The 2022/23 Premier League promotions resume today. Arsenal travel to Selhurst Park to face it in a London derby in their opening game at Crystal Palace.

For the third season in a row, Arsenal kick off their new campaign with a London derby; the Gunners had a 3-0 success at Fulham behind closed doors in 2020, but Brentford came last season with convincing 2-0 winners to side with Arteta in their first-ever Premier League game.

Patrick Vieira’s squad beat the Gunners 3-0 in this match just a few months ago, but Mikel Arteta has worked over a productive summer to close the gaps in his Gunners XI.

Patrick Vieira took four points out of a possible six against his former club last season and pounded the Emirates grounds in frustration as his side conceded two points in a 2-2 draw with Arsenal before witnessing his side outclass the Gunners in April .

Leading the Eagles to 12th place last season and reaching the FA Cup semi-finals, former Invincibles captain Vieira earned a nomination for the season as manager, and optimism is high around Selhurst Park under the Frenchman.

While Conor Gallagher’s return to Chelsea has been a bitter blow, Cheick Doucoure and Malcolm Ebiowei are poised to make their mark in the English capital, and the end of pre-season has been largely positive for Vieira’s side.

The Eagles are entering this game after successive wins over Queens Park Rangers and Montpellier HSC in friendlies, and their only defeats of the exhibition period came at the hands of Liverpool and Manchester United.

Kicking off the season at Selhurst Park is exactly what the doctor ordered for Palace, who went unbeaten in their last six home games last season and remarkably managed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last five – no mean feat with Arsenal, Man United and Manchester City is all on that list.

Fans will soon be able to get a glimpse of what happened at Arsenal during the 2021-22 season when their All Or Nothing Amazon Prime documentary is released, including that unforgettable encounter in Selhurst Park for Mikel Arteta.

While the return to continental competition in the form of the Europa League was a successful season for the Gunners, there was a palpable sense of disappointment after their collapse at the end of the campaign allowed Tottenham Hotspur to dive in and finish fourth. and last Champions League spot.

If Arsenal’s pre-season has anything to offer, however, the Gunners will be a force to be reckoned with in the new season as Chelsea fell victim to a 4-0 defeat to their London rivals in Orlando for a six-goal thump from Seville in the Emirates Cup.

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Gabriel Jesus scored a hat-trick that day and represents one of two big-money Manchester City takeovers this summer, with Oleksandr Zinchenko also reuniting with Arteta in north London, but the Gunners boss has urged fans and players alike not to get carried away. away with the pre-season results.

Fulham vs Liverpool

Liverpool kick off another Premier League season against a newly promoted team as Fulham host the Reds at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp’s men were once again forced to accept second-best last season, while the Cottagers try to avoid a quick relegation to the second tier.

Proving they no longer have the label of a yo-yo team is the ultimate goal for Fulham and Marco Silva this summer, as the Cottagers are determined to extend their final Premier League journey beyond 12 months.

With 90 points and 106 goals – 43 of them by Aleksandar Mitrovic – to boast the 2021-22 championship season, Fulham blew the competition out of the water to return to the big time, although winning just two of their last seven matches took some shine off their trophy.

Already kicking off their 2022-23 season with a well-deserved win over the reigning champions in the Community Shield, Liverpool have also racked up a number of victories off the field, winning the race to sign Darwin Nunez and eventually convincing Mohamed Salah to pen on paper on a new deal until 2025.

As previously suggested, Fulham’s most recent Premier League win was a 1-0 success over Liverpool at Anfield in 2021, and they also kept the Reds level at Craven Cottage that same year, but Liverpool are looking for their fifth opening-day win with at least three goals in a row this weekend.

Bournemouth vs Aston Villa

After a two-year hiatus, newly promoted Bournemouth Aston Villa resumed at Vitality Stadium for their Premier League opener on Saturday.

While the Cherries took second in the championship last season to regain their place in the English elite, Villa had to settle for a mid-table finish after a campaign beset by inconsistency.

A baptism of fire awaits Bournemouth on their return to the thin air of the Premier League, and the pressure is on to at least avoid defeat in their opening game, given a formidable roster for much of this month.

Facing trips to Manchester City and Liverpool soon, as well as a visit from Arsenal, Scott Parker’s side will hope to hit the ground running against Aston Villa, who they also played in the club’s first Premier League game some seven years ago.

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Despite last season’s relative success, many Cherries fans are uneasy about the lack of signings this summer, and pundits are lining up to sentence them to relegation before even a ball is kicked in the 2022-season. 23.

With few new faces on the horizon, Parker will rely on established regulars such as Jefferson Lerma, Lewis Cook, Philip Billing and Captain Lloyd Kelly to excel at the next level, while Dominic Solanke is expected to score goals in his comeback to the game. top level as a more experienced striker.

Leeds vs Wolves

Leeds United and Wolverhampton Wanderers kick off their Premier League campaign on Saturday afternoon with a game at Elland Road.

The home side are hoping for a much-improved season after dramatically avoiding relegation in 2021-22, while Wolves are under pressure to bounce back from some deflationary performance during the run-in.

Ever since Jesse Marsch replaced Marcelo Bielsa as Leeds boss, the American has been divided, especially as his side were on the cusp of losing four consecutive games in the build-up.

However, Pascal Struijk’s last gasp against Brighton & Hove Albion and the 2-1 win over Brentford that followed put a positive spin on Marsch’s short tenure, giving the Yorkshire giants the freedom to make widespread changes over the summer. to implement.

Newcastle vs Bos

Newcastle United and Nottingham Forest kick off their 2022-23 Premier League campaign with a game at St James’ Park on Saturday afternoon.

As the Magpies focus on European qualifiers this season, the newly promoted Forest simply wants to make a statement about their return to the top after more than two decades of absence.

With six wins from their last eight games in 2021-22, Newcastle head coach Eddie Howe would not have wanted the season to end as his side consistently impressed on the build-up.

However, it led to the Magpies moving to the next stage of their progression and making plans to bid for European football over the next nine and a half months.

These two clubs have met seven times since Forest last competed in the top division in 1999, six of those matches being in the championship.

Tottenham vs Southampton

Tottenham Hotspur will look to get the perfect start to their 2022-23 Premier League campaign when they welcome Southampton to north London on Saturday afternoon.

Spurs finished fourth in the league table last season and are therefore gearing up for a return to the Champions League, while Southampton was 15th, just five points from the relegation zone.

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Tottenham have won four of their last five Premier League games of the 2021-22 season, taking fourth place in the league table for Arsenal. stage of this season’s Champions League.

The Spurs were actually only three points behind Chelsea in third place, and the north London club will again look to compete high on the table this season, possibly seeing themselves as best of the rest behind Manchester City and Liverpool, who can take the lead. to go for the title again.

Hasenhuttl’s side have had a tough opening month of the campaign, also taking on Leeds United, Leicester City, Manchester United and Chelsea in their first five games, so there’s a chance they’ll be at a low position in the table on way to Sept.

Everton vs Chelsea

One of the most intriguing matches in the opening weekend of the 2022-23 Premier League campaign takes place at Goodison Park on Saturday, as Everton welcome Chelsea to the late start.

The Toffees finished 16th last season and narrowly escaped relegation to the championship, while Chelsea were third, five points ahead of Arsenal in fifth place in the battle for the Champions League spots.

Everton will look next season to improve on the hugely difficult 2021-22 season, with the team finishing 16th in the Premier League table, just four points above the relegation zone, as they faced the prospect of falling into second place. level of English football.

The Toffees are still one of six English clubs to have never been relegated from the Premier League, but they had been picked as potential European challengers last season, and the only real positive was that they managed to finish above the bottom three, with Frank Lampard to survive after his January appointment.

The London giants will take part in this match after a 3-1 win over Udinese last Friday, but lost to both Charlotte FC and Arsenal on their pre-season tour of the United States, with the Gunners beating them 4-0. which led to a great deal of criticism from Tuchel.

Chelsea welcome Tottenham Hotspur into their second game of the season this weekend, so there is pressure on the team to start the season with a positive result, but it remains to be seen if the capital is all set for the return of competitive action.

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