• Babajide EverBlazin

Premier League 2022/23: Manchester City to begin title defence at West Ham

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City will begin their quest for a fifth Premier League title next season with a trip to London to face West Ham in the final match of the opening weekend’s fixtures. The league champions will be looking to clinch another title (5th) in six years under the tutelage of Catalan on Sunday, August 7 2020, a day after their rivals have begun their campaigns. City's local rivals, Manchester United, will be at Old Trafford to host Brighton in what will kickstart a new ear under Dutchman, Erik ten Hag. Last season's runners up, Liverpool, travels to face newcomers, Fulham, in the Saturday lunchtime match, which pitches the Reds’ new signing Fabio Carvalho against his old club first up. Promoted Bournemouth, who do not face a team outside last season’s top 12 in their opening five fixture, host Aston Villa first game back before taking on City, Arsenal and Liverpool in consecutive matches. Frank Lampard, who guided Everton to safety with one match to spare last month, comes up against his former employers Chelsea in the Saturday evening kick-off. Nottingham Forest’s first match in the top-flight in 23 years will be against Newcastle at St James’ Park. The matches in full: August 5 Crystal Palace vs Arsenal, 8pm August 6 Fulham vs Liverpool, 12.30pm Bournemouth vs Aston Villa, 3pm Leeds vs Wolves, 3pm Leicester vs Brentford, 3pm Newcastle vs Nottingham Forest, 3pm Tottenham vs Southampton, 3pm Everton vs Chelsea, 5.30pm August 7 Manchester United vs Brighton, 2pm - West Ham vs Manchester City, 4.30pm

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