm – live on Sky Sports
Wed Nov 4: Istanbul Basaksehir (a)
Sat Nov 7: Everton (a), TBC
Tues Nov 24: Istanbul Basaksehir (h)
Sat Nov 28: Southampton (a) TBC
Wed Dec 2: PSG (h)
Sat Dec 5: West Ham (a) TBC
Tues Dec 8: RB Leipzig (a)
Sat Dec 12: Man City (h) TBC
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Arsenal have been given four home league fixtures following this season’s Europa League encounters, definitely an advantage when it comes to the gruelling Thursday-Sunday routine of Europe’s second-tier competition.
However, the Gunners’ two remaining away games are at Champions League-chasing rivals Man Utd, before a derby at Spurs.
Thurs Oct 22: Rapid Vienna (a)
Sun Oct 25: Leicester (h), 7.15pm – live on Sky Sports Box Office
Thurs Oct 29: Dundalk (h)
Sun Nov 1: Man Utd (a), 4.30pm – live on Sky Sports
Thurs Nov 5: Molde (h)
Sat Nov 7: Aston Villa (h), TBC
Thurs Nov 26: Molde (a)
Sat Nov 28: Wolves (h) TBC
Thurs Dec 3: Rapid Vienna (h)
Sat Dec 5: Tottenham (a) TBC
Thurs Dec 10: Dundalk (a)
Sat Dec 12: Burnley (h) TBC
Unlike their city rivals, Spurs face five away Premier League trips straight after Europa League clashes this season, the hardest of which looks to be a visit to Mourinho’s former club Chelsea at the end of November.
Monday 26th October 7:00pm
Kick off 8:00pm
Meanwhile, they also host Arsenal in the north London derby at the start of December, although Mourinho may hope to have already qualified from the group by that stage.
Thurs Oct 22: LASK (h)
Mon Oct 26: Burnley (a), 8pm – live on Sky Sports
Thurs Oct 29: Royal Antwerp (a)
Sun Nov 1: Brighton (a), 7.15pm – live on Sky Sports Box Office
Thurs Nov 5: Ludogorets Razgrad (a)
Sat Nov 7: West Brom (a), TBC
Thurs Nov 26: Ludogorets Razgrad (h)
Sat Nov 28: Chelsea (a) TBC
Thurs Dec 3: LASK (a)
Sat Dec 5: Arsenal (h) TBC
Thurs Oct 10: Royal Antwerp (h)
Sat Dec 12: Crystal Palace (a) TBC
Brendan Rodgers’s side have an even split of home and away games following their Europa League encounters before Christmas, the first three of which appear harder though.
Leicester must travel to Arsenal and Leeds after their opening two matches of the competition, before hosting Wolves following the third clash.
Monday 2nd November 7:00pm
Kick off 8:00pm
However, things get easier thereafter, with home contests against struggling Fulham and Brighton, in between which they face a trip to out-of-form Sheffield United.
Thurs Oct 22: Zorya Luhansk (h)
Sun Oct 25: Arsenal (a), 7.15pm – live on Sky Sports Box Office
Thurs Oct 29: AEK Athens (a)
Mon Nov 2: Leeds (a), 8pm – live on Sky Sports
Thurs Oct 5: Sporting Braga (h)
Sat Nov 7: Wolves (h), TBC
Thurs Oct 26: Sporting Braga (a)
Sat Nov 28: Fulham (h) TBC
Thurs Dec 3: Zorya Luhansk (a)
Sat Dec 5: Sheff Utd (a) TBC
Thurs Dec 10: AEK Athens (a)
Sun Dec 13: Brighton (h) TBC