Your guide to every team in the Premier League ahead of the start of the new season, which starts on 11 August. Watch it all live on Sky Sports, TNT Sports and Prime Video
By Chris Miller, Feature Writer
The not-very-long wait is over – the Premier League is back! Yes, less than 12 weeks after Manchester City lifted the trophy at the Etihad Stadium, the world’s biggest and arguably best football league returns for another season that’s sure to be as thrill-packed as ever.
There are a massive 200 Premier League games on live TV across the season, which you can watch on Sky Sports, TNT Sports and Prime Video, so fans can gorge on the drama of top-class football to their hearts’ content. It all begins on Friday 11 August, when you can find out how promoted Burnley are shaping up when they take on manager Vincent Kompany’s old team, champions Manchester City. Then there are five more huge live games over the opening weekend.
Premier League opening weekend fixtures
Burnley v Manchester City
Friday 11 August, 7pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 502/512)
Arsenal v Nottingham Forest
Saturday 12 August, 11am, TNT Sports 1 HD (CH 527) + TNT Sports Ultimate (CH 531)
Newcastle United v Aston Villa
Saturday 12 August, 5pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 502/512)
Brentford v Tottenham Hotspur
Sunday 13 August, 1pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 502/512)
Chelsea v Liverpool
Sunday 13 August, 4pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 502/512)
Manchester United v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Monday 14 August, 6.30pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 502/512)
Scroll down to find even more live Premier League action throughout August. And remember, you can follow every twist and turn of the season on TV and wherever you are with the Sky Sports app and with TNT Sports on the Virgin TV Go app. See below for details.
Premier League matches will also be available in HDR on Sky Sports UHD and TNT Sports Ultimate for those with HDR-enabled TVs, giving you superb picture and sound. TNT Sports subscribers can access the matches in HDR at no extra cost. Scroll down to find out more.
We’re looking ahead to the season with our team-by-team guide to what to expect from every club over the campaign.
In 2022/23: 1st, thanks to an irresistible run of 12 consecutive wins from the end of February, and Erling Haaland’s 36 goals in 35 Premier League games.
A good season would be… Same again. Maybe Haaland could pull his finger out and get 40 goals this time.
A bad season would be… Second place.
Key Fantasy League player: Nathan Aké. Just kidding. It’s the big lad up front, who topped the FPL table last year.
A big stat for ya: City scored exactly 100 goals at home last season. Their closest rivals in Europe’s top leagues were Man Utd with 71.
In 2022/23: 2nd, after their exciting young team proved unable to maintain a title challenge in the face of City’s might.
A good season would be… Proving they’re back among the big boys to stay.
A bad season would be… £165m of new talent in Declan Rice and Kai Havertz flopping and the team regressing.
Key Fantasy League player: Ben White, the league’s second highest-scoring defender last season.
A big stat for ya: In 2022/23 Arsenal were undefeated in London derbies – 12 matches in total – for the first time since 2004/5.
In 2022/23: 3rd, after Erik ten Hag’s vision started to take shape – despite a couple of horrible blips they won’t want to be reminded of.
A good season would be… Cutting out the errors, keeping Marcus Rashford’s form up and closing the gap on their city rivals.
A bad season would be… Anything that provokes an epic Bruno Fernandes sulk.
Key Fantasy League player: Jaden Sancho was United’s fourth highest points scorer last term. Imagine if he was actually in form.
A big stat for ya: They conceded fewer home league goals in 2022/23 than any other team – just 10. If they can be as tight defensively away from home, the title could be on.
In 2022/23: 4th, thanks to Eddie Howe’s coaching nous and some smart signings. And a bit of investment.
A good season would be… Making a serious tilt at the title while also proving their mettle in Europe.
A bad season would be… Displeasing the owners with a backward step.
Key Fantasy League player: Assist-meister Kieran Trippier.
A big stat for ya: It’s exactly 20 seasons since Newcastle last played in the Champions League, with Alan Shearer, Titus Bramble and Nobby Solano in the side.
In 2022/23: 5th, following a season that contained 9-0 and 7-0 home wins but also a home defeat to relegated Leeds. Consistency is required.
A good season would be… Getting back in the top four. That’s the prime target.
A bad season would be… A new-look midfield taking time to gel and the club losing ground on their richer rivals.
Key Fantasy League player: Even in a “below-par” season, Mo Salah still bangs in goals – his lowest Prem tally is 19.
A big stat for ya: Salah has scored in the opening game of every season since he joined Liverpool in 2017.
Brighton & Hove Albion
In 2022/23: 6th, their highest ever position, as new manager Roberto De Zerbi cured the Seagulls’ aversion to scoring.
A good season would be… Hanging on to their rising stars (including the coach) and continuing to cut a swath through the Prem’s upper echelons.
A bad season would be… Getting asset-stripped and regressing to their blank-firing days of old – though with De Zerbi-ball, it seems unlikely.
Key Fantasy League player: An excellent-value defender like Lewis Dunk, Joël Veltman or Pervis Estupiñan.
A big stat for ya: There were 20 Premier League goals scored by teenagers in 2022/23. Eleven of them were for Brighton.
In 2022/23: 7th, after taking nine points from 12 games under Steve Gerrard, and then 51 from 22 with Unai Emery in charge.
A good season would be… Establishing themselves among the elite with newly signed Spain international Pau Torres shutting out your Haalands and your Salahs.
A bad season would be… Another club turning Emery’s head with a gigantic stack of cash.
Key Fantasy League player: Ollie Watkins gets the goals. Douglas Luiz is arguably better value in midfield.
A big stat for ya: If you start the Premier League table on 1 January 2023, Villa are in second place.
In 2022/23: 12th, after a chaotic season of four managers (three permanent) and some wild spending from new owners that led to a bloated, unwieldy squad.
A good season would be… New coach Mauricio Pocchetino living up to his reputation and pushing the Blues back into the top four.
A bad season would be… Well, they couldn’t finish in the bottom half again. Could they?
Key Fantasy League player: Hard to make a judgement based on last year’s farrago, when Kepa Arrizabalaga – who wasn’t even first-choice keeper at the start of the campaign – top-scored for FPL points.
A big stat for ya: In their penultimate match of 2022/23, Chelsea named their youngest ever Premier League XI, in what fans will see as a good sign for the future.
In 2022/23: 8th, after a string of dreadful performances somehow kept them in the top four, then a slight improvement after Antonio Conte’s departure saw them slide. Yeah, it was a weird season.
A good season would be… New boss Ange Postecoglou bringing back the feelgood factor, as well as European qualification.
A bad season would be… Another coach falling out with the hierarchy and no progress made.
Key Fantasy League player: It very much depends on who Harry Kane is playing for come the start of September. But new signing James Maddison racked up plenty of assists last term.
A big stat for ya: Despite their erratic form, Spurs continue to hold the hoodoo over Man City, who have still never scored at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
In 2022/23: 9th, after finishing 13th in their first ever Prem season – can Thomas Frank keep them upwardly mobile?
A good season would be… Barely noticing the absence of suspended striker Ivan Toney and continuing to defy expectations in the top half.
A bad season would be…The goals drying up without Toney, who’s not back till January.
Key Fantasy League player: Without you-know-who, defenders Ben Mee and Rico Henry are both excellent value.
A big stat for ya: Brentford have never lost a Premier League game after going ahead.
In 2022/23: 10th, an impressive finish after promotion with stylish football and 14 goals in 24 games from Aleksandar Mitrović.
A good season would be… With a shiny new (expensive) stand in place, more of the same sparkling football. Reviving new signing Raúl Jiménez’s goalscoring ability would help too.
A bad season would be… Losing boss Marco Silva, who’s attracted attention from elsewhere, and sliding towards the danger zone.
Key Fantasy League player: Andreas Pereira was a top performer last year and only picked by 3% of participants, so bag yourself an unconventional bargain.
A big stat for ya: Fulham finished above their west London rivals Chelsea for the first time in four decades, although they still couldn’t claim local supremacy thanks to Brentford.
West Ham United
In 2022/23: 14th, after flirting with relegation for far too long following successive top-seven finishes. Were they distracted by the Europa Conference League? If so, perhaps it was worth it for a glorious trophy win.
A good season would be… Proving last year was a blip and re-establishing themselves in the upper echelon, while also finding a more attractive style.
A bad season would be… Failing to replace the departed Declan Rice adequately, which would make them far easier to beat.
Key Fantasy League player: Jarrod Bowen, scorer of the winner in the Conference League final.
A big stat for ya: Nayef Aguerd became West Ham’s 165th Premier League scorer last season, the highest number of different scorers for any team (excluding own goals).
In 2022/23: 11th, after Roy Hodgson returned in midseason to steady the ship, with some sublime contributions from Michael Olisé and Eberechi Eze.
A good season would be… Keeping their remaining stars and not having to worry about relegation. When you’ve got Hodgson, stability is the watchword.
A bad season would be… Failing to fill the Wilfried Zaha-shaped hole – the club legend has left for Galatasaray – and suffering from the loss of his goals and creativity.
Key Fantasy League player: Eze racked up points last year but defender Marc Guéhi could offer more bang for your FPL buck.
A big stat for ya: Palace set a Premier League all-time record for successful dribbles in a match with 34 against Leeds in April.
In 2022/23: 13th, with the arrival of former Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui making a big difference – they won just one game before the World Cup break.
A good season would be… Remembering how to find the net. Wolves scored the fewest goals in last year’s Prem with 31, which was 20 fewer than relegated Leicester. With Lopetegui gone already, can they manage it?
A bad season would be… Just as stodgy as the last one. Ruben Neves, João Moutinho, Adam Traoré and Raúl Jiménez have departed – new signings are needed.
Key Fantasy League player: There are fewer problems defensively – keeper José Sa topped Wolves’ FPL rankings last year.
A big stat for ya: Wolves’ 13th place in 2022/23 is the highest finish of any team that was bottom at Christmas in the Premier League era.
In 2022/23: 15th under the impressive Gary O’Neil – although he was rewarded with the sack in June as the club appointed former Rayo Vallecano coach Andoni Iraola.
A good season would be… Doing “a Brighton” and upsetting the establishment under their canny new Basque coach.
A bad season would be… Iraola being more “Emery at Arsenal” than “Emery at Villa”.
Key Fantasy League player: A goalscoring midfielder like Philip Billing is always a worthwhile inclusion.
A big stat for ya: Billing scored the second-fastest goal in Premier League history when he netted after nine seconds at the Emirates Stadium in March.
In 2022/23: 17th, when a final-day win secured a 70th consecutive season in the top flight.
A good season would be… Very much not being in relegation danger on the final day. Finding a striker who can score and stay fit would be good, and fans would welcome new owners too.
A bad season would be… Sean Dyche proving unable to turn fortunes around. For Everton, relegation is unthinkable.
Key Fantasy League player: After forcing his way back into contention under Dyche, Dwight McNeil finished the season strongly and topped the Toffees’ points chart.
A big stat for ya: Yerry Mina’s crucial 99th-minute equaliser against Wolves in their penultimate match of 2022/23 was officially the latest goal Everton have ever scored.
In 2022/23: 16th, after a dangerously poor run was followed by springtime victories over Brighton, Southampton and Arsenal to secure safety.
A good season would be… A year of progress as Steve Cooper continues to demonstrate his coaching prowess at the City Ground.
A bad season would be… Watching Steve Cooper continue to demonstrate his coaching prowess at another ground. His knowhow made the difference in 2022/23 and he could be in demand.
Key Fantasy League player: Shopping for bargains? Midfielder Joe Worrall bagged solid points last season.
A big stat for ya: Taiwo Awoniyi scored in eight Prem matches last season, and put Forest 1-0 up in every one.
In 2022/23: 1st in the Championship, returning to the top flight at the first time of asking, as they say. Presumably they weren’t actually asked if they wanted promotion.
A good season would be… As for any promoted side, survival and stability, ideally while maintaining the attractive style introduced by coach Vincent Kompany.
A bad season would be… Losing Kompany to a club with deeper pockets and entering the dreaded yo-yo zone, after being a Premier League side from 2016 to 2022.
Key Fantasy League player: Snap up Anass Zaroury, the Morocco international who had 13 goal involvements in the last campaign and looks Premier League-ready.
A big stat for ya: Burnley scored 87 league goals in 2022/23 – their highest tally since 1961/62, when they were runners-up in the top flight.
In 2022/23: 2nd in the Championship, going back up to the Premier League after a two-year absence under boss (and former Sheffield Wednesday defender) Paul Heckingbottom.
A good season would be… Repeating their unexpected success the last time they were promoted, a top-half finish in 2019/20.
A bad season would be… Not managing to replace departed top goalscorer Iliman Ndiaye and sliding meekly back down.
Key Fantasy League player: Bosnia defender Anel Ahmedhodžić played 40 league games in the Championship’s second-meanest defence last year – and weighed in with half a dozen goals too.
A big stat for ya: The season after their last promotion, United beat every London club in the Prem – Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Tottenham and West Ham. Do that again (with Fulham and Brentford added) and they’ll be more than halfway to safety.
In 2022/23: 3rd in the Championship and play-off winners, beating Coventry to reach the Premier League for the first time – the Hatters were relegated the season before the PL began.
A good season would be… Survival by any means necessary. And everyone not to patronise them. Good luck with both.
A bad season would be… Starting with a string of tricky away games if their ground isn’t upgraded in time, and finding it too tough to catch up.
Key Fantasy League player: If striker Carlton Morris can keep up his excellent scoring record – 20 in 33 league starts last year – he’ll be worthy of a slot up front.
A big stat for ya: Luton have lost only three games in 2023: one was to champions Burnley, and one was in the first leg of the play-off semi-final.
Premier League fixtures on TV in August
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United
Saturday 19 August, 5pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 502/512)
Manchester City v Newcastle United
Saturday 19 August, 7pm, TNT Sports 1 HD (CH 527) + TNT Sports Ultimate (CH 531)
Aston Villa v Everton
Sunday 20 August, 1pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 502/512)
West Ham United v Chelsea
Sunday 20 August, 4pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 502/512)
Crystal Palace v Arsenal
Monday 21 August, 6.30pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 502/512)
Chelsea v Luton Town
Friday 25 August, 7pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 502/512)
Bournemouth v Tottenham Hotspur
Saturday 26 August, 11am, TNT Sports 1 HD (CH 527) + TNT Sports Ultimate (CH 531)
Brighton & Hove Albion v West Ham United
Saturday 26 August, 5pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 502/512)
Sheffield United v Manchester City
Sunday 27 August, 1pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 502/512)
Newcastle United v Liverpool
Sunday 27 August, 4pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 502/512)
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