English and German Premier League football returns on Friday for the 2022/23 season.
This year’s mammoth campaign comes with a World Cup twist as the tournament will be held in Qatar between November and December.
The game week from 12./13. November is the last round of English Premier League games before the World Cup break.
After securing former Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, former Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Philips and Argentinian youngster Juliá Álvarez, reigning champions Manchester City are looking to defend the title.
The Blues were under-challenged in Europe last season but, despite Liverpool’s efforts, managed to become English top-flight champions for the second consecutive season.
Last season’s Champions League finalists lost Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich in the summer but Jurgen Klopp is hoping the gap can be closed by Colombian winger Luis Diaz and summer signing Darwin Nunez.
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Despite their impressive front line, the Reds haven’t scored in three cup finals last year and hope Nunez will help them take that extra step.
Arsenal, who will travel to London neighbors Crystal Palace on Friday night, signed striker Gabriel Jesus and left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko from the English champions in the summer and are hoping to return to the Champions League next season after missing last year.
Bitter rivals Tottenham have also had a busy summer after Richarlison, Yves Bissouma, Djed Spence, Ivan Perisic, Clement Lenglet and Fraser Forster all joined the north London club. Antonio Conte wants to fire the 2019 Champions League finalists to their first trophy in 15 years.
Record champions Manchester United also had an eventful summer, with Christian Eriksen, Lisandro Martinez and Tyrell Malacia moving to Old Trafford. New coach Erik ten Hag is hoping to lead the Red Devils to a better season than last year’s disastrous season.
The Netherlands manager is also grappling with a headache as multiple reports suggest five-time Ballon D’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo wants out.
This season’s promoted teams are Fulham, Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest. Burnley, Watford and Norwich City have all disappeared from the top flight after being relegated last season.
German Bundesliga football also makes a return on Friday, and it’s looking to be Bayern Munich and everyone else once again. Schalke and Werder Bremen are back in the league after promotion last season, while Arminia Bielefeld and Greuther Fürth have been relegated.
The action begins with a big event as Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt host FC Bayern.
After losing elite striker Robert Lewandowski to Spanish top giants Barcelona, the German champions still look strong after securing the services of Dutch centre-back Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus, Sadio Mane and Noussair Mazraoui from Ajax.