The match schedule for the 2022-23 Premier League season was released on Thursday, with champions Manchester City starting at West Ham and the Erik ten Hag era at Manchester United kicking off with a home game against Brighton, kicking off a tough streak to start. his new job.
City clinched the 2021-22 title in extraordinary fashion on the final day, coming back from 2-0 down to beat Aston Villa 3-2 and overtake Liverpool in a thrilling run. Pep Guardiola’s side are in the running to become the first Premier League team to win the trophy three seasons in a row since Manchester United in 2009; his campaign begins at the London Stadium, before hosting newly promoted Bournemouth.
The first meeting between the top two of last season comes on October 15 when Guardiola’s men visit Anfield, with the corresponding match set for April 1. Jurgen Klopp’s side kick off their campaign against newly promoted Fulham at Craven Cottage.
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Manchester United endured a nightmarish 2021-22 season, ending with their lowest points tally of the Premier League era. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked midway through the campaign and Ralf Rangnick took over on an interim basis, only to leave the club this summer before the end of his two-year advisory role.
Ten Hag is the latest man trying to stop the rot at Old Trafford, and he’s off to a rocky start at United. A home game against Liverpool is the club’s third game of the season, on 20 August. In that match last season, Solskjaer’s side suffered one of the most humiliating defeats in their history as Liverpool won 5-0.
United’s first 10 games of the campaign also include trips to Leicester and Everton, as well as a visit to Arsenal. The first Manchester derby of the season comes on October 1 at the Etihad, with the Old Trafford match scheduled for January 14.
The 2022-23 season begins with Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal on Friday August 5, and then an additional seven-game program on Saturday, including Frank Lampard’s Everton hosting former club Chelsea.
Antonio Conte’s Tottenham beat Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal for the remaining Champions League place last season, and they open with a home game against Southampton, with the first North London derby of the season at the Emirates on October 1st.
The Premier League is in its 30th year since its inception in 1992, and the new season takes a different shape from previous campaigns, with the league going on hiatus in November due to the World Cup in Qatar. The final league matches before the tournament will take place on November 12 and 13, with the English Football Association making a formal request to the Premier League asking that matches between the Big Six not be scheduled the weekend before. before the World Cup begins, sources told ESPN.
There are no Big Six contests that weekend, with City hosting Brentford, Liverpool at home to Southampton, Chelsea at Newcastle, Tottenham hosting Leeds, Arsenal traveling to Wolves and United taking on Fulham at Craven Cottage.
The World Cup final is on December 18. The Premier League returns on December 26 with a full schedule of matches including Liverpool at Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa, Leeds vs. Manchester City and a London derby between Arsenal and West Ham. The next round of matches won’t be until New Year’s Eve this term, to ease the workload on teams after the World Cup.
Elsewhere on opening day, Nottingham Forest, back in the top flight for the first time in 23 years, begin with a trip to St James’ Park to take on Newcastle, while new teammates Bournemouth host Aston Villa.
Fixtures are subject to change, due to matches being moved for TV reasons and how teams can progress in domestic and European cup competitions.