English Premier League 2022-23: What to watch for in Matchweek 1 originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
No, you're not crazy - the new English Premier League season is already almost upon us.
After Manchester City lifted the league title a little over two months ago, teams have completed their preseason schedules and are ready to start the grind of the new campaign.
With the first game on the calendar not too far away, here's everything you need to know ahead of Matchweek 1 of the 2022-23 EPL season:
When does the 2022-23 English Premier League season start?
The 2022-23 EPL season started with Arsenal visiting Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace on Friday. The Gunners left with a comfortable 2-0 win.
After falling two points shy of UEFA Champions League qualification last season, Mikel Arteta's revamped squad will be hoping for a strong start to the campaign. Palace finished three points off a top-10 spot in the standings last year and will also hope to rebound early in the season.
This was the only contest on Friday. There were six games on Saturday, followed by three on Sunday to end Matchweek 1.
What are the key games from Matchweek 1 of the 2022 English Premier League season?
None of England's "Big 6" will be squaring off in Matchweek 1, but there were several games of note. Everton narrowly avoided relegation last season and looked to kick off the year in a big way with a win over Chelsea on Saturday. They were unable to complete the upset at home, losing 1-0.
Looking ahead, West Ham is hosting City on Sunday, Aug. 7 at 11:30 a.m. ET. The Hammers nearly topped Manchester United in the table last year, but still qualified for the UEFA Europa Conference League tournament. That won't be an easy opener for the defending league champions, but there's another reason why that's a game to watch.
When is Erling Haaland's English Premier League debut?
Haaland is set to make his English Premier League debut against West Ham on Sunday, Aug. 7 at 11:30 a.m. ET. After coming over from Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund, he'll have a ton of eyes on him as he's one of the best young players in the world. He had a rough outing against Liverpool in the FA Community Shield, which included this egregious miss, so it'll be interesting to see how adapts to life in England.
How will the 2022 World Cup affect the English Premier League schedule?
With the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar taking place in November rather than the usual time of summer, leagues around the world will be taking a pause to allow players to compete on soccer's grandest stage.
The EPL will have its last round of games on the weekend of Nov. 12 and 13 before pausing games until Boxing Day on Dec. 26. If a Premier League player makes it to the World Cup Final, they will have only eight days to recover since the last game of the tournament is scheduled for Dec. 18.
English Premier League Matchweek 1 odds
Here's a look at the betting odds for each contest in Matchweek 1, with all odds courtesy of our betting partner, PointsBet (road teams are listed first):
Arsenal at Crystal Palace:
Crystal Palace: +325
Liverpool at Fulham:
Southampton at Tottenham:
Nottingham Forest at Newcastle:
Nottingham Forest: +450
Aston Villa at Bournemouth:
Aston Villa: +100
Wolverhampton at Leeds:
Chelsea at Everton:
Brentford at Leicester:
Brighton at Manchester United:
Manchester United: -171
Manchester City at West Ham:
Manchester City: -276
West Ham: +700
Who are the favorites to win the English Premier League title in 2022-23?
The defending champions are expected to reign supreme again in 2022-23. City have the best odds, with one other team also close in the race. Here is the full list, with all odds courtesy of our betting partner, PointsBet:
Manchester City: -150
Manchester United: +3300
West Ham: +25000
Leicester City: +35000
Aston Villa: +35000
Crystal Palace: +50000
Leeds United: +50000
Nottingham Forest: +50000
Brighton & Hove Albion: +50000
Wolverhampton Wanderers: +50000
Editor's note: All odds are provided by our partner, PointsBet. PointsBet is our Official Sports Betting Partner and we may receive compensation if you place a bet on PointsBet for the first time after clicking our links.