The fixture 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 starting with a home tie against Brighton kicking off sending off a tough race to begin with. his new job.
City clinched the 2021-22 title in extraordinary fashion on the final day, coming from 2-0 down to beat Aston Villa 3-2 and edge past Liverpool in a thrilling run. Pep Guardiola’s side are in the running to become the first Premier League side to lift the trophy in three consecutive seasons since Manchester United in 2009 and their campaign begins at the London Stadium, before hosting newly promoted Bournemouth.
The first meeting between last season’s best two comes on October 15 when Guardiola’s men travel to Anfield, with the corresponding fixture 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, finishing with their lowest points tally in 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 to try to stop the rot at Old Trafford and he has a difficult start to life at United, with a home game against Liverpool, the club’s third game of the season, on August 20. In this game last season, Solskjaer’s side suffered one of the most humiliating defeats in their history when Liverpool won 5-0.
United’s opening 10 campaign also includes trips to Leicester and Everton as well as a visit to Arsenal. The first Manchester derby of the season will take place on October 1 at the Etihad, with the Old Trafford match scheduled for January 14.
The 2022-23 season kicks off with Crystal Palace against Arsenal on Friday August 5, then another seven-match program on Saturday, including Frank Lampard’s Everton hosting former club Chelsea.
Antonio Conte’s Tottenham beat Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal to the remaining Champions League spot 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 1 .
The Premier League is in its 30th year since its inception in 1992 and the new season is taking a different form to previous campaigns, with the league being halted in November due to the World Cup in Qatar. The last league fixtures before the tournament will take place on November 12 and 13 and the FA have submitted a formal request to the Premier League asking that games between the ‘Big Six’ not be scheduled this weekend until world Cup. begins, sources told ESPN.
There is no Big Six contest this weekend, with City hosting Brentford, Liverpool at home to Southampton, Chelsea at Newcastle, Tottenham hosting Leeds, Arsenal traveling to Wolves and United facing Fulham at Craven Cottage.
The World Cup final is on December 18 and the Premier League returns on December 26 with a full fixture schedule that includes Liverpool at Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa, Leeds versus Manchester City and a London derby between Arsenal and West Ham. The next round of matches will not take place until New Year’s Eve this term, to ease the workload for the teams after the World Cup.
Elsewhere on opening day, Nottingham Forest, back in the top flight for the first time in 23 years, start with a trip to St James’ Park to take on Newcastle, while other new boys Bournemouth host Aston Villa.
Matches are subject to change, due to the relocation of matches for television purposes and the progression of teams in domestic and European cup competitions.