Liverpool to complete Premier League first as generous opening clash and Manchester United set for record sixth successive Old Trafford opener as 2022/23 Premier League fixtures revealed June 16, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer
Liverpool may have been handed an early advantage in their latest pursuit of Premier League title glory, as they prepare to face Fulham on the opening weekend.
Jurgen Klopp’s side travel to Craven Cottage on Saturday, August 6 where they’ll face Marco Silva’s newly-promoted side, who ended last season as Championship winners.
In comparison to their title rivals, the Reds perhaps have the most generous fixture on paper.
Fulham will no doubt be pumped up and ready for the challenge after sealing their top flight return, but looking at the fixtures of Manchester United and Man City, it’s clear that there’s a good chance to steal an early march at the top for the Reds.
Erik ten Hag will start his United tenure with a fixture against Brighton at Old Trafford, a tricky fixture against a side with ambitions of pushing towards the top eight this term.
In fact, that game on Sunday, August 7 will be the sixth consecutive home fixture the Red Devils have been handed on the opening day of the season – the longest current run of any Premier League side.
As for City, Pep Guardiola’s side are involved in arguably the biggest match of the opening weekend when they travel to the London Stadium to face West Ham.
City have failed to win in their last three trips to east London, drawing their last two fixtures in the Premier League and losing on penalties in last term’s League Cup.
Such a tricky fixture for Guardiola’s side just emphasises the generous opening that Liverpool have been handed, but it’s not the first time that the Reds have had more than their fair share of luck.
Liverpool are the first team in top-flight history to face a newly promoted side in their first league game of the season in four consecutive seasons.
This includes facing Norwich in 2019/20, Leeds in 2020/21, Norwich again in 2021/22 and now Fulham in 2022/23.
Of course there are no advantages given in the Premier League fixture list, with every club having to face each of their 19 opponents on two occasions over the season.
But Klopp will no doubt be looking to get off to a strong start as they seek to claim the title once again.
Liverpool won’t have to wait long for their first big derby clash.
The Reds travel to face Man United on Saturday, August 20 and then host Man City on the weekend of Saturday, October 15.
They’ll then play United at Anfield on the weekend of Saturday, March 4 before travelling to face Man City on the weekend of April 1.
The new season’s first Merseyside derby against Everton will take place on September 3 at Goodison Park, with the reverse fixture set for the weekend of February 11 2023.
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