After a long summer with no football, the world cup would surely be longed for. Strangely enough though, the Premier League will start several months before the Qatar world cup, and whilst there has been some international football on recently, it’s the domestic league that will be the focus throughout July. It’s not long before we’re F5’ing the fixtures today to find out the latest scores.
Just a couple of days ago, the Premier League fixture list was officially announced. This comes shortly after a leak that made the papers claiming Manchester City would face AFC Bournemouth on the opening day – something that turned out to be completely untrue. The other leak, which claimed Spurs would face off with Southampton did turn out to be true, but nonetheless the official fixture list of the most-watched league is now announced.
The opening game of the 2022/23 season will be Arsenal away at Crystal Palace on the 5th of August, kicking off at 20:00. Arsenal will be hoping that they can field some of their exciting new signings – in particular their £34m Fabio Vieira signing from Porto.
Then, it will be an early kick-off on Saturday morning that sees Liverpool head off away at newly promoted Fulham. Reunited in the league that they feel they belong to, Fulham won the Championship with an impressive 27 wins and no real close competition until the very final matchweeks.
At 3pm, the fixtures list is as follows:
- Bournemouth vs Aston Villa
- Leeds vs Aston Villa
- Leicester vs Brentford
- Newcastle vs Nottingham Forest
- Spurs vs Southampton
- Everton vs Chelsea
And to round off the jam-packed weekend, Sunday consists of Manchester United vs Brighton, as well as West Ham hosting Manchester City.
Perhaps the most daunting of fixtures at the start of the season is AFC Bournemouth. The newly-promoted side, who granted, will be up for it in the opening stages of the competition, have to play Man City away, Arsenal at home, and Liverpool away on the bounce after their opening fixture against Villa. It may also put more pressure on the beachside town to get a good result against Villa if they want to avoid slipping into the relegation zone for the entirety of August.
Palace also has it tough, who must face Arsenal in the opening fixture, then Liverpool away, and also Man city, all within their first 5 games.
Arsenal is arguably the team that has it easiest. This is a huge season for Arteta, who was simultaneously gutted about missing out on the Champions League, but equally happy to have seen such drastic improvements. Gaining some momentum at the beginning of the season could be important for Arsenal’s confidence, and it seems their prayers have been answered.
Arsenal’s opening 5 fixtures:
- Crystal Palace v Arsenal
- Arsenal v Leicester City
- Bournemouth v Arsenal
- Arsenal v Fulham
- Arsenal v Aston Villa
Manchester City also has a relatively comfortable start to the season, similar to Arsenal. Pep will certainly be happy making an early statement that the current champions intend to pick up where they left off.
The opening 5 fixtures for Manchester City are…
- West Ham United v Manchester City
- Manchester City v Bournemouth
- Newcastle United v Manchester City
- Manchester City v Crystal Palace
- Manchester City v Nottingham Forest
All eyes on Manchester United
With a disappointing 2021/22 season, Manchester United’s strive to get back to the top appears to still be some time away. With only a couple goals separating us from an image of Ronaldo playing in the Conference League, United did manage to finish 6th, but with a fairly disinterested-looking squad and 11 points off 5th place.
So, all eyes will be on Erik Ten Hag to see what the Dutchman can pull off. With few transfers have gone through, but several on the horizon, Manchester United may be content with their middle-of-the-road fixture list to kick the season off. There will be an opportunity to get six points from their opening games against Brighton and Brentford, but they will have to face Liverpool, Leicester, Arsenal, Manchester City, Everton, Tottenham, and Chelsea all within their opening 11 fixtures – leaving a slightly easier mid-season run of fixtures.
Whilst the Manchester derby isn’t until the 1st of October – which happens to be the very same day that Arsenal first play Tottenham Hotspur – United will face off against Liverpool very early on into the season, perhaps being the first derby of the league. Meanwhile, Liverpool are set to face Everton on the 3rd of September on their 7th game of the season.
Chelsea starts the season with various London derbies, such as Spurs and West Ham, but it’s on September the 10th that they play local rivals Fulham for the first time since May 2021. The A23 derby between Crystal Palace and Brighton is played on the 17th of September.