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Premier League fixtures announced: Here is how the new season kicks-off

Kalvin Phillips

The Premier League fixtures are released for the 2022-2023 season. After an enthralling 2021-2022 season, the Premier League will be back in August as usual. Manchester City’s title win resulted in two titles in a row for a second time for them. However, the next season has a lot in the box for the fans. Three new teams, numerous new signings, and some changed rules. Fulham, Nottingham Forest, and Bournemouth are back in the English top flight. Moreover, star signings in Erling Haaland, Darwin Nunez, and many more will grace the pitch as well. Furthermore, the Premier League will allow 5 substitutions from next season onwards.

On Thursday, all 20 Premier League clubs received their fixtures for the coming season. However, the league will have a 45-day break in November-December as the World Cup takes place then. It will then resume on the Boxing Day with exciting fixtures. Here is how the games have been lined-up by the Premier League.

The curtain-raiser fixtures of Premier League 2022-23

The Premier League commences its new season with fixtures staged on the second weekend of August. However, Arsenal and Crystal Palace lock-horns in an opening day London derby at the Selhurst Park on Friday, August 5. Further fixtures involve Liverpool traveling to newly-promoted Fulham. Champions Manchester City begins their quest for a third title in a row away to West Ham United.

Manchester United kick-off their new era under new boss Erik ten Hag against Brighton and Hove Albion at the Old Trafford. Moreover, they will certainly look for a good start given the tricky run of fixtures ahead in the Premier League. Furthermore, Tottenham Hotspur will take on Southampton away in their first game of the season.

However, the most exciting game of the opening week will see Frank Lampard welcome his former club Chelsea to his new club Everton. The Toffees merely avoided the drop last season but will take inspiration from their last season’s win over the Blues at Goodison Park. In other notable fixtures, Nottingham Forest will contest their first-ever Premier League game since 1998-99. Forest plays Newcastle United away at the Saint James’ Park.

Further on, Saturday will see another new entrant Bournemouth host Aston Villa. Wolves, who narrowly missed out on European football last season face Leeds United away. Brentford after punching above their weight last season traveled to Leicester City.

The first fixture of the ‘big six’ pitches Chelsea against Spurs on the second game-week at. The next game-week gives another crunch fixture of United versus Liverpool. City and Liverpool resume their rivalry as they first face-off in October at Anfield and in April at Etihad Stadium. Meanwhile, other important Premier League fixtures such as the North London derbies are set for October 1 and January 14. While the Merseyside derbies are scheduled for September 3 and February 11. The Premier League however have granted England boss Gareth Southgate’s one special request as well. The ‘big six’ won’t play against each other before the final weekend ahead of the World Cup.

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