Premier League - Football: City begin title defence at West Ham

16 June 2022 20:56:03 GMTPlus10
Pep Guardiola will be hoping for a positive start

The fixture computer has been in action on Thursday morning and it has produced another set of potentially fascinating ties ahead of a unique 2022/23 Premier League season where the World Cup will split the campaign in half.

Champions Manchester City have a tricky-looking start as they go to David Moyes' West Ham who themselves are aiming to finish in the European placings once more.

Liverpool will look to reclaim their title and they face a trip to newly-promoted Fulham on the opening weekend while Erik ten Hag begins life at Manchester United with a home game against Brighton.

City are currently 1.50 to retain their title with Liverpool priced at 4.00, while 51.00 is the price for Manchester United to break their ten-year Premier League duck.

City and Liverpool have manageable starts

Both Manchester City and Liverpool will be reasonably happy with the fixtures they've been given in August.

City face home games against newly-promoted Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest as well as Crystal Palace with West Ham and Newcastle their away games, while Liverpool also have three home games in August against Crystal Palace, Bournemouth, and Newcastle with Fulham and Manchester United their trips.

The first match between the two expected title protagonists comes on 15th October at Anfield while the return fixture at the Etihad will be on 1st April - all games subject to TV changes.

Ten Hag faces tricky start

Manchester United begin a new era under former Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag and he faces Brighton on the opening day, the first fixture of a potentially tricky August.

They then travel to Brentford before facing great rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford - trips to Leicester and Southampton complete the month. United finish their campaign at home to Fulham.

Race for top four begins with interesting fixtures

There is a Frank Lampard and Chelsea reunion as the  Blues travel to Everton on the opening day of the season while the very first match of the campaign will come at Selhurst Park as Arsenal travel to Crystal Palace with another reunion between Patrick Vieira and the Gunners.

Antonio Conte's Spurs who snatched the final top-four spot from Arsenal last season begin their season at home to Southampton.

Big-spending Newcastle may have genuine ambitions of finishing in the Champions League places and their season kicks off at home to Nottingham Forest who are playing Premier League football for the first time in 23 years.

Bournemouth and Forest face very difficult starts

Promotion usually brings with it a raft of optimism but Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest have been given a very tough opening month.

The Cherries travel to both Manchester City and Liverpool while Aston Villa visit the Vitality Stadium on the opening weekend before Arsenal and Wolves also head to the south coast.

Forest have visits to Newcastle, Everton, and Manchester City to look forward to while West Ham and Tottenham visit the City Ground.

Championship winners Fulham have a comparatively gentler start (aside from Liverpool on the opening day) and Marco Silva will be targeting home wins against Brentford and Brighton while they also go to Wolves.

In terms of the relegation battle, Bournemouth are 1.61 to go down with Forest 2.00, and Fulham 3.00.

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Post World Cup blues?

The World Cup, which takes place through November and December, means clubs will break off following a round of fixtures on 12th and 13th November.

The break comes after 16 rounds of fixtures and the Premier League will resume on the traditional Boxing Day round of games.

Manchester City head to Jesse Marsch's Leeds while Jurgen Klopp and Steven Gerrard will get reacquainted at Villa Park as Liverpool travel to Aston Villa.

Manchester United host Nottingham Forest while there is a London derby at the Emirates between Arsenal and West Ham.

Forest, in particular, have it tough over the festive period with a home game against Chelsea on 31st December.

Final day set for more drama

If the final day of the 2022/23 season is anything like the one just gone then it is set to be a real emotional rollercoaster.

Last year's title competing duo Manchester City and Liverpool face away trips to Brentford and Southampton respectively as both teams go for the title once more.

In terms of the battle to stay up, Fulham may be hoping they have already done enough as they go to Manchester United on 28th May.

Nottingham Forest are at Crystal Palace while Bournemouth go to Everton, meaning none of the promoted clubs will have home comforts on a potentially tricky last day.

Leeds, who survived by the skin of their teeth last season, are at home to Tottenham on the final day, a game which follows a tricky run of Manchester City, Newcastle, and West Ham.

Chelsea host Newcastle on the final in what could be a determining clash for European placings.

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