The 2022/23 English Premier League Season schedule has been officially announced. The first game is set to kick off on Friday 5th of August 8pm BST, with Crystal Palace hosting Arsenal at Selhurst Park Stadium.
Before we make any predictions or comments for the upcoming season, we need to reflect on the previous campaign. After all, studying the 2021-22 season will only increase your chances of making some successful wagers in the coming year.
This is how the top six shaped up in the Premier League table last year.
As we know, Man City and Liverpool were in a league of their own last season and although they finished just a point apart, the Merseyside runners up were 18 points clear of Chelsea in 3rd place.
Will we see a repeat of last year, with a gulf between the top two and the rest of the league? Or will the chasing pack manage to close the gap? Either way, we'll happily welcome another title race with the same shock and awe.
The Cityzens clinched the silverware in the final game of the year, soaring back from a 2-0 deficit against Aston Villa to win 3-2 and put tears in the eyes of every Liverpool fan that was sure they'd secured the title. Any football fanatic would welcome another season finisher like that with open arms.
2022/23 Premier League Week 1 Fixtures
Let's turn our focus to the new season, with some great match-ups listed for the opening week.
The title defenders are set to play West Ham in their first game, which should see them safely add 3 points to their tally, right off the bat. We should also see a first appearance on Premier League soil for City's latest superstar signing, Erling Haaland, who is set to have a huge impact on the EPL after netting almost a goal a game for Borussia Dortmund.
2021/22 runner's up, Liverpool, should also start strong with their match-up against Fulham at Craven Cottage in Week 1. We'll also see a new face for the Merseyside team, in the form of their biggest signing this year - new striker Darwin Nunez. Nunez should bolster their offensive prowess which is in need of new blood after the loss of Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich.
Newly promoted Bournemouth won't be quaking in their boots the first week back in the big league, with Game 1 vs 21/22 14th place finishers, Aston Villa. Although, they may have good reason to be on edge for the following few weeks, with match-ups against Man City, Arsenal and Liverpool for three of their first four games.
Season Odds and Predictions
After Man City's title win last year, they sit comfortably atop the odds as league favourites for this season. Liverpool seem to be the only competitors by the expert standards, putting them in a close second place to take the trophy while Chelsea sits in third with a very payout if they land the title win.
It seems the bookmakers believe we're in for a repeat of last season's drama with another red vs blue showdown, and with it all coming down to the final game last year, we won't complain if we see some similar action.
City have won their first consecutive titles since 2017 - could they be in for a triple back-to-back victory? The odds suggest that could be the most likely outcome, but a league continually dominated by one team is not what any fan wants to see (except the Cityzens of course).
Seemingly this season's underdogs, newly promoted team Bournemouth sit at the bottom of the odds. They'll surely be aiming to prove the doubters wrong in this year's campaign, but their first month of games doesn't promise the easiest reintroduction to the league.
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