The Premier League 2022/23 season gets underway on August 5 and will run all the way until the end of May.
That is due to a six-week break in November and December to make space for the 2022 World Cup, which is taking place in winter rather than summer due to its location in Qatar.
The upcoming campaign looks set to be another intriguing one, with the race for the top four likely to be one of the main sources of drama and entertainment.
With six sides all hoping to qualify for the Champions League, two are guaranteed to be disappointed – and perhaps even more if a surprise package emerges to challenge the division’s leading sextet.
Manchester City won the Premier League title last season without a recognized cent
Manchester City and Liverpool are expected to finish in the top four with relative ease. Tottenham and Chelsea are the favorites to join them, just as they did last term.
Arsenal finished fifth in 2021/22, narrowly missing out on Champions League soccer. The sportsbooks favor Manchester United over the Gunners this time around.
Newcastle United are seen as the most likely outsiders, but a top-four finish will surely be a bridge too far for Eddie Howe’s men.
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Manchester City are the favorites to win the Premier League title, followed by Liverpool, Tottenham, and Chelsea. To read more about the runners and riders in the title race, check out our article on that very topic.
The top four teams in the Premier League automatically qualify for the group stage of the following season’s Champions League. It is therefore a prize worth fighting for, even though the goal of many clubs at the start of the season is to win the Premier League title.
In previous seasons, the top three teams automatically reached the group stage of the Champions League, and the fourth-place finisher entered the qualifying phase. That changed at the start of the 2017/18 campaign when UEFA handed more automatic qualification spots to Europe’s biggest leagues, including England’s top flight.
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Manchester United did not finish in the top four last season, but they remain the most successful side in Premier League history in that regard. Arsenal are second but are in danger of being caught by Chelsea and/or Tottenham in the next couple of years.
Manchester City are still relatively low down this list due to the fact that their first Premier League top-four finish came in 2010/11. They will probably continue to close the gap on the teams above them in the next few seasons.
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The ‘top four’, more commonly known as the ‘big four’, was a phrase often used in the 2000s to describe the Premier League’s strongest quartet: Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.Between 2003/04 and 2008/09 inclusive, 23 out of 24 top-four places went to these sides, with Everton the only other team to break into the Champions League places in 2004/05. That came at the expense of Liverpool, who finished fifth.In recent years it has become more common to refer to the Premier League’s ‘big six’. Manchester City joined the elite from around 2010/11, when they secured their first top-four finish.Tottenham made it a sextet when they finished fourth or above in four consecutive seasons between 2015/16 and 2018/19
It is only in the last 20 years that Premier League clubs have actively targeted a top-four finish. Even a decade ago Arsene Wenger, the long-serving Arsenal manager, was criticized in some quarters for prioritizing a top-four place over trophies like the FA Cup and the League Cup.In the Premier League’s debut campaign in 1992/93, Manchester United won the title and were the only club in the division to qualify for the Champions League.Second place only offered a pathway to Europe’s elite competition in 1996/97, and the top three qualified for the tournament in 1998/99. The 2001/02 season was the first in which each of the top four finishers secured a spot in the Champions League.It was around that time that fans and pundits began to talk up the race to qualify for the top four. The Champions League has continued to grow in stature since then, and players, managers and chairmen no longer feel any sense of embarrassment to admit that they are targeting the top four.
The Premier League was called the Premiership for sponsorship reasons between 1993 and 2007. It has been known as the Premier League ever since.
Soccer fans based in the United States can watch the Premier League on NBC, Peacock Premium, and fuboTV. Kick-off times usually range from 7.30 AM to 3.00 PM (EDT).
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