The Premier League is back for another exciting season, kicking off on Friday night with a London derby as Arsenal visit Crystal Palace.
Last season every race – the title, European spots and relegation – was decided on the final day, and will be just as heated in 2022–2023 as they were last season.
With Darwin Nunez joining Manchester City and Erling Haaland joining the Liverpool, both the Reds and champions have fascinating new strikers.
In an effort to catch the champs, both Chelsea and Arsenal have added top players from Man City. Thomas Tuchel‘s Blues have added Raheem Sterling, and Mikel Arteta has added Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko from his old team.
Tottenham Hotspur did the double over Man City last term and have now shown their ambition under Antonio Conte by signing Ivan Perisic, Richarlison and Yves Bissouma, among others.
At Manchester United, new manager Erik ten Hag has shown early signs of getting the best out of Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, while Christian Eriksen has bolstered the squad.
Clubs on the rise?
West Ham United will target European qualification for a third straight season, while Newcastle United could enter the fight after flying up the league in 2021/22 under Eddie Howe.
Similarly, Frank Lampard and Jesse Marsch will be looking forward to a clean slate with Everton and Leeds United respectively after joining a relegation battle midway through last season.
All eyes will be on two-time European champions Nottingham Forest as they make their long-awaited Premier League return after a 23-year absence, while AFC Bournemouth and Fulham will aim for an extended stay in the top flight.
World Cup adds new dimension
This will be a unique season, with the FIFA World Cup taking place halfway through from 21 November to 18 December.
The stars heading to Qatar will aim to hit the ground running in the Premier League and be in peak form for the start of the tournament.
The impact of the four-week competition will then add an extra layer of intrigue and unpredictability to the second half of the domestic campaign when it resumes on Boxing Day.
You won’t want to miss a kick.
Source: Premier League