When does the Premier League season start? Dates and fixtures for opening weekend

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76 days after Ilkay Gundogan’s goal clinched the Premier League title for Manchester City, the 2022/23 season gets back underway in August.


It’s starting slightly earlier than usual, due to the mid-season pause for the small matter of the 2022 World Cup, hosted by Qatar, and starting in November.

There’s plenty to look out for on the opening weekend, as Forest play their first Premier League match of the 21st century, and new big-money signings look to make an impression. Strikers Gabriel Jesus, Darwin Nunez and Erling Haaland will all be looking to make fast starts for their respective new clubs.

First up, the Sky cameras are in London, where Arsenal legend Patrick Viera welcomes the side he won 3 Premier Leagues with to Selhurst Park, as he begins his second season in charge of Crystal Palace. The 2022/23 Premier League opener will take place under the lights, with an 8pm KO on Friday 5th August.

The Saturday sees 6 Premier League games, starting with last year’s runners-up Liverpool in the lunchtime kick-off (12:30). They travel to newly-promoted Fulham, who will be hoping talisman Aleksandar Mitrović will transfer his record Championship form from last season into the Premier League.

Elsewhere, Scott Parker’s AFC Bournemouth welcome Aston Villa to the South coast, the side who finished one place above the Cherries in 2019/20 to see them relegated on the last day of that season. And the final promoted side Nottingham Forest will play their first Premier League match since 1999 after 21 consecutive seasons in the second tier of English football. Forest travel to Eddie Howe’s Newcastle United at 3pm.

The late kick-off (5.30pm) is showing Frank Lampard’s Everton against Chelsea at Goodison Park. The Toffees recorded a 1-0 win in this fixture in May, on their way to Premier League survival last term, although Thomas Tuchel’s side have added the attacking talent of Raheem Sterling from Champions City in the close season.

Six teams play on the final day of the opening weekend, including holders City. Pep Guardiola’s side face a tricky trip to the London Stadium to take on West Ham, who finished in seventh place last year. Erik Ten Haag will also manage in the Premier League for the first time, as his Manchester United side host Brighton – with May’s 4-0 win over the Red Devils still fresh in their minds.

See the full set of fixtures below.

Friday 5th August, 2022

Crystal Palace v Arsenal (8pm)
Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Premier League

Saturday 6th August, 2022

Fulham v Liverpool (12:30pm)
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AFC Bournemouth v Aston Villa (3pm)

Leeds United v Wolverhampton Wanderers (3pm)

Newcastle United v Nottingham Forest (3pm)

Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton (3pm)

Everton v Chelsea (5.30pm)
Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Premier League

Sunday 7th August, 2022

Leicester City v Brentford (2pm)

Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion (2pm)
Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Premier League

West Ham United v Manchester City (4.30pm)
Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Premier League


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