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Premier League 22/23 How Top 6 teams will fare

How will last season’s EPL top 6 fare?

The Premier League is slated to kick-off in two weeks time with Arsenal travelling to Selhurst Park to take on Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace to open curtain on the 2022/23 season. 

Last season’s top 6 clubs will be gunning for a strong early start because of the confidence it could give them to pursue their season’s goal, whilst a poor start could derail their goal for the season.

Arsenal’s 2021/22 season was a topsy-turvy ride from the start, losing their first 3 matches. The opposite was the case for their rival-neighbour Tottenham who won their first 3 matches. As for Manchester United, they won two and drew 1 of their first 3 matches. 

These 3 clubs have made crucial changes to their management structure and player roasters ahead of the new season. How well will they and the other last season’s top six clubs fare in their first 5 games of the 2022/23 Premier League season? 

Based on our internal prediction experts, find our predictions for each of last season’s top 6’s first 5 games in the 2022/23 Premier League season below.

Manchester City 

The reigning Premier League champions fought tooth and nail till the last day to emerge as champions playing most matches without a known striker. This time around they have already strengthened their forward position by adding world-class striker, Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez.

They’ve also recruited Kalvin Phillips from Leeds United as replacement out-of-contract Fernandinho. They are currently eyeing Max Cucurella from Brighton as replacement for Oleksandr Zinchenko who is billed to join Arsenal.

With the players they have lost to rivals, like Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus who had offered much needed firepower in the team for the past 5 seasons will be major misses going into the new season.

Moreover, their replacements will need time to settle into a new league and team. Hopefully, they catch up quickly with the flow of the team and league and deliver the team wins when called up.

Fixtures:

The Cityzens will face West Ham (Away), Bournemouth (Home), Newcastle (Away), Crystal Palace (Home) and Nottingham Forest (Home)in their first 5 fixtures.  

DateFixturePrediction
07/08/2022West Ham United v Manchester City2
13/08/2022 Manchester City v A.F.C. Bournemouth1
20/08/2022 Newcastle United v Manchester CityX2
27/08/2022Manchester City v Crystal Palace1
31/08/2022Manchester City v Nottingham Forest1

Our Prediction: Between 13-15 points from their first 5 matches.

Liverpool FC

Liverpool were on the verge of doing the unthinkable last season – pushing for a quadruple win. Though they didn’t achieve it, they pushed Manchester City all the way until the last game of last season.  

This Liverpool’s side going into the new season is largely unchanged asides two players – one key player and the other a fringe player – who have moved on to other clubs, Liverpool have retained majority of their starters and have signed new additions like Fabio Carvalho and Uruguayan striker, Darwin Nunez. The latter is replacement for Sadio Mane who’s moved on to German champions, Bayern Munich.

Fixtures:

The Reds will match up against Fulham (Away), Crystal Palace (Home), Manchester United (Away), Bournemouth (Home) and Newcastle (Home) in their first 5 matches. 

DateFixturePrediction
06/08/2022Fulham v Liverpool2
13/08/2022 Liverpool v Crystal Palace1
20/08/2022Manchester United v LiverpoolX2
27/08/2022Liverpool v Bournemouth1
31/08/2022Liverpool v Newcastle United1

Our Prediction: At least 13 points from their first 5 games.

Chelsea FC

Chelsea finished last season third on the Premier League table which was far from what their fans envisioned for the club. However, their season was bedevilled with outside of the pitch issues that weren’t also envisioned. This, plus the non-performance of Lukaku, their last summer record signing from Inter Milan affected the overall performance of the team.

With the sale of the club and other outside of the pitch issues mostly resolved, Chelsea will go into the new season fully focused on on-the-pitch matters.  

However, the exit of Romelu Lukaku back to Inter Milan, the clubs unsuccessful attempts to sign players due to the new owners letting go of all the backroom staff, and exit of key players in the defence, has left Chelsea looking less of a title contender. 

The new owners must move quickly to sign capable replacements in addition to Raheem Sterling from Man City to pose a threat to the other top 6 clubs. 

Fixtures:

The Blues will face Everton (Away), Tottenham (Home), Leeds (Away), Leicester (Home) and Southampton (Away)in their first 5 games in the new season. 

DateFixturePrediction
06/08/2022 Everton v ChelseaX2
13/08/2022 Chelsea v Tottenham HotspurX
20/08/2022 Leeds United v Chelsea2
27/08/2022 Chelsea v Leicester City1
31/08/2022 Southampton v Chelsea2

Our Prediction: At least 11 points from Chelsea’s first 5 games.

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham is like a house on fire, leading the Premier League in the number of crucial recruitments done so far in this summer transfer window, six players. 

Antonio Conte’s side will be hoping to better their last season performance by challenging for the title.

Personally, Conte would like to be the first manager to win Tottenham a trophy for the first time in a long time. To achieve this, the Tottenham board has fully backed the manager with the confirmed signing of free agents, Ivan Perisic and Fraser Forster from Inter Milan and Southampton respectively, Yves Bissouma from Brighton, Richarlison from Everton, Clement Lenglet from Barcelona and Djed Spence from Middlesbrough. 

These new signings in addition to Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son signifies Tottenham’s intent this season.

Fixtures:

The Spurs will face off against Southampton (Home), Chelsea (Away), Wolves (Home), Nottingham Forest (Away) and West Ham (Away) in their first 5 matches.

DateFixturePrediction
06/08/2022Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton1
13/08/2022Chelsea v Tottenham HotspurX
20/08/2022 Tottenham Hotspur v Wolverhampton1
27/08/2022 Nottingham Forest v Tottenham Hotspur2
30/08/2022West Ham United v Tottenham HotspurX2

Our Prediction: At least 11 points from their first 5 games.

Arsenal FC

Arsenal will want to kick off their new season differently from their last season with a win on matchday one.

It is obvious their abysmal start to last season affected their quest for top 4 later on in the season and ended up in fifth position.

Mikel Arteta’s side kicked off the transfer season early, concluding key signings like Fabio Vieira, midfielder from Porto, Gabriel Jesus, striker from Man City, and Marquinhos from the Brazilian league before the market could blink.

Despite all the signings already concluded, Arsenal is on the verge of signing Oleksandr Zinchenko from Man City and still hold interest in Youri Tielemans and Lucas Paqueta. These players will drastically improve their squad and turn Arsenal into a title contender in the new season.

Fixtures:

The Gunners will play against Crystal Palace (Away), Leicester (Home), Bournemouth (Away), Fulham (Home) and Aston Villa (Home) in their first 5 fixtures.  

DateFixturePrediction
05/08/2022Crystal Palace v Arsenal2
13/08/2022Arsenal v Leicester City1
20/08/2022 Bournemouth v Arsenal2
27/08/2022Arsenal v Fulham1
30/08/2022 Arsenal v Aston Villa1

Our Prediction: 15 points from their first 5 games.

Manchester United 

The impact of Erik Ten Hag is already being felt in Manchester United. Their pre-season friendlies are evidences to the fact. They have played 3 matches and have won all three. If this could be taken as a precursor into what the season would look like for United, then it’s good. But evidence from recent seasons has shown Manchester United does capitulate a few games into a new season.

The new manager will be hoping to get the squad to perform better than their last three managers (Louis Van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer) and interim-manager, Ralf Rangnick did and get the necessary backing he needs from the United board in terms of new signings.

As at press time, Manchester have signed 3 players – Tyrell Malacia, a left-back from Feyenoord, Lisandro Martinez, a centre back from Ajax and Christian Eriksen, a central midfielder from Brentford.

Fixtures:

The Red Devils will play Brighton (Home), Brentford (Away), Liverpool (Home), Southampton (Away) and Leicester (Away) in their first 5 fixtures.  

DateFixturePrediction
07/08/2022Manchester United v Brighton1
13/08/2022 Brentford v Manchester UnitedX2
20/08/2022Manchester United v LiverpoolX2
27/08/2022Southampton v Manchester United2
30/08/2022 Leicester City v Manchester UnitedX2

Our Prediction: At least 9 points from their first 5 games.


Top 6 at the end of 2022/23 Premier League Season

At the end of the 2022/23 season in May, 2023 this is how we foresee the Premier League table will look like:

ClubStanding
Manchester City1st
Arsenal2nd
Liverpool3rd
Tottenham4th
Manchester United5th
Chelsea6th

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