- Feb 25, 2024
- Jul 2, 2023
The Premier League 2022-23 season got underway on Saturday with Arsenal facing Crystal Palace. Defending champions Manchester City beat West Ham 2-0 on Saturday. Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United, lost to Brighton 1-2 in their opening game.
Fans will want top-notch quality football to be played in the new season as teams would hope to begin well. Here are all the details you need to know:
This season, teams can make up to five substitutions in a match. Notably, the substitutions can be made on three occasions during a match, with an additional opportunity at half-time. Also, up to nine substitutes can be named on the team sheet. Also, fans won’t be seeing the likes of Mike Dean, Jonathan Moss, and Martin Atkinson refereeing matches as they have retired.
The new season will see Nike Flight Ball to be used from game week 1 onwards. As per Premier League, it is inspired by the maiden PL season 30 years ago. The ball has the same colors and bold graphic blocking. It is also blended with AerowSculpt technology which improves consistency and gives a truer flight.
The fight for the title is expected to be between City and Liverpool. The Reds finished a point below City last season. Both teams have shown a lot of character and depth. As far as the race for Champions League berths are concerned, Tottenham look like an ideal bet to finish third under Antonio Conte. One between Chelsea and Arsenal could end up pushing Spurs.
The 2022 summer transfer window opened on June 10 and will close on September 1. As per The Guardian, Arsenal have spent £112.7m, while Chelsea have shelled out £174m (including add-ons in the Marc Cucurella deal). Among newcomers, Nottingham Forest have gone big, spending £77.9m. Meanwhile, Darwin Nunez to Liverpool has been the costliest buy with the fee rising to a potential £85m with add-ons.
City and Liverpool bolstered their respective forward line by adding Erling Haaland and Darwin Nunez respectively. City roped in Haaland from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth £51m.The 22-year-old left Dortmund after having scored 86 goals in 89 games. Meanwhile, Liverpool’s club-record signing Nunez scored against City in the Community Shield and is a hot property. He smashed 34 goals for Benfica last season.
The FIFA World Cup 2022 will be held in Qatar during November-December and for the first time in English football, there will be six weeks without a Premier League game during the winter. There will be no PL football between November 13 and December 26.