The new season of the English Premier League is all set to kick off on Saturday (August 6). As per schedule, the season will end on May 28 next year with the final matchday fixtures. Manchester City are the reigning Premier League champions, and they will again be one of the hot favourites to clinch the title in the upcoming season. Liverpool, who recently won the 2022 Community Shield and will be Manchester City's main rivals for the championship. The Premier League 2022-2023 predictions for the title race, top-four battles, and relegation are discussed in this article.
Which teams will compete for the championship?
In recent seasons, Manchester City and Liverpool are the only two teams that have competed for the Premier League title. In the last four seasons, Man City have won three titles, while Liverpool have won one. Expectedly, these two teams will again be the main title contenders next season. Besides, the other top clubs are currently struggling to construct a team that can challenge Man City and Liverpool for the league title.
The odds are favouring Manchester City to retain the title, given their ability to maintain a long winning streak in the league. Since Pep Guardiola's arrival at Man City, they have usually remained steadfast and unstoppable in the middle of the season. Manchester City let go Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling, and Oleksandr Zinchenko this summer. All of them were important players for them. However, they replaced them with Erling Haaland, Julian Alvarez, and Kalvin Phillips. Man City are expected to be an even more difficult team to beat with these new signings.
Liverpool fought hard till the final matchday fixture last season, but missed out on winning the league by just a solitary point. Jurgen Klopp's team is one of the toughest to beat and will make it difficult again for Man City this season as well. Liverpool lost Sadio Mane, one of their main forward-line players in recent seasons. They bought Darwin Nunez from Benfica for a reported 85 million pounds. The Uruguayan international will bring the necessary energy upfront for Liverpool and is expected to score a lot of goals. If Liverpool can maintain a good run in the middle of the season, then they can deny Manchester City's hope of winning a third consecutive title.
Premier League 2022-2023 predictions for title: Manchester City (Champion), Liverpool (2nd), Favourites to qualify for the Champions League
The top four teams in the points table secure a spot in the following season's Champions League. Apart from Manchester City and Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester United, and Arsenal will try to finish in the top four in the Premier League points standings in order to qualify for the UEFA Champions League. There are a few other teams that can have a good run. However, the top four places will likely be confirmed by these six teams in the end.
Chelsea are attempting to make new additions to their squad while also letting go of some of their key players following the arrival of new owner Todd Boehly. Head coach Thomas Tuchel has to make quick adjustments in accordance with his squad strength. If the players respond well to his system, then Chelsea can have a good season. They can even challenge Liverpool and Manchester City for the title.
Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte demands more from his players. He wants his players to be physically in shape to be competitive against the top opposition. Tottenham are one of the hot favourites to finish in the top four next season.
Manchester United appointed Erik ten Hag as their new head coach and he needs to work in various aspects before becoming a genuine title contender for the coming seasons. Trying to finish in the top four will be Ten Hag's top priority next season.
Arsenal have made some important signings this summer in order to be competitive next season. They bought Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City. The Gunners' head coach, Mikel Arteta, knows both players since his time at Man City as an assistant manager to Pep Guardiola. Arsenal will compete in the Europa League in the coming season, so they have to be both mentally and physically prepared to compete in two matches every week.
Premier League 2022-2023 predictions for top-four: Manchester City (1st), Liverpool (2nd), Chelsea (3rd) and Tottenham (4th).
Which teams may struggle to avoid relegation?
The teams that are promoted from the EFL Championship usually struggle to compete in the first season of the Premier League. Therefore, the three promoted teams-Fulham, Bournemouth, and Nottingham Forest-may find it hard in the 2022-2023 Premier League season. Besides, Southampton, Leeds United, and Brentford could have a tough time in the upcoming Premier League season.
Premier League 2022-2023 predictions for relegation: Brentford (18th) Fulham (19th), and Nottingham Forest (20th)
The Premier League 2022-2023 predictions favour either Manchester City or Liverpool to win the Championship title next season. In addition, it appears that six teams will be striving for a top-four finish, while six teams from the bottom half could be vying to avoid relegation. One of the major things this season needs to consider is that the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be held from mid-November to mid-December. The Premier League will remain closed from November 13 to December 25 due to the mega event, but it may affect the final outcome of the season. The scenarios of the points table after the World Cup break can change if important players get injured during the mega event. Therefore, the 2022-2023 Premier League season will likely be an eventful season.
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