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2022/2023 Premier League Kicks Off As Crystal Palace Host Gunners, And Other Fixtures, Predictions

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The English Premier League for 2022/2023 is here again and it begins with Crystal Place hosting Arsenal at Selhurst Park (London). The Premier League is back! Here we have game week 1 fixture, predictions, and everything else you need to know.

Friday 5th August 2022

Crystal Palace v Arsenal(8:00 pm): There’s optimism aplenty at Selhurst Park with Crystal Palace hoping a busy summer’s recruitment can help them build on last season’s 12th place finish in the Premier League (PL). Although Arsenal’s fifth-place finish last term represented progress and justified the faith shown in manager Mikel Arteta, for much of the season they seemed on course for a top-four place, so that will be the minimum target for the North Londoners this term.

Prediction: 1-3

Saturday 6th August 2022

Fulham v Liverpool(12:30 pm): Fulham returns to the Premier League (PL) for the third time in five seasons. Unsurprisingly one of the bookies’ favourites to face the drop once again, Fulham have lost their opening league match the last five times they’ve returned to the top flight. The Reds too have suffered heartfelt departures, with fan favourites Sadio Mané and Divock Origi leaving Anfield. The latter saw his jersey number taken over by big money signing Darwin Núñez, who scored on his competitive debut in Liverpool’s impressive 3-1 Community Shield.

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Prediction: 0-2

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Leeds v Wolves(3:00 pm): Now entering their third successive Premier League (PL) season, Leeds United’s ninth-placed finish under Marcelo Bielsa in 2020/21 seems a distant memory, having survived last season by a hair’s breadth under Jesse Marsch. Despite being touted for potential European qualification during the earlier parts of last season, a run of no clean sheets across the final nine rounds and the longest current winless run of PL sides ahead of the new season (D2, L5) left Wolves clinging on for a top-half finish.

Prediction: 0-1

Tottenham v Southampton(3:00 pm): Tottenham conquered Manchester City in the opening round of the 2021/22 Premier League (PL), only their most pessimistic supporters could have imagined. Southampton were one of four clubs to take points off Tottenham in both 2021/22 PL clashes, but there were few other achievements in a fourth consecutive bottom-half finish under Ralph Hasenhüttl.

Prediction: 2-0

Newcastle v Nottingham Forest(3:00 pm): Despite a fairly quiet summer in the transfer market so far, fans of Newcastle United will feel an unprecedented level of optimism when they raise the curtain on their 2022/23 season at St James’ Park. Visitors on Saturday are PL old-timers and twice European Cup winners Nottingham Forest, after they sealed a memorable return to the top-flight for the first time since 1999 by winning the playoff final. Steve Cooper’s side put together an imposing away run that helped intensify their promotion pus.

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Prediction: 0-1

Bournemouth v Aston Villa(3:00 pm):  two-year hiatus from the top flight, Bournemouth make their Premier League (PL) return with a repeat of their first-ever game in this league, a home encounter with Aston Villa. Steven Gerrard occupies the Villa dugout, and he has a job on his hands to turn things around after only recording wins against now relegated sides across the last 11 PL rounds (D3, L6). Fairly inactive so far in the transfer market, the former Liverpool man knows what it takes to get the better of Parker.

Prediction: 1-1

Everton v Chelsea(5:30 pm): Everton only secured their Premier League (PL) safety in the penultimate game of the previous season, and manager Frank Lampard will be desperate to avoid a repeat of that torrid campaign this time around. Their last two opening day victories – against Crystal Palace and Brighton – both saw the Blues net exactly three goals, which is something Chelsea also managed in their final away league game of the last PL season at Leeds United.

Prediction: 0-3

Sunday 7th August 2022

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Leicester v Brentford(2:00 pm): Fans and pundits alike were marvelling at the success manager Brendan Rodgers, with an FA Cup and Community Shield in the trophy cabinet. Thomas Frank’s visiting men will be attempting to avoid second-season syndrome when they raise the curtain on their 2022/23 campaign. After failing to win away from home in the league for five months between October and March.

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Prediction: 2-1

Manchester  United v Brighton(2:00 pm): Manchester United’s rebuilding job continues under new boss Erik ten Hag, his signings of Lisandro Martínez and Christian Eriksen have been overshadowed by uncertainty surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo’s future. Nevertheless, Brighton manager Graham Potter will lead his side to Old Trafford believing they can make more history after their first top-half PL finish last season.

Prediction: 1-3

Westham vs Manchester City(4:30 pm): West Ham frontline with the addition of Gianluca Scamacca, who netted 16 times in Serie A (SA) last season. The Hammers have never beaten City in the Premier League (PL) at their new home (D2, L4), but after defeating Newcastle 4-2 on opening day last season.

Prediction: 0-4

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