5 Key Things to Know About 2022/23 Premier League Season as Fixtures Are Announced

5 Key Things to Know About 2022/23 Premier League Season as Fixtures Are Announced

Rene Otinga
  • The Premier League released the fixture calendar for the 2022/2023 season on Thursday, June 16
  • There are some exciting games on the horizon, and Arsenal will kick off the new season with a game against Crystal Palace
  • Sports Brief takes a look at some important dates, as well as the key talking points ahead of the new campaign, which is seven weeks away

With the Premier League fixture scheduled released, fans and players can now look forward to an exciting Premier League season in seven weeks’ time.

Manchester City secured the Premier League title last season for the second year in a row, and they are expected to be neck to neck with Liverpool in the coming campaign as well.

Typically, the traditional ‘Big Six’ are expected to fight for the title, but that always seems to change as the season wears on.

Regardless, fans can look forward to another exciting season, albeit with a number of unique changes:

1. Six-week break

In order to accommodate the 2022 World Cup, the Premier League campaign will have to take a break of more than six weeks.

FIFA has stipulated that players must be released for international duty by November 14, meaning the mid-season break will last a little longer than six weeks.

The spectacle will take place from November 21 to December 18.

2. First clash of the titans

Based on how the competition has gone in recent seasons, it is safe to say Liverpool and Man City are the big guns in the league.

The two clubs will meet in the Community Shield, before the start of the campaign, but more significantly, their first true clash will happen on October 15.

3. Number of fixtures before the mid-season break

The league campaign is set to start a week early to accommodate the World Cup break.

Between the start of the season and the time players break for the World Cup, there will be a total of 16 matchdays before the break.

4. All matchday 1 fixtures

Ahead of the new season, fans can look forward to the following matches on the first weekend:

Friday, August 5

Crystal Palace v Arsenal (20:00 BST)

Saturday, August 6

Fulham v Liverpool (12:30)

Bournemouth v Aston Villa (15:00)

Leeds United v Wolverhampton (15:00)

Leicester City v Brentford (15:00)

Newcastle United v Nottingham Forest (15:00)

Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton (15:00)

Everton v Chelsea (17:30)

Sunday, August 7

Manchester United v Brighton (14:00)

West Ham United v Manchester City (16:30)

* British Summer Time (BST)

5. No Big Six meetings on November 12-13

As reported by BBC, the FA had a request granted, and there will thus be no clashes between the traditional “Big Six” sides, presumably because of the intensity of those games.

Nightmare run for Jurgen Klopp

Sports Brief also reported of how Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been handed his worst nightmare after the English Premier League fixtures were released on Thursday, June 15.

Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City will all feature in the Champions League following dates: September 7/6, September 13/14, October 4/5, October 11/12, October 25/26 and November 1/2.

The managers will now be mapping out their plans on how best to use their available players as the schedule is piled up than usual due to the six-week winter break for the World Cup.