Chelsea and Liverpool are fighting, Man United are struggling: the first 8 Premier League matches are planned
Premier League 2022/23 fixtures have dropped and there are now around seven weeks left to wait for everything to play out. With the transfer window only seven days old, it’s unclear how the teams will line up, but already the test that the new season will provide is there.
Chelsea, after the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, and the looming prospect of Romelu Lukaku once again leaving Stamford Bridge, should be rebuilt under new owners rather than seek the final piece of the jigsaw. The Blues are set for a huge task this summer to simply get back to where they were 12 months ago before a title push could be considered.
With the World Cup in November and December, the Premier League is gearing up for an unprecedented season, and those who can best prepare for the ups and downs of fixtures, and a truncated pre-season will be rewarded. Thomas Tuchel’s side saw eight opening matches which included Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City 12 months ago but enjoyed a lightning start to the season with a loss to Pep Guardiola’s men proving their only defeat in 14 matches. They will have to find a similar form in 2022/23.
READ MORE: Chelsea match oddity leaves Thomas Tuchel uncomplicated at Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal
Chelsea’s Premier League fixtures until the September international break include Everton (a), Tottenham Hotspur (h), Leeds United (a), Leicester City (h), Southampton (a), West Ham United (h) , Fulham (a) and Liverpool (h). It is certainly no easy task to accomplish, with the Toffees proving a tough foe for the Blues in recent seasons, Spurs seeking a whole new prospect under Antonio Conte and Liverpool ready to be more competitive than ever.
It’s undeniable that there are a number of tough fixtures in this opening spell, and provided the Blues can strengthen, they’ll be ready to draw with Liverpool again. Otherwise, it’s hard to think that Tuchel won’t go for the three points on every other occasion, but his side will be tested and looking to take advantage of the home games against the top six teams. However, given the gaps that each team plays with, eight games won’t tell the story of a season.
football.london attempted to predict how the first eight matches would play out across the league. Check out the results below:
3.Manchester City 22
5. Tottenham 17
6.Manchester United 15
7.West Ham 12
8. Newcastle 11
10. Leicester 10
11. Wolves 9
12. Leeds 8
13.Villa Aston 7
15. Crystal Palace 5
16. Southampton 5
17. Brentford 5
18. Everton 4
19. Bournemouth 4
20. Nottingham Forest 2
Try our predictor above and share what you predict with @Football_LDN and @scott_trotter on Twitter.