The 2022-23 Premier League season is all set to roll, and whether you’re exploring Premier League predictions or holding a Premier League fantasy draft, the questions are endless.
Can Manchester City win their third consecutive championship? Or could Liverpool or Chelsea lift the Premier League trophy? Which clubs will be relegated from the English top flight? What does the Premier League TV schedule look like?
Let’s dive right in with this guide to the 2022-23 English Premier League season.
Premier League Teams
The Gunners aspire to triumph this year after recently acquiring Gabriel Jesus (£45 million) and Oleksandr Zinchenko (£32 million) from Manchester City. The Brazilian forward and Ukrainian midfielder add character, as well as elite on-field performance, to manager Mikel Arteta’s side.
Arsenal’s last Premier League title came in 2004. With a deeper squad that should be able to execute Arteta’s preferred uptempo attacking style, fans at Emirates Stadium have reason for optimism.
Aston Villa remains a work in progress, but with manager Steven Gerrard entering his first full season with the Premier League club, things are looking up. Locking Philippe Coutinho — a 2018 FIFA World Cup Dream Team member — into a permanent deal through 2026 was the biggest transfer coup.
During the 2021-22 season, an exceptionally positive omen for Villa was scoring 38 goals in 27 games — seventh best in the Premier League — after Gerrard took over in November. Improving on last year’s 14th-place finish is not out of the question.
Newly promoted Bournemouth faces a tough slog from Day One. Likely candidates to finish last in the Premier League, Scott Parker’s men open at home versus Aston Villa (August 6) before confronting the terrifying triple whammy of Man City (August 13), Arsenal (August 20) and Liverpool (August 27).
Ex-West Ham fullback Ryan Fredericks is a crucial acquisition for the Cherries, as they strive to minimize the opposition’s production.
Quirky fact: Brentford is the only Premier League club not to debut a new kit for 2022-23. Promoted to the top flight last season for the first time in 74 years, the West London side are sure to sell more jerseys if they pull off more stunners like the 2-0 upset over Arsenal when they kicked off the 2021-22 season. But that’s no simple task.
Acquired on a free transfer, former Burnley captain Ben Mee brings valuable experience on defense, while longtime Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha, , a Greek-born Albanian, makes his Premier League debut.
Brighton & Hove Albion
Manager Graham Potter aims to take Brighton & Hove Albion to new heights after his squad finished ninth last season, an all-time best. The unquestioned highlight was a 4-0 shellacking of Manchester United on May 7, which ended the Champions League hopes of England’s richest club. This is the sixth consecutive year in the Premier League for Brighton, founded in 1901.
Still-improving keeper Robert Sánchez’s performance will be integral to glory at Farmer Stadium. The 24-year-old played 37 matches during the 2021-22 season, conceding 42 goals in that span.
Chelsea’s fifth and last Premier League title came in 2017, rounding out the glory years with captain John Terry. Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel sounded a cautionary note heading into this season, citing his players’ lack of competitiveness in a 4-0 friendly loss to Arsenal on July 24 in Orlando.
Still, the affluent West London club looks poised to mount a title bid after coming in third during the 2021-22 season. England national Raheem Sterling’s £50 million transfer from Manchester promises to turbocharge the offense at Stamford Bridge. However, seeing elite defender Antonio Rudiger depart for Real Madrid was a blow.
Manager Patrick Vieira’s team comes into the 2022-23 Premier League season off a split-squad tour of Singapore and Australia, looking to build on last year’s 12th-place finish.
Crystal Palace will lean on the offensive skills of Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Zaha, who had a personal-best 14 goals last season. A five-year deal for midfielder Cheick Doucouré — previously with France’s Lens — should help stabilize the club’s defensive situation.
Manager Frank Lampard, a certified Chelsea legend as a player, is facing heat as Everton heads into its first full Premier League season under his command. The classic Liverpool-area club has yet to capture a title of significance in the 21st century. Narrowly avoiding relegation, Everton conceded 66 goals last year, fifth-worst in the English top flight.
Brazilian striker Richarlison’s departure for Tottenham reduces Everton’s ability to strike fear into opposing keepers. A healthy Dominic Calvert-Lewin on the pitch would unquestionably boost the attack, if he sticks around.
Avoiding relegation is about the best that Fulham can aspire to, as it returns to the Premier League for the third time in five seasons.
London’s oldest professional football club (founded in 1879) needs more world-class production from Serbian ace Alexandar Mitrović, who scored a stunning 43 goals in 44 games in the Championship last year. Yet, the odds are stacked against manager Marco Silva’s men, even if Brazilian midfielder Andreas Pereira validates the £10 million Fulham paid to land him from Man U.
Leeds United has seen significant changes via the transfer market. Goodbye, Raphinha (to Barcelona) and Kalvin Phillips (to Manchester City). Hello, Brenden Aaronson (from Red Bull Salzburg) and Tyler Adams (from RB Leipzig). The new additions may pay off, but manager Jesse Marsch’s troops will likely toil again to avoid relegation after posting a 17th-place finish in the 2021-22 season.
Leicester City — coming off a defensively porous campaign in which they conceded 59 goals — has been surprisingly quiet in terms of signing new talent this summer.
The Foxes would love another big year from midfielder James Maddison, who potted 12 goals last season. Seeing an injury-free Jamie Vardy return to the 20-goal plateau would be a godsend. Right now, there’s a certain staleness around the club. It feels like eons since the miraculous 2016 title run.
If there’s one club widely touted to dethrone Man City, surely it’s Liverpool. Winners of both the FA Cup and the League Cup in 2021-22, Jürgen Klopp’s perennial powerhouse, which settled for second place last season, is hungry for better things.
High-priced newcomers Darwin Núñez and Fábio Carvalho augment a potent attack led by Egyptian superstar Mohamed Salah and Dutch captain Virgil van Dijk. It’ll be interesting to monitor how Klopp adjusts to the loss of Sadio Mané (to Bayern Munich). Exciting times await at Anfield, as Liverpool vies to repeat the magic of its 2020 Premier League championship.
Will Manchester City’s golden era continue? With four Premier League titles in five years under legendary manager Pep Guardiola, this elite bunch remains the odds-on favorites.
Naturally, losing veteran stars such as Fernandinho and Raheem Sterling creates challenges. Injuries and COVID-19 recovery have taken a toll on Belgian veteran Kevin De Bruyne, who seeks a bounce-back year. But bringing in 22-year-old phenom Erling Haaland — a potential Golden Boot winner — on a five-year deal has created a surge of anticipation among City fans. The Norwegian totaled a whopping 85 goals in 88 matches with Borussia Dortmund over the last three campaigns.
Goalkeeper Ederson, who recorded a league-leading 21 clean sheets last season, will go for his fourth straight Golden Glove award in 2022-23.
Manchester United had just 58 points in the standings last year; its lowest Premier League total ever. After that nightmarish result, which saw the iconic, ever-popular club finish sixth and drop out of Champions League contention, there’s seemingly nowhere to go but up.
The ongoing uncertainty around Cristiano Ronaldo’s situation hasn’t helped. Nonetheless, the new manager, Erik ten Hag, seems bent on a more disciplined approach. Man U hasn’t been particularly active on the transfers market, but adding Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen — a year removed from his shocking cardiac arrest in Euro play — should help. A return to form from Marcus Rashford, who had just four goals in 25 matches last season, is also anticipated. Watch for United to record a top-four placement.
Another midtable finish for the Magpies — 11th last year — seems a plausible finish. Skepticism about manager Eddie Howe’s ability to implement a solid defensive system has been somewhat allayed. For an entire season, veteran defenders like Kieran Trippier and Matt Targett should provide stabilization. Upgrading the offense further could see Newcastle bust into the top 10.
Do you like to party like it’s 1999? Nottingham Forest is back in the Premier League for the first time since that hallowed year. How long the party will last is in doubt.
The acquisition of Man U backup keeper Dean Henderson on a season-long loan could be a difference-maker. But the Reds, who conquered Huddersfield Town in May’s Championship final, will struggle to avoid relegation despite spending more than £60 million in transfers over the summer.
After a late-season collapse nearly doomed Southampton to relegation, it’ll be challenging for the Saints to dodge a dubious start this time. Daunting August fixtures include the away opener versus Tottenham (August 6) and back-to-back home matches against Manchester United (Aug. 27) and Chelsea (August 30).
Managing Ralph Hasenhüttl can field newly acquired and talented youngsters from Sekou Mara to Gavin Bazunu, but with that comes a learning curve. A lack of scoring punch and questionable defense will likely leave Southampton languishing again.
They say the rich get richer, and Spurs are certainly spending their way to a credible challenge to capture their first Premier League title. (Their previous peak was second place in 2017 after Chelsea). Manager Antonio Conte’s big-ticket acquisitions, from Yves Bissouma to Ivan Perisic to Clement Lenglet, augur big things.
Especially if the noise around the potential departure of England captain Harry Kane settles down, the Spurs have all the assets they need to scare Man City and Liverpool supporters.
West Ham United
It’s been 10 years since the 2012 Summer Olympics were staged in part at West Ham’s now-home, London Stadium. David Moyes didn’t quite pull off a gold-medal performance last year, but the architect of the Hammers’ surprising seventh-place finish has generated justifiable hopes of improvement.
A free-spending summer has seen some significant upgrades for the 2021 Europa League semi-finalists. However, losing defender Nayef Aguerd — acquired from Rennes for £30 million — to pre-season ankle surgery is a gut punch. Towering Italian striker Gianluca Scamacca, obtained from Sassuolo, has the size, skill and speed to burn.
Bringing back South Korean striker Hwang Hee-chan for another season at Molineux Stadium could pay dividends for Wolverhampton. But there’s not much good news here, as lack of scoring will remain a problem. The club, entering its fifth consecutive Premier League season, is considered in jeopardy of going down, and manager Bruno Lage will be closely scrutinized.
Premier League Schedule
With 20 teams, there are a lot of matches to watch. Keep up with the Premier League schedule as well as MLS soccer and futbol from around the globe on DIRECTV.
How To Watch Premier League
DIRECTV customers can watch Premier League matches on NBC and USA Network, starting with the first game on August 5.
Premier League Season Questions
What are the key dates in the 2022-23 Premier League season?
The season starts on August 5, 2022 and ends on May 28, 2023. To accommodate the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, there will be a break between the games played on the weekend of November 12 and 13 and the resumption of the season on December 26.
How will the 2022 FIFA World Cup impact the Premier League?
The English top flight will send a plethora of players to the unusual wintertime FIFA World Cup — the first of its kind — on the Arabian Peninsula’s northeast coast. While fatigue for returning players may be an issue after the World Cup, the nightmare scenario is a star player picking up a severe injury.
Newcastle United fans harken back to Michael Owen’s ruptured knee ligament during a 2-2 England draw with Sweden at the 2006 World Cup. In 2019, Leicester’s Jamie Vardy had an ongoing groin injury after competing for England at the previous year’s World Cup.
Who will lead the Premier League in goals in 2022-23?
Bona fide candidates abound, but your best bets for the Golden Boot include past winners Salah (Liverpool), Kane (Tottenham) and newcomer Haaland (Manchester City).
What is the 2022-23 substitutions rule in the Premier League?
This season, Premier League clubs will be permitted five substitutions, instead of three, during a match. It’s a return to the rules used during the resumption of Premier League play in June and July 2020 during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. It also brings the Premier League in line with other European competitions.
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