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Liverpool Begins English Premier League Title Retention Bid Against Leeds United

The 2020-21 English Premier League season kicks off this week with eight games lined up. The first round of the tournament is a full 10-game schedule. It starts on Saturday with Fulham meeting Arsenal at 7:30 AM ET. The round ends with Chelsea taking on Brighton at 3:15 PM ET on Monday. The highlight of this week’s fixtures is the Saturday showdown between defending champions Liverpool and Leeds United. The kick-off of a new English Premier League season is great news. It also starts big-time online soccer betting that fans around the world are longing for.

Red Dominance

The Reds ran away with the 2019-20 Premier League title – their first in 30 years. They wound up 18 points ahead of second-placers Manchester City. Liverpool dominated the season, winning 32 of their 38 assignments, en route to 99 total points. Their 19th league title set several records in the English Premier League. This includes the most consecutive home victories (24, of which seven straight were registered during 2018-19 season). To add to that, the biggest point lead at any time (25).

They also matched the league record for most wins at 32. This means the most home victories (18) and the most consecutive wins (18) The Jurgen Klopp-mentored XI also became the team that clinched the EPL crown the earliest with seven remaining fixtures during the season and the latest to clinch the league title by date (June). The line-up remains almost intact with only Greek defender Kostas Tsimikas signing up for the team.

Back in the EPL

Fresh from topping the 2019-20 EFL Championship, Leeds United are out to prove that their efforts to gain promotion in the English Premer League were no fluke. The Marcelo Bielsa-coached team, however, begin their return to top-tier soccer with an early clash with 2019-20 champions Liverpool. The Peacocks took home the top spot in the Championship with a dominating display in the 24-team tournament. Leeds United won 28 of their 46 matches to accumulate 93 points, which is 10 ahead of closest pursuers West Bromwich Albion in the table. The team will count on forward Patrick Bamford and midfielder Pablo Hernandez in offense while Kiko Casilla is expected to man the goal for the Peacocks in their EPL return.

Online EPL bookmakers expect Liverpool to start the new English Premier League season with a bang. With an almost intact lineup, the Reds look to emerge victorious in their opener against Leeds United. However, the EFL Championship topnotchers are no pushovers as they aim to claim a big fish early in the tournament to boost their confidence. Expect an exciting showdown between the 2019-20 Premier League champions and the 2019-20 Championship table-toppers.

Other matches scheduled

The kick-off of the 2020-21 EPL season parades a loaded schedule with Fulham taking on 2019-20 FA Cup champions Arsenal in the first-round opener at 7:30 AM ET. An equally exciting matchup between Crystal Palace and Southampton will open before the Liverpool-Leeds United clash. The opening day of the new Premier League concludes with West Ham United taking on Newcastle United. On Sunday, West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City will battle each other at 9:00 AM ET while Tottenham and Everton lock horns at 11:30 AM ET. The final day of round one will feature an exciting double-header with Sheffield United and Wolverhampton clash at 1:00 PM ET on Monday while Brighton play host to Chelsea in a game scheduled at 3:15 PM ET.