EPL fixtures ‘leaked’ with Man Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea in horror openers
AHEAD of Thursday’s Premier League fixture release, a schedule for the 2022-23 season has been ‘leaked’ online.
And it is not good news for fans of Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea.
An image has emerged on Twitter supposedly showing the first eight match days of the season.
The opening day, scheduled for August 6, offers tricky tests for four out of the ‘Big Six’ in the alleged fixture list.
Erik ten Hag’s rumoured first competitive game in charge of United is a tough trip to Wolves, with Bruno Lage’s side looking to build on last season’s 10th-place finish with a push for Europe.
But in the standout match of the weekend Liverpool travel to money-bags Newcastle, who are sure to boast a new-look squad after what is expected to be another busy transfer window on Tyneside.
There are also banana-skin away ties for Arsenal and Chelsea, who will both travel to the South Coast, according to the leaked list.
The Gunners face Brighton, fresh off an excellent 9th-place finish in the last campaign, while the Blues are in action at St. Mary’s against Southampton.
In a replay of last season’s dramatic final day encounter, which Manchester City won to seal the title, Pep Guardiola’s side welcome Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa to the Etihad.
Although the Premier League themselves seemed to suggest City will be facing newly-promoted Bournemouth.
Replying on Twitter to City unveiling Erling Haaland this morning, the Prem’s account tagged the Cherries in the replies alongside a timer emoji.
Elsewhere the leaked list claims Tottenham will host Brentford in an eye-catching London derby.
The first meeting between two of the ‘Big Six’ comes three weeks into the season, allegedly, when Manchester City take on Chelsea.
And in a nightmare opening run for the Blues it’s claimed they will face Tottenham the week after.
The first clash of the titans between City and Liverpool will supposedly take place on the seventh match day of the season.
Although the campaign will still be in its very early days at that stage, the result from that game could go some way to deciding the title.
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