World Cup break, kneeling changes and new rules forming part of the new English Premier League season.
Crystal Palace host Arsenal on the opening day of the new English Premier League season on Friday.
Manchester City have won four of their last five titles with Liverpool’s lockdown success in 2020, the only break in Pep Guardiola’s side’s dominance.
Since Chelsea’s triumph in 2017, a year after Leicester City’s totally unexpected title, the Premier League has not had a winner outside of the two clubs in the north-west of the country.
The new season starts a week earlier than the last one and also ends a week later to allow for an extended winter break due to the World Cup.
World Cup break
With the World Cup taking place in Qatar in November and December, the league is taking an extended winter break from November 13th to December 26th.
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Teams can also make up to five substitutions in each game, instead of previously allowing three.
Erling Haaland – Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City
Darwin Nunez – Benfica to Liverpool
Richarlison – Everton to Tottenham
Gabriel Jesus – Manchester City to Arsenal
Raheem Sterling – Manchester City to Chelsea
Premier League exit
The problem with the Premier League’s introduction of the knee was always that it would eventually stop, and it would inevitably stop at a time when the reasons for it hadn’t gone away
— Tom Victor (@tomvictor) August 3, 2022
take a knee
Premier League teams will limit their pre-game anti-racism gesture of “taking the knee” to a few key games of the new season.
“We have decided to select key moments throughout the season where we take a knee to show our unity against all forms of racism and in doing so we continue to show solidarity for a common cause,” said the Premier League captains on Thursday in a statement.
Players will take the knee during the season’s opening round of matches, the October and March No Room for Racism rounds of matches, Boxing Day matches after the World Cup, league matches on the last day of the season and the FA Cup and EFL Cup finals .
Opening Round Fixings
Crystal Palace vs Arsenal
Fulham vs Liverpool
Bournemouth vs Aston Villa
Leeds United v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Newcastle United v Nottingham Forest
Tottenham Hotspur versus Southampton
Everton versus Chelsea
Leicester City vs Brentford
Manchester United vs Brighton
West Ham versus Manchester City