Feel it… it is here! The Premier League is back in action this weekend and fans will have plenty of goals, tackles, lung busting runs and drama to look forward to.
Which teams are looking to step up to a title challenge, how will the newly promoted teams fare, and which teams will find themselves under pressure to get results? Who are some of the new signings that could make an instant impact for their new teams? Will Manchester City and Liverpool challenge for the title again or will a new team emerge as a contender? These are some of the questions fans will be asking as the new season kicks off tonight.
It's good to be back.— Premier League (@premierleague) August 5, 2022
After a busy transfer window, Arsenal will look to challenge for the top four. They almost made it last season – but failed and finished fifth. Perhaps the signing of Gabriel Jesus will be huge for them, with the Brazilian striker joining from Manchester City. They also signed the versatile Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City, an underrated signing. He could turn out to be crucial for Mikel Arteta’s side and is someone who can play at left back or in midfield.
The squad now looks to have the depth that it severely lacked in the previous campaign. It will be tough as teams around them have strengthened but Arsenal fans will expect nothing less than a top four finish this season.
Chelsea have had a bit of a mixed off season. Having lost some key players and having had several key transfer targets sign for other teams instead. But they were able to strengthen in key areas with Raheem Sterling coming in as well as highly rated centre back Kalidou Koulibaly.
They will probably look to add more new faces before the transfer window. They look short of a defender and a forward especially given the number of departures from the team this window.
Liverpool will hope to do one place better than their second placed finish last season. No doubt losing Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich would have been a big blow for the team. He has been an integral part of the team’s success in the past six years.
Liverpool wasted no time in bringing in forward Darwin Nunez from Benfica to replace him. Despite having every touch in preseason micro-analysed he seems to have settled in quickly and also scored in Liverpool’s win over Manchester City in the Community Shield. They have also crucially managed to secure Mo Salah’s future with him signing a new contract at the club. Jurgen Klopp will be expecting to challenge for the title again.
Manchester City fans are looking forward to seeing their new number nine Erling Haaland, who is one of the most exciting additions to the PL in recent seasons. After two years of not having a genuine striker, the arrival of Haaland added a new dimension. He has been scoring goals for fun with Dortmund in Germany and even neutrals will be excited to see him in action. They also signed Kalvin Phillips from Leeds to strengthen their midfield.
Man City will be going for their third Premier League title in a row. They will also be hoping their new signings spur them on to that ever-elusive Champions League win. They will once again prove a force to be reckoned with.
Manchester United fans would have been hoping for some stability going into the new season with the announcement of Erik ten Hag as coach. But this transfer window and off season has instead been full of drama. They haven’t been able to sign their top midfield target in Frenkie de Jong yet from Barcelona in what has been the transfer saga of the summer.
Erik ten Hag wasn’t happy about Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates leaving a preseason game early 😳 pic.twitter.com/OIijjAFOik— B/R Football (@brfootball) August 3, 2022
Ronaldo also seems determined to leave in order to play Champions League football. He was offered to several teams by his agent but all of them rejected the chance to sign the Portuguese superstar. Now the club has been left in a difficult situation with their star player wanting leave just before the start of a new season.
It will be fascinating to see if ten Hag will be able to unite his team and mount a top four challenge for the new season. The team has a particular South African flavour to it this time round with Bafana Bafana legend Benni McCarthy being appointed as an attacking coach. An appointment that made even the staunchest of rival fans incredibly proud to be South African.
Tottenham have gone and had a strong transfer window, something not even most Spurs fans thought possible. Not only that, they got their business done early but they’ve also made some excellent signings.
They’ve brought in Brazilian forward Richarlison from Everton, as well as Djed Spence, Yves Bissouma and Ivan Perisic. These additions will give them plenty of strength in depth as they look to challenge domestically as well as in Europe.
Spurs fans know they have a world class manager in Antonio Conte. Now he has received the backing from the club’s hierarchy, fans will be anticipating a successful season. Who knows, maybe they will no longer be the butt of all the jokes.
There will be a few unknowns going into the new season. The Premier League have finally increased the amount of substitutions allowed during a game from three to five. Many managers have been calling for this as a way to help with player fatigue. It will be a real test of the depth of the squads but could become a huge advantage to teams who use rotation well.
The other unknown entity this season will be the mid-season break for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The Premier League takes a six-week break as the players head to represent their countries in Qatar. The league will resume on Boxing Day (26 December). How teams cope with this break in a usually intense period of the season could be crucial. Managers will be hoping that none of their key players pick up injuries while away on international duty.
One thing is for certain though, Premier League fans can’t wait for the drama to unfold.
2022/23 Season Predictions
- Top four predictions: Manchester City, Liverpool, Spurs, Arsenal
- Overachievers of the season: Nottingham Forest
- Underachievers of the season: Manchester United
- Relegation: Fulham, Bournemouth, Brentford
- First manager to be fired: Frank Lampard (Everton)