Top 10+ Biggest Matches to Watch in the Premier League 2022-2023
|Biggest Matches to Watch in the Premier League 2022-2023
The Premier League’s full fixture list for the 2022-23 season has been released.
The big clubs in the Premier League 2022-2023 are spending heavily on the transfer market, promising the race to the championship title is very attractive. On that journey, fans are interested in the biggest matches that can affect the championship race.
Here are 10 plus of the most memorable dates coming up in 2022-23 Premier League. Remember, aside from the opening weekend, kick-off dates and times will not be confirmed for these games until broadcasters have made their selection.
1.Manchester United vs Liverpool (GameWeek 3 - August 20) and Liverpool vs Manchester United (March 4)
|Harry Maguire will be hoping for more watertight performances this season. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Liverpool-Manchester United key dates:
August 20: Manchester United vs Liverpool
March 4: Liverpool vs Manchester United
Gameweek 3 features an English derby between Manchester United and Liverpool. Man United lost 0-5 to Liverpool last season, but with the appearance of Erik ten Hag in the director's chair, "Red Devils" are determined to reclaim the debt. This is also a test of the Dutch strategist's ability.
Like Man City, the Reds also did the double over United in the previous campaign, winning with an emphatic aggregate score of 9-0.
Klopp’s team produced their biggest ever win at Old Trafford at 5-0 before also winning 4-0 at Anfield, both times taking their foot off the gas for periods of the game.
Ten Hag faces a quick baptism of fire in Manchester as he prepares his team to face the Reds in just his third game in charge, though the bar cannot be any lower for him to get over.
2.Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur (GameWeek 7 - September 10)
The first big challenge for Pep Guardiola and his students is the reception of Tottenham in round 7. Man City have reason to worry, when Spurs sowed them sorrow in both matches last season, including the victory. Emotional 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium with a double from Harry Kane. Man City do not want to continue to stumble in front of representatives from North London.
3.Liverpool vs Manchester City (GameWeek 11 - October 15)
|Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola prepare for a thrilling race next season
Manchester City and Liverpool produced a spectacular title race last season which went down to the final day.
Both big clubs have already shown their intent ahead of the new season with two new major arrivals.
Man City triggered the release clause of Erling Haaland whilst the Reds have forked out €100 million for Darwin Núñez, both of whom come into the season with high expectations on their shoulders.
With both teams having strengthened, another epic Manchester City-Liverpool title race is expected.
Now, football fans have to wait 2 months to witness the "modern classic" battle, when Man City is a guest at Anfield in round 11.
The confrontation with Liverpool also contributed to a very tense October for Man City, when they also had matches against Man United and Arsenal.
4.Chelsea vs Manchester City (GameWeek 19 - January 2)
After a 1-month hiatus by the World Cup, EPL will return with a packed schedule. Chelsea's trip to Stamford Bridge is the third match in 7 days for The Citizens, also a test of squad depth with Man City.
5.The Biggest Derby - Manchester City vs Manchester United (October 1) and Manchester United vs Manchester City (GameWeek 20 - January 14)
Manchester derby key dates:
October 1: Manchester City vs Manchester United
January 14: Manchester United vs Manchester City.
Last season, however, Man City managed to complete the double over their rivals, and with that took the bragging rights for the Man City once more.
Manchester City finished a staggering 35 points clear of Manchester United last season, with the Red Devils having a torrid campaign on all fronts.
After an intense match against Chelsea, Man City will have a Manchester derby at Old Trafford. Man United may not be as weak as last season with the arrival of Ten Hag, but Pep Guardiola and his students certainly still aim for 3 points.
The Red Devils will be bidding to at least return back into the top four following a sixth-place finish last term.
6.Liverpool vs Chelsea (GameWeek 21 - January 21)
|Liverpool and Chelsea drew in both legs in the EPL last season
Klopp's team only had difficulty in welcoming Chelsea at home in round 21. Liverpool drew both matches against the Blues last season, so they know that, 3 points in this match will be a significant boost if Man City stumbles this month.
7.Manchester City vs Liverpool (GameWeek 29 - April 1)
Liverpool and Man City once again face each other in one of the most watched matches of EPL 2022-23. Draw 2-2 at Etihad last season, this season, Man City will look to retain 3 points at home.
8.Manchester City vs Arsenal (GameWeek 33 - April 26)
While Liverpool have a difficult trip to West Ham, Man City welcomes Arsenal. Not wanting to lose points in the final rounds, can Guardiola's former assistant Mikel Arteta make it difficult for Man City in their championship ambitions?
9.Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur (GameWeek 34 - April 29)
Just a few days after the match against West Ham, Klopp's men face another challenge, Tottenham. Klopp's side will try to avoid defeat like at the end of last season. Can this match decide to win the Premier League?
10.Manchester City vs Chelsea (GameWeek 37 - May 20)
Before the trip to Brentford Stadium on the closing day, Man City welcomes Chelsea at home. A slip will cost both of them dearly in the sprint of the season.
11.The North London Derby
North London derby key dates:
October 1: Arsenal vs Tottenham
January 14: Tottenham vs Arsenal
Not that the north London needed any extra spice, but last season’s finish will have only further fueled tensions between the two clubs.
Tottenham Hotspur just pipped Arsenal to 4th place following a win in the north London derby with three games remaining.
Spurs won 3-0 to close the gap on Arsenal to just a point before the Gunners lost again to Newcastle, taking fourth out of their hands.
Now, Mikel Arteta’s side will be out for revenge and looking to finally return to the Champions League places.
Meanwhile, Spurs will be hoping to kick on under Antonio Conte as they look to fully back the Italian in the transfer market, and earn what they will feel is some long overdue silverware.
12.The Merseyside Derby
The Toffees will be wanting that to change.
September 3: Everton vs Liverpool
February 11: Liverpool vs Everton
Another of the Premier League’s intense rivalries will see the two clubs from Mesryside go head to head.
Last season nearly saw this fixture not included on next term’s schedule with Everton just about avoiding relegation on the penultimate day of the season, courtesy of a 3-2 win over Crystal Palace at a rampant Goodison Park.
Frank Lampard will be looking to steer well clear of a relegation battle this time around as he starts with a clean slate, however.
But he will need to improve the Toffees’ record in this fixture.
Everton lost both games against Liverpool last season, losing 4-1 at Goodison and then 2-0 at Anfield, and while it remains a derby, there is an air of inevitability about the result.
Top 10 most intriguing dates for 2022/23 Premier League
1. August 5: Arsenal's tough opening night
Like a London cabbie, Arsenal are extremely reluctant when it comes to making journeys south of the river. No wonder, Selhurst Park is littered with the bones of seasons gone by for Arteta and his predecessors, most notably two 3-0 losses in the last five years, both in the sort of raucous night games that they will face on the opening day of 2022-23. Palace seem to approach their biggest games without fear, and all too often the Gunners are quite the opposite. This could be another grueling night for those travelling from north London.
2. August 13: Top flight football returns to the City Ground
It is something of a shame that Nottingham Forest begin their season away to Newcastle, but when their supporters have been waiting 23 years for top flight football at the City Ground, what difference does another seven days make? Life in the Premier League will not be easy for Steve Cooper's side, who will be facing another likely top-half team in West Ham United before clashes with Everton, Tottenham and Manchester City round out August.
3. August 20: Ten Hag's first marquee match
The fixture list has not been kind on Manchester United's new manager. Whilst Erik ten Hag tries to drill a cohesive strategy and identity into a club whose overarching philosophy over the last decade-plus seems to have been "any engagement is good engagement," he will be coming up against teams who go into this season knowing exactly what they are doing. Brighton and Brentford will give no quarter to United early on, but it is against Liverpool in his third league game that snap judgements will really be made.
4. September 10: The tests keep coming for Antonio Conte
Tottenham's rapid business in the transfer market so far this summer will be welcomed by Antonio Conte, even if he does give the air of a man who would not be entirely happy if Daniel Levy procured Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland and Trent Alexander-Arnold for him. Spurs will need as much quality as they can muster early on for what is a trying fixture list that pits them against Chelsea, West Ham and Manchester City in their first six games.
5. October 19: Last chance saloon for England hopefuls
Gareth Southgate is yet to confirm the date on which he will name his England squad, but it is expected to be around October 20. The night before, then, might be too late for those on the fringes but Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford will hope that is not the case. Both seemed to be the subject of a coded warning from the Three Lions manager, who noted there was a lot for players at Manchester United to do if they are to earn their spot in Qatar.
6. November 12: A day for upsets?
What impact will the looming mid-season World Cup have on the last weeks of the Premier League before its winter break? Past evidence suggests that those players who know they are bound for the tournament do not exactly slow down in the months of April and May but there is of course an obvious explanation for this: be it a relegation battle or a title charge, there is plenty at stake for their clubs before they even think about the summer tournament. This time around, with half a season still to follow Qatar, the pressure will naturally not feel so intense.
7. December 26: Back with a bang
Eight days after lifting the trophy high into the Lusail Iconic Stadium night, Harry Kane will be back at it at the Brentford Community Stadium. What? A man can dream, no? Whoever it is that celebrates Christmas as world champions, we can rest assured that those players returning to the Premier League will be in for another round of the threshing machine that is the English festive schedule.
8. February 4: Newcastle to Rise
Newcastle may well prove to be the most intriguing team to follow throughout this season.
Manchester City have shown that once a team with unlimited wealth get to the top they are nigh on impossible to dislodge, but it took them several years to get there after being bought in 2008. The field is even more crowded now. What might be progress for Newcastle in the first full season post takeover, instead, is to be at or around the level of their opponents in this particular game, West Ham United. Well run, wealthy clubs with strong squads that sit just outside the top six should be Newcastle's goal for 2022-23. This game will offer a sense as to whether they are achieving it.
9. April 1: The title decider
When Manchester City and Liverpool met on April 10 last season both managers were insistent that the result would not dictate the course of the title race. With seven games to go afterwards there were too many opportunities for further dropped points, they reasoned. In reality they would each drop just two in their remaining league games; the 2-2 draw they shared did not quite decide the title race but a win would have if the subsequent results had remained the same.
Such are the heights that these two are scaling it may well be that this game, nearly two months before the season reaches its conclusions, proves to be the turning point in the title race. Both sides were great last term, and with Darwin Núñez and Haaland added to their attacking armories, they promise to be even better.
10. May 28: Final Matches
The final day already looks to have a few intriguing matchups. If things really go right for Newcastle might there be a battle for European football between them and Chelsea, around whom so much is uncertain this summer, at Stamford Bridge? Will Manchester City and Liverpool's latest title tussle be decided on the playing fields of Brentford and Southampton? It is of course too soon to be sure, but it might that the biggest outstanding matter on the final day is decided at Goodison Park.
Cash-strapped Everton survived last season but if they lose Richarlison, 2022-23 might be no less draining. Newly promoted Bournemouth, meanwhile, look to have a good squad but one that could benefit from a fair degree of strengthening if it is to not get dragged into the relegation battle. The final day of the season rarely provides a straight playoff for survival. This one might.
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