Premier League matches have fallen. Manchester City’s title defense gets off to a tricky start at West Ham United, and Nottingham Forest return to the Premier League after more than two decades away with a trip to Newcastle. Championship winners Fulham will host Liverpool, while new Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag will get up and running against Brighton.
Looking further ahead this season comes with an intriguing weakness, the six-week gap between November and December games giving way to the 2022 World Cup, although players who take part in both will certainly not have Didn’t feel like we had much rest.
Here are 10 of the most intriguing dates coming in 2022-23. Remember that outside of the opening weekend, kick-off dates and times will not be confirmed for these matches until broadcasters have made their selection.
1. August 5: Arsenal’s tough opening night at Crystal Palace
Once again Mikel Arteta’s side are being asked to pull back the curtain on the new Premier League season, and there is no doubt TV executives will be hoping for a repeat of the dramatic start of 2021-22 when the Gunners COVID-related were crushed 2-0 by newly promoted Brentford. Illness may not be a factor this time around, but even at full strength Arsenal will surely have their work cut out for them at Crystal Palace.
Like a London taxi driver, Arsenal is extremely reluctant when it comes to making trips south of the river. No wonder, Selhurst Park is littered with the bones of seasons past for Arteta and his predecessors, including two 3-0 defeats in the last five years, both in the kind of rowdy night games they will face on the day of the opening from 2022-23. Palace seem to approach their biggest games without fear, and too often the Gunners are quite the opposite. It could be another exhausting night for those traveling from North London.
2. August 13: Top football returns to the City Ground
It’s a bit of a shame that Nottingham Forest start their season at Newcastle, but when their fans have been waiting 23 years for top-flight football at the City Ground, what difference does seven extra days make? Life in the Premier League won’t be easy for Steve Cooper’s side, who face another likely first-half side West Ham United ahead of clashes with Everton, Tottenham and Manchester City in August.
It may be preferable, and it will certainly give Cooper and those above him the chance to make another assessment of their team when they come face to face with the best England has to offer. to offer. In the meantime, we cannot question their desire to move forward on the market. With Brice Samba’s future uncertain, they are trying to sign Dean Henderson on loan from Manchester United and are also pursuing Ainsley Maitland-Niles. It might not be the end of the world if these players fold just when the encounter list is at its most daunting.
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3. August 20: First game in the Ten Hag marquee
The fixture list hasn’t been kind to Manchester United’s new manager. As Erik ten Hag tries to forge a cohesive strategy and identity at a club whose overall ethos over the past decade seems to have been ‘every commitment is a good commitment’, he will come up against teams who enter this season knowing exactly what they are doing. Brighton and Brentford won’t give United a quarterback at first, but it’s against Liverpool in their third league game that the quick judgments will really be made.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick have at least set the bar so low that simply not being routed will be progress, but the new boss will know the Reds are the benchmark against which he will be judged. Will he be tempted, as such, to take the game on the side of Jurgen Klopp and try to prove that his team is immediately capable of facing the best Europeans? This would be a high risk approach, but could bring great rewards.
4. September 10: The tests follow one another for Antonio Conte
Tottenham’s quick business in the transfer market so far this summer will be welcomed by Antonio Conte, although he looks like a man who wouldn’t be entirely happy if Daniel Levy landed him Kylian Mbappe , Erling Haaland and Trent Alexander-Arnold. . Spurs will need as much quality as they can muster early on for what is a grueling fixture list that will pit them against Chelsea, West Ham and Manchester City in their opening six games.
It’s a stark contrast to City, who host Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium in early September after battling their way into a title defense that looks set to get off to a comfortable start. Conte’s side will then offer Erling Haaland’s first chance to prove he can do it against the toughest defenses in the Premier League. Given his track record so far, would anyone doubt his ability to do so?
5. October 19: Last chance saloon for England hopefuls
Gareth Southgate has yet to confirm when he will name his England squad, but it is expected to be around October 20. The day before, then, may be too late for those on the sidelines, but Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford hope that’s not the case. Both appeared to be on a coded warning from the Three Lions manager, who noted Manchester United players had a lot to do if they were to earn their place in Qatar.
Will they be able to take the plunge against Tottenham? By mid-October, Ten Hag’s side should develop a sense of cohesion, and if his work at Ajax is anything to go on, then his wide forwards should find themselves with plenty of direct contributions to the scoresheet. who may well pressure Southgate to consider their cases. One last big throw under the lights of Old Trafford could seal the deal.
6. November 12: a day of upheaval?
What impact will the looming mid-season World Cup have on the Premier League’s final weeks before its winter break? Past evidence suggests players who know they’re destined for the tournament aren’t exactly slowing down in April and May, but there’s of course an obvious explanation for that: whether it’s a relegation battle or a title charge, there is a lot at stake for their clubs before even thinking about the summer tournament. This time around, with half a season still to follow in Qatar, the pressure will naturally not be as intense.
In this period between the announcement of squads and the reluctant shutdown of domestic leagues (just nine days in the case of the Premier League), will internationals throw in tackles with the same vigor as usual? You could hardly blame them if they didn’t. As such, this final weekend could provide some additional upheaval for teams who are set to lose a host of players at the World Cup. Manchester United and Newcastle United vs. Chelsea, in particular, looks like potential trap games.
7. December 26: Back in force
Eight days after lifting the trophy on the evening of the Lusail Iconic Stadium, Harry Kane will be back at the Brentford Community Stadium. That ? A man can dream, right? Whoever celebrates Christmas as world champions, we can be sure players returning to the Premier League will be part of another round of the thresher that is the English festive calendar.
There may not be an extra match between Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve, but broadcaster compensation is another round right after Jan. 2, meaning players who gave their all to the pursuit of glory for their country amounts to three games in eight days. The recent string of heavy-legged Nations League fixtures is perhaps just a harbinger of what is to come in the Premier League, where the most valuable resource of all could be players who can still run a little.
8. February 4: Will Newcastle’s rise continue?
Newcastle may well prove to be the most intriguing side to watch throughout this season. There will be those – including a fan who appeared on the CBS Sports Golazo Twitter space as fixtures plummeted – expecting the Magpies to soar to the top echelons of the Premier League in no time. time. They also hope February brings with it the biggest and brightest names snatched from the World Cup by the Saudi owners.
Manchester City have shown that once a team with unlimited wealth reaches the top they are almost impossible to dislodge, but it took them many years to get there after being bought in 2008. The field is even more crowded now. What could be progress for Newcastle in the first takeover after the full season is rather to be at or around the level of their opponents in this particular game, West Ham United. Well-run, wealthy clubs with strong squads that sit just outside the top six should be Newcastle’s target for 2022-23. This game will offer an idea of whether they succeed.
9. April 1: The title decider?
When Manchester City and Liverpool met on April 10 last season, the two managers insisted the result would not dictate the course of the title race. With seven games remaining, there were too many opportunities for further dropped points, they reasoned. In reality, they would each only lose two in their remaining league matches; the 2-2 draw they shared didn’t quite decide the title race, but a win would have been had the subsequent results remained the same.
Such are the heights these two are climbing, it could well be that this match, nearly two months before the season reaches its conclusion, proves to be the turning point in the title race. Both teams were excellent last season, and with Darwin Núñez and Haaland added to their attacking armories, they promise to be even better. If they can’t find a way to withdraw from the points, who will?
10. May 28: Relegation clash at Goodison
The final day already seems to have some intriguing matches. If things go really well for Newcastle, could there be a battle for European football between them and Chelsea, around which there has been so much uncertainty this summer, at Stamford Bridge? Will the last title battle between Manchester City and Liverpool be played on the playing fields of Brentford and Southampton? It’s of course too early to be sure, but it could be that the biggest outstanding deal of the final day will be decided at Goodison Park.
Cash-strapped Everton survived last season but if they lose Richarlison, 2022-23 could be no less grueling. Newly promoted Bournemouth, meanwhile, appear to have a good squad, but could benefit from a good degree of reinforcement if they are not to be dragged into the relegation battle. The last day of the season rarely offers a straight playoff for survival. This one might.