Clubs can finally start planning for next season after the Premier League released the full fixture list for 2022/2023, but which of the top two have the better start?
Fixtures released for unique Premier League season
Premier League clubs will have to navigate around a winter World Cup, during which the English top-flight will take six weeks off to accommodate the tournament in Qatar.
However, let’s first look forward to the opening set of fixtures for the two biggest title rivals, with Gameweek 1 now just over seven weeks away.
Premier League Opening Day Fixtures:
- Bournemouth vs Aston Villa
- Crystal Palace vs Arsenal
- Everton vs Chelsea
- Fulham vs Liverpool
- Leeds vs Wolves
- Leicester vs Brentford
- Manchester Utd vs Brighton
- Newcastle vs Notts Forest
- Spurs vs Southampton
- West Ham vs Manchester City
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Liverpool get the better of the first six
Runners up last season Liverpool play a promoted side for the fourth consecutive time on the opening day of the season as they travel to Championship winners Fulham.
Jurgen Klopp’s side travel to Old Trafford to face Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United in Gameweek 3 and also face a short trip over Stanley Park to face Merseyside rivals Everton in their opening six, but those two are mixed in with more favourable home matches against Bournemouth and Crystal Palace, as well as an Anfield date with big spending Newcastle.
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Bournemouth v Villa
Crystal Palace v Arsenal
Everton v Chelsea
Fulham v Liverpool
Leeds v Wolves
Leicester v Brentford
Man Utd v Brighton
Newcastle v Forest
Spurs v Southampton
West Ham v Man City
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Manchester City face three tricky away matches in first six
Title favourites Man City, meanwhile, open their campaign away at West Ham, where they drew 2-2 at the backend of last season. The trip to the home of the Hammers is arguably their hardest of the opening six but there are other potential banana skins in the first few weeks.
Guardiola’s side also face a Gameweek 3 trip to Newcastle – strong at St James’ in the second half of last season under Eddie Howe and whose team is likely to be significantly bolstered by the time the season comes around – and a Gameweek 6 match against Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa, themselves buoyed by an eye-catching summer outlay on new players.
Manchester City side are 4/6 to win a fifth Premier League title in six years, and new boy Erling Haaland is the 9/2 favourite to finish the season as the top goalscorer. Mohamed Salah, meanwhile, is available for a best price 5/1 after confirming his intention to stay at Anfield.
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