The opening game of the 2022/23 Premier League campaign is on the horizon and there's sure to be plenty of drama as the season unfolds.
Original article published 22 August 2022
The first game of the new term takes place on Friday 5th August when Crystal Palace welcome Arsenal to Selhurst Park.
Arsenal were also involved in the 2021/22 opener when they went down 2-0 at newly-promoted Brentford, however, after a big-spending summer, Mikel Arteta will be hoping for a better start this time around.
Defending champions Manchester City, who have won the title in four of the last five seasons, are the 8/13 favourites with Liverpool available at 5/2.
Premier League 2022/23
5th August 2022 - 28th May 2023
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Selected matches on Sky, BT Sport and Amazon Prime
Manchester City 8/13, Liverpool 5/2, Tottenham 12/1, Chelsea 16/1, Arsenal 28/1
Manchester City have been the dominant force in English football over recent years, lifting the title four times over the last five seasons, and last term's triumph was their second in succession.
It's no surprise to see them rated as the 8/13 favourites but topping the pile three times in a row isn't something that has happened often in the Premier League era.
Only one club, Manchester United, have managed to achieve that feat - winning three titles between 1999 and 2001 and then doing the same again between 2007 and 2009.
Pep Guardiola has allowed some big names to head for the exit with Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Fernandinho and Oleksandr Zinchenko departing this summer, however, he has added some top-class talent in the shape of Erling Haaland and Kalvin Phillips.
Bedding in his new arrivals could take some time, but it's tough to look beyond a City squad with so much depth, as they look to maintain their monopoly on the title.
Of course, City will also have their eye on trying to land a maiden Champions League crown but that isn't likely to detract from their exploits in the top-flight.
If anyone is to beat City to the summit then it's likely to be 5/2 Liverpool, who finished just a point shy of the champions last term.
Jurgen Klopp has also added to his ranks with the arrival of striker Darwin Nunez attracting plenty of headlines, while youngsters Calvin Ramsey and Fabio Carvalho have also joined the Anfield project.
Sadio Mane is the highest-profile departure, linking up with Bayern Munich, while Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi have also moved on.
The pair couldn't be separated in their two league meetings last term - both finishing 2-2 - but Liverpool will hope their 3-1 Community Shield victory over City on July 30th is a sign of things to come.
Tottenham endured a disappointing start to last season under Nuno Espirito Santo and they sat ninth when he was sacked in November.
Antonio Conte came in and oversaw a major improvement in Tottenham's fortunes, leading the club to a fourth-place finish and securing a return to the Champions League.
Conte has a reputation for winning silverware, something that has eluded Spurs since lifting the League Cup in 2008, and the board have backed him financially this summer as they look to add to their trophy cabinet.
Priced at 12/1 to win the Premier League, Tottenham rank as the best of the rest and it's easy to see why following some eye-catching additions.
Richarlison, Yves Bissouma, Ivan Perisic, Djed Spence and Fraser Forster have signed permanent deals, while Clement Lenglet has agreed to spend the season on-loan from Barcelona.
Conte certainly means business but he'll need to ensure he finds the right balance when trying to slot new faces into his starting XI.
Also in north London, Arsenal have been reinforcing with Jesus and Zinchenko signing from Man City, while Fabio Vieira, Marquinhos and Matt Turner also add further to Mikel Arteta's options.
Arsenal appeared to be on track to earn a top-four finish in 2021/22, but a lack of depth in the squad proved costly as they faded in the final weeks, losing two of their last three outings, and ultimately having to settle for fifth.
Arteta is clearly keen to avoid a repeat of that again during the upcoming campaign and Arsenal, priced at 6/4 to finish in the top four, look well stocked.
Chelsea, who are 8/11 to finish in the top four, sealed third place last season with Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham claiming the other Champions League berths.
However, they haven't quite been able to perform as strongly as some of their rivals in the transfer market this summer and could struggle to match that this time around.
Cash-rich Newcastle, who finished 11th last term, are expected to challenge for at least a top-six spot and could potentially even push on towards the top-four.
Manchester United have shown some extremely positive signs under new boss Erik ten Hag during pre-season and, if they can transfer that into the new campaign, they could force their way back into the top-four.
West Ham, priced at 12/1 for a top-four finish, are also worth keeping an eye on after keeping hold of Declan Rice and adding further firepower in the shape of Gianluca Scamacca.
Nottingham Forest have a new-look squad for their return to the Premier League, completing 12 permanent signings, including the additions of Jesse Lingard, Wayne Hennessey, Lewis O'Brien, Harry Toffolo and Taiwo Awoniyi.
They played an attractive brand of football under Steve Cooper last season and could cause some problems in the top-flight.
Bournemouth and Fulham are also back at the highest level of English football but have taken a slightly more cautious approach to their business.
Forest are 5/4 to be relegated with Fulham available at 5/4 to go down and Bournemouth are priced at 2/5.