EPL: Five matches to watch out for as Premier League returns this weekend
The 2022/23 Premier League season gets underway this weekend with the first game on Friday night between Crystal Palace and Arsenal.
Patrick Vieira will mobilize his men against his former club at Selhurst Park on Friday night to start the season.
The weekend’s fixtures begin on Friday and, as previously mentioned, the Gunners will be guests at Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace.
Additional dates for Saturday 6th August and Sunday 7th August are:
Fulham vs Liverpool
AFC Bournemouth vs Aston Villa
Leeds vs Wolves
Newcastle vs Nottingham Forest
Spurs v Southampton
Everton versus Chelsea
Leicester vs Brentford
Man Utd v Brighton
West Ham versus Manchester City
While schedules are subject to change, we’re taking a look at five games to watch out for during the opening weekend of the season.
1. Crystal Palace vs Arsenal:
This game will draw the attention of many supporters of the English top flight, not only because it is the first game of the season but also because Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira is in charge of Crystal Palace. In Vieira’s first season in charge of Palace, they drew 2-2 at the Emirates and beat the Gunners 3-0 at home.
However, Mikel Arteta has added other top stars to his squad, including Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko.
2. Manchester United vs Brighton:
As well as the Crystal Palace vs Arsenal games, viewers will also be keeping an eye on the Everton vs Manchester United clash. Red Devils supporters want to know how far their team has come this season and what playing system my new boss Erik ten Hag has introduced.
The Red Devils finished fifth in the Premier League last season and failed to qualify for the Champions League. This led to a change of manager. Arriving from Ajax, Erik ten Hag has made some changes and rules and the fans can’t wait to see their favorite team get back to winning ways despite not being too active in the transfer market.
3. West United vs Manchester City:
Manchester City begin their title defense against David Moyes’ West Ham United at the weekend. Pep Guardiola’s side narrowly defeated Liverpool to win the league title last season. They added a Norwegian goal machine to their ranks this summer and would be in contention to defend the title. The West Ham clash would be a test of the strength of Pep Guardiola’s side for the new season.
4. Fulham vs Liverpool:
This is another game viewers will want to get into because the Reds ended last season as contenders for the title. Fans will also want to know how the side will fare without one of their key men, Sadio Mane, who joined Bayern Munich this summer. The Reds narrowly lost the title to Manchester City last season and have been warned by pundits they will be in contention for the title again this season. They have included players like Uruguayan striker Darwin Nuñez in their squad. Pep Guardiola’s side defeated Premier League champions City in the Community Shield last weekend.
5. Everton vs. Chelsea:
Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea will start their title challenge away at Everton, a team managed by former star Frank Lampard.
The Toffees under Lampard defeated the Blues 1-0 towards the end of the 2021-22 season and hope to start the season on a good note after avoiding relegation last season. Chelsea have been busy in the transfer window bolstering a team that finished third behind Manchester City and Liverpool. Although Everton have not added any quality signings to their ranks and have let some top stars like Richarlison leave for Tottenham, they will not be an easy nut to crack for the Blues.