- Premier League new season returns in September and several dates and competitions have had to be adjusted to cope with the current fixture congestion
- The biggest change is the fact that there will be no winter break in England next season
- This is in an attempt to adjust to the late start to the new campaign
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The new 2020/2021 season is set to be unique for quite a number of reasons, with top of the list being the very odd dates involved in games.
With the Premier League fixtures expected to be released next week, fans can expect to see unique dates especially because of the absence of several typical breaks in the season.
Notably, there will be four rounds of midweek fixtures since the winter break was scrapped for this season due to congestion of games.
Teams like Tottenham Hotspur find themselves in conundrum because of the new calendar as they have to play Europa League qualifying which begins on September 17, which will be the start of a group stage bid.
Legit.ng looks at five other changes in the new season which is largely due to the shift in calendar.
1. Season will be five weeks shorter
Considering the fact that the Premier League season will kick off on September 12, the entire campaign will end up being at last five weeks shorter than the standard league season
2. No Winter break
In the past, English teams had one weekend and one full midweek off in February but this will not be the case in the coming season due to the congestion of fixtures.
3. FA Cup replays scrapped
The biggest changes in the new season in England will mostly affect cup competitions, with the FA Cup replays set to be scrapped in the coming campaign in a bid to ease congestion of games.
This means that just like in the current Champions League knockout phase in the 2019/2020 season, teams will have to settle the game through extra time and possibly penalties if the game ends in a stalemate
4. Two-legged Carabao games scrapped
The same is the case in the Carabao Cup, which traditionally has two legs in the semi-finals stage.
5. FA Cup Prize money to be halved
Perhaps the biggest blow comes in the form of the winner of the FA Cup, who will have to make due with half the rewards next season as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The winner of next season’s FA Cup trophy will receive £1.8million.
The draw for the FA Cup extra preliminary and preliminary rounds is set to take place on August 18.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that opening day fixtures for the 2020/21 Premier League season has reportedly been leaked with just four weeks to the start of the new season with Liverpool as the reigning champions.
After waiting for thirty years, Liverpool finally made their fans happy by winning the 2019/20 Premier League season in what was a big achievement for Jurgen Klopp.
Premier League chiefs are planning to release the official fixtures from next week so that fans can have the feelings of what they are up to for the coming term.
But some fans believe they have already spotted the opening day fixtures thanks to the Premier League's official Fantasy Football game.
And what would appear to be a glitch in the game showed which side each player would be playing against for their clubs when selected by users.
In the apparent leak, Manchester United will be facing Arsenal at Old Trafford in what is expected to be a tough game.
Liverpool who are the current champions will be starting the defense of their title against West Ham United while Manchester City will be facing Crystal Palace.
Jose Mourinho and his wards at Tottenham will be facing Everton, while Leicester City will travel to face Wolves in another big game.
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