Premier League fixtures: A club-by-club guide to the 2022/23 fixture list

The Premier League fixtures for the 2022/23 season have been announced and our top flight clubs now have an end goal to their summer preparations in sight.

By August 5, we should be a little wiser as to whether Manchester City can defend their title, whether Manchester United can finally mount some competition, whether the likes of Nottingham Forest, Fulham and Bournemouth can survive, and so on.

One thing’s for certain, it’s going to be as interesting as ever.

In this detailed guide, Charlie Gregory goes through every club’s opening weekend fixtures, while also highlighting the key months in their full season schedule.


Arsenal

The Premier League season starts with one fixture on Friday August 5 as Arsenal travel across London to face Crystal Palace and their former player, Patrick Vieira.

The Eagles took four points off Arteta’s side last season – including a 3-0 drubbing at Selhurst Park in April – so The Gunners have a stern test to start their quest for a return of Champions League football.

If Arsenal are to secure a first top four finish since 2016, the month of April will be pivotal with trips to Liverpool, West Ham and Manchester City all featuring, with the visit of rivals Chelsea finishing off the month.

First game: Crystal Palace (a)

Boxing Day: West Ham (h)

New Year (January 2): Newcastle United (h)

Last game: Wolves (h)


Aston Villa

After an underwhelming 2021/22 season, Villa will look to right the wrongs of campaigns past and have started preparations well with the additions of Boubacar Kamara on a free and the permanent signing of Philippe Coutinho.

Steven Gerrard’s side will travel to the south coast on the opening weekend of the season as they face newly-promoted Bournemouth.

A notable period in the Villains’ season is after Christmas, with Liverpool, Tottenham and Midland rivals Wolves all in the pipeline within seven days.

That aforementioned trio will have to be navigated again in May with a trip to Molineux and Anfield either side of a visit from Spurs teeing up a season finale at home to Brighton.

First game: Bournemouth (a)

Boxing Day: Liverpool (h)

New Year (January 2): Wolves (h)

Last game: Brighton (h)


Bournemouth

As mentioned in the previous club’s guide, Bournemouth will host Aston Villa at the Vitality Stadium on the opening weekend of the season.

The Cherries ended their two-season hiatus from the Premier League with automatic promotion last season, and Scott Parker has now been tasked with emulating Eddie Howe’s five-year stay in the top flight.

The size of that task cannot be understated, especially considering a tough August that lies ahead – trips to Manchester City and Liverpool either side of the visit of Arsenal mean that patience may be key for Parker and his side.

First game: Aston Villa (h)

Boxing Day: Chelsea (a)

New Year (January 2): Manchester United (a)

Last game: Everton (a)


Brentford

Brentford secured an impressive 13th-place finish to mark their first ever season in the Premier League.

However, Thomas Frank’s side now have an even larger task to ensure they don’t follow the likes of Huddersfield Town and Sheffield United and their cases of second-season syndrome.

The Bees have to navigate a trip to Leicester and the visit of Manchester United up first, while a tricky Christmas period will see the visit of Spurs and Liverpool on Boxing Day and January 2 respectively.

If Brentford are to survive again, it appears they may need to wrap up their Premier League status before May, with trips to Liverpool and Spurs and the visit of West Ham and Man City providing a tough climax to the 22/23 campaign.

First game: Leicester (a)

Boxing Day: Spurs (h)

New Year (January 2): Liverpool (h)

Last game: Man City (h)


Brighton

It feels like Brighton are at a crossroads this summer. After a highest ever Premier League points tally and league finish, Graham Potter’s star assets are starting to be poached.

With Yves Bissouma on course for a move to Spurs and Manchester City interested in Marc Cucurella, The Seagulls will have to reinvest to fill the lofty voids left by their prospective exits.

In terms of the fixture list, there’s a lot of travelling for the Brighton faithful on the key dates with Potter’s posse hoping to spoil Erik Ten Haag’s Old Trafford introduction on the opening weekend.

October appears to be a crucial month for whether they can replicate or build upon last season’s ninth-placed finish with Liverpool, Spurs, Manchester City and Chelsea all faced.

First game: Manchester United (a)

Boxing Day: Southampton (a)

New Year (January 2): Everton (a)

Last game: Aston Villa (a)


Chelsea

Now having gone five seasons without winning a Premier League title, this is Chelsea’s driest spell in the top-flight since 1999-2004.

And, with Thomas Tuchel now heading into his second full season in charge, the focus will be on closing the gap to Manchester City and Liverpool.

In fact, the Blues’ record against the top four in 2021/22 was impressive, only suffering two defeats (both to Pep Guardiola’s champions).

Chelsea took a point off Liverpool both home and away and did the double over Tottenham, yet a tally of 11 draws proved costly in their quest to challenge the two front-runners.

If Tuchel’s side are to mount a serious challenge, they must start the campaign strongly and be in contention come January – a month where Man City head to Stamford Bridge and a trip to Anfield soon follows.

First game: Everton (a)

Boxing Day: Bournemouth (h)

New Year (January 2): Manchester City (h)

Last game: Newcastle (h)


Crystal Palace

It’s a tough opening month for Crystal Palace with Arsenal making the trip across London to Selhurst Park for the opening game of the Premier League season.

And after the visit of Mikel Arteta’s side, The Eagles travel to face both Liverpool and Manchester City in a daunting August.

However, after navigating their way past Chelsea on October 1, Palace have nine fixtures in a row against sides who finished outside the top six prior to the visit of Spurs on January 2.

Despite the winter World Cup in Qatar, the months of October, November and December could be crucial for the club’s continued progress under Patrick Vieira.

First game: Arsenal (h)

Boxing Day: Fulham (h)

New Year (January 2): Tottenham (h)

Last game: Nottingham Forest (h)


Everton

After narrowly avoiding what would have been a first relegation to the second tier since 1951, Everton will surely have a newfound appreciation for a Premier League status they’ve once taken for granted.

On the opening weekend, Frank Lampard hosts his former side Chelsea at Goodison Park for the second time in three months – their 1-0 victory back in May a crucial result that sent The Toffees on their way to securing survival.

It’s a tough start to the season with four of last season’s top seven up in the first two months, including the Merseyside derby at Goodison on September 3.

However, apart from the end of March to the start of April where Everton face Chelsea (a), Tottenham (h) and Manchester United (a) consecutively, Everton have a nice spread of fixtures and don’t have too many daunting runs of games, as it stands.

First game: Chelsea (h)

Boxing Day: Wolves (h)

New Year (January 2): Brighton (h)

Last game: Bournemouth (h)


Fulham

Apologies Fulham fans, but inevitably the talking point surrounding your club is whether the club can survive in the Premier League again and defy recent history.

Despite being a mainstay in the top flight for 13 seasons between 2001 and 2014, The Cottagers have yo-yoed between the top two tiers for five consecutive seasons, relegated at the first time of asking in their two most recent campaigns in the promised land.

So, has the fixture list been kind to Marco Silva and his side? Well, no and yes.

Although Liverpool are up first at Craven Cottage, Fulham only face two other sides from last year’s top four in their opening 14 games.

Also, a typically tricky Christmas break has been generous with Palace (a), Southampton (h) and Leicester (a) scheduled for that seven day period from Boxing Day to the New Year’s fixtures.

If Fulham can build up some post Christmas momentum, they could be on course to finally break their Premier League hoodoo.

First game: Liverpool (h)

Boxing Day: Crystal Palace (a)

New Year (January 2): Leicester City (a)

Last game: Manchester United (h)


Leeds United

It went right down to the wire for Leeds United last season as they narrowly avoided relegation to the Championship at the expense of Burnley.

And for Jesse Marsch and his side, they’ll be hoping that a repeat is not on the cards this campaign, especially given the rotten fixtures they’ve been handed for May.

With Manchester City (a), a resurgent Newcastle (h), West Ham (a) and Tottenham (h), Leeds desperately need to have their Premier League status wrapped up prior to the final month.

And, in fairness, they have a decent chance if the fixture list is anything to go off. They’ve been given a fairly generous start on paper, with only one of last season’s top four faced in the first 13 league games.

If they’re sitting comfortably after that period, they should have the platform to stay up.

First game: Wolves (h)

Boxing Day: Manchester City (h)

New Year (January 2): West Ham (h)

Last game: Tottenham (h)


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Leicester

After two consecutive fifth-placed finishes and an FA Cup win, Leicester fell below expectations last season as they crashed out the Europa League at the group stages and struggled for consistency in the Premier League.

However, despite sitting as low as 14th by early May, a four-game unbeaten run to end the campaign lifted the Foxes up to a respectable eighth spot.

For Rodgers and his men though, a push back into European contention will be their aim.

Trips to the Emirates and Stamford Bridge as well as the visit of Manchester United mean that August could be a problematic month, but a run of positive results could be a big statement to start the season.

First game: Brentford (h)

Boxing Day: Newcastle (h)

New Year (January 2): Fulham (h)

Last game: West Ham (h)


Liverpool

After coming agonisingly close to a quadruple, it will be interesting to see how Liverpool respond to their Champions League and title race heartbreak.

And with the Sadio Mane and Mo Salah contract sagas dragging on, it’s not the ideal preparation to launching an attack on Manchester City’s title defence.

However, the fixture list has been kind to Liverpool, with none of last season’s top four appearing in their opening seven games.

The key month looks set to be April with six fixtures forecast, which includes clashes with Manchester City (a), Arsenal (h), West Ham (a) and Tottenham (h), and it could set up another grandstand finish.

First game: Fulham (a)

Boxing Day: Aston Villa (a)

New Year (January 2): Brentford (a)

Last game: Southampton (a)


Manchester City

With the acquisitions of Erling Haaland and the intriguing Julian Alvarez, Pep Guardiola has added firepower to a side already laden with creativity and flair.

Understandably, City head into the new season as favourites as they set their sights on a fifth title in six seasons.

But, could Guardiola’s desire for bringing Champions League glory back to Manchester hinder their domestic campaign?

West Ham, Bournemouth, Newcastle, Palace, Forest and Villa stand in their way in the opening six games of the season, which means the tougher opposition is withheld until later in the year.

October could provide a banana skin for City with the likes Manchester United (h), Liverpool (a), Arsenal (a) and Leicester (a) and three Champions League group games all scheduled.

Navigate that period though, and you’d have to expect Guardiola’s side will be in the driving seat yet again. Easier said than done.

First game: West Ham (a)

Boxing Day: Leeds (a)

New Year (January 2): Chelsea (a)

Last game: Brentford (a)


Manchester United

Ah, Manchester United. Every single season, they seem more and more like an unknown identity.

Despite a complete and utter car crash of a campaign last year though, the red side of Manchester has been given a lifeline and a renewed sense of hope after the appointment of Erik Ten Hag.

After years of disappointment, the Dutchman will surely be given time and warrant patience from both the board and the fanbase to implement his philosophies onto a club that has been so absent of direction and purpose for seasons.

The Premier League have gifted him a relatively generous welcome to English football, with a home game versus Brighton up first – a side who could be without the influential Yves Bissouma and Marc Cucurella depending on their potential moves away.

The visit of Liverpool arrives with the third game of the season, but United will then wait until October until next facing a side from last year’s top four – a trip across the city to their noisy neighbours at the Etihad.

In terms of run-ins though, the Red Devils have been relatively fortunate with Villa (h), West Ham (a), Wolves (h), Bournemouth (a) and Fulham (h) scheduled to end the season.

Those final five games could be perfect to consolidate a spot in the top four, if United can get themselves within contention.

First game: Brighton (h)

Boxing Day: Nottingham Forest (h)

New Year (January 2): Bournemouth (h)

Last game: Fulham (h)


Newcastle United

Remarkably, only Liverpool (51) and Manchester City (40) won more points than Newcastle United (38) in 2022.

The transformation under Eddie Howe has to be applauded and if The Magpies can repeat the success of the January window in the summer, they could be a force to be reckoned with and potentially European football candidates.

The fixture list has handed Howe’s side some intriguing early tests with unknown entity Nottingham Forest up first at St. James’ Park before clashes with Manchester City (h) and Liverpool (a) concluding August.

We’ll certainly have a clearer idea – for better or worse – on what Newcastle’s credentials are next season after that opening month.

First game: Nottingham Forest (h)

Boxing Day: Leicester (a)

New Year (January 2): Arsenal (a)

Last game: Chelsea (a)


Nottingham Forest

And that moves us nicely onto Nottingham Forest, opponents of Newcastle United on the opening day of the season.

Inevitably, Forest come up to the Premier League as an unknown, especially given the fact that this is their first time in the top flight since 1999 – prize asset Brennan Johnson wasn’t even born at that point.

However, Steve Cooper’s side richly deserve their long-awaited return and head into the division as the Championship’s strongest outfit in 2022.

That momentum, as well as the fact that Cooper now has his first summer to add his players, Forest are not a side to be sniffed at.

Trips to face Newcastle, Everton and Manchester City, intertwined with the visit of West Ham and Spurs mean that August offers a bit of a baptism of fire for the Reds.

Back-to-back games versus Manchester United and Chelsea over Christmas is unforgiving too, but an intriguing start to 2023 with trips to Southampton, Bournemouth and Fulham could be pivotal in their bid for survival.

First game: Newcastle (a)

Boxing Day: Manchester United (a)

New Year (January 2): Southampton (a)

Last game: Crystal Palace (a)


Southampton

Southampton endured a dismal end to their 2021/22 campaign with nine losses in their final 12 games seeing Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side fall from ninth to 15th spot.

With the Saints on a downward curve and losing figurehead Armando Broja back to Chelsea, 2022/23 could be a long season.

The fixture list has not been kind either, with Tottenham (a), Leicester (a), Manchester United (h) and Chelsea (h) up in their opening five games in August.

However, Southampton avoid any of last season’s top four in the first seven games after Christmas prior to the visit of Chelsea on February 18.

That period could be make or break for Hasenhüttl’s side and their survival credentials.

First game: Tottenham (a)

Boxing Day: Brighton (h)

New Year (January 2): Nottingham Forest (h)

Last game: Liverpool (h)


Tottenham Hotspur

Since Antonio Conte’s appointment back in November, only Liverpool (73) and Manchester City (70) have won more points in the Premier League than Tottenham Hotspur (56).

There’s plenty of encouragement for Spurs at the moment, especially considering they pipped North London rivals Arsenal to a Champions League spot and with both Conte and Kane seemingly committing their futures to the club.

A big catalyst to last season’s success was an impressive January transfer window – both Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski making an immediate impact.

With Conte having a full summer to build a squad in his image – Ivan Perisic and Fraser Forster have already been recruited on free transfers – Spurs could be a dark horse next season.

And the fixtures are generous, on paper. They face Chelsea (a) and West Ham (a) in August, but they’re the only major challenges in August.

Christmas is also kind with Brentford (h), Villa (a) and Crystal Palace (a) up in that typically treacherous seven-day window from Boxing Day to New Year.

As for the conclusion of the season, Crystal Palace (h), Brentford (a), Villa (h) and Leeds (a) is a lot more welcoming than other sides’ run-ins. It could be a good year for The Lilywhites.

First game: Southampton (a)

Boxing Day: Brentford (h)

New Year (January 2): Crystal Palace (a)

Last game: Leeds United (a)


West Ham United

Every season seems like a big year for West Ham, but none more so than the 2022/23 campaign as The Hammers again embark on another European adventure.

But with Manchester United rebuilding, Arsenal looking to right last season’s wrongs, Leicester on their way back and an in-form Newcastle looking to spoil the party, David Moyes’ side will have a number of challengers for their top seven spot.

It can’t get too much tougher than the visit of Pep Guardiola’s champions, yet London rivals Tottenham (h) and Chelsea (a) will both be lying in wait soon after.

February could be a problematic month with Newcastle (a), Chelsea (h) and Tottenham (a) scheduled for successive weeks.

That period could be telling for whether West Ham can enjoy another season of steady progress.

First game: Manchester City (h)

Boxing Day: Arsenal (a)

New Year (January 2): Leeds United (a)

Last game: Leicester City (a)


Wolves

Nine losses from their last 14 games saw Wolves’ European aspirations grind to a disappointing halt.

Bruno Lage’s first campaign in charge showed some glimpses of brilliance and hope for a brighter post-Nuno era, but a downward curve to end the season has brought the fanbase back down to reality.

A crucial summer for the Black Country outfit is already underway with key figures Romain Saiss and John Ruddy departing, with Ruben Neves, Raul Jimenez and Willy Boly amongst others also potentially following.

So, if Wolves have another underwhelming window, could they be in trouble? The fixture list makes it hard to predict.

Again they’re set to face Liverpool and Manchester City in consecutive matches for the third and fourth time in four years – yes, they’re due to play them back-to-back in September and January/February.

A Midlands derby versus Villa (h) and trips to face Manchester United and Arsenal end the season in a tricky May, so Wolves must try to have their fate sealed – whatever that may be – before the season’s potentially hazardous run-in.

First game: Leeds United (a)

Boxing Day: Everton (a)

New Year (January 2): Aston Villa (a)

Last game: Arsenal (a)


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