The Premier League season is fast approaching and, as teams go through their preseason preparations, it’s time for fans to do the same. The fixture list has been released and, although matches later in the season will be moved around for TV scheduling, and to make space for continental commitments, supporters now know who their teams will be facing as the season kicks off.

As the league returns, punters will look to bet on Premier League at once again. We’ve taken a quick look at the opening fixtures of the league season, to predict how each team might start the season.

Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal

Away to another London club, on a Friday night, to get the season underway. It’s a familiar story for Arsenal fans, who saw their club open the 2021-22 season with a loss to Brentford under the lights. They’ll be hoping for better this time round, but Patrick Vieira’s side won’t make things easy for them. The Frenchman’s outfit impressed last season, and look set for another summer of smart, young signings to strengthen the side.

Fulham vs. Liverpool

Fulham face the unenviable task of hosting Jürgen Klopp’s side to kick off the first Saturday of the season. Marco Silva is a talented manager, and he’ll look to make things difficult for Liverpool but, even without Sadio Mané, most will expect Liverpool to have too much for the Cottagers.

Bournemouth vs. Aston Villa

An intriguing matchup, as Scott Parker’s side host Villa. Aston Villa are an ambitious side, and Steven Gerrard’s team will be seen as favourites by many, but Bournemouth were a dangerous outfit in the Championship, and if Villa take the game to them then they could pose a significant danger on the counter.

Leeds vs. Wolves

Leeds will be hoping for a calmer season in the top flight, as Jesse Marsch comes off the back of a full preseason with his side, he’ll be looking to imprint his identity on the Leeds squad after the Marcelo Bielsa era. Leeds are expected to do significant business in the summer, and Bruno Lage’s Wolves side will likely need to be switched on right from the start of the season if they want to avoid a disappointing defeat.

Newcastle vs. Nottingham Forest

After a summer of strong spending Newcastle will be looking to make a statement in this game, and showcase their ambitions by blowing Nottingham Forest away. Steve Cooper has amassed a reputation as something of a miracle worker, but keeping Forest up will be a real test of his managerial chops. A result at Newcastle, even if it’s just a point, would go a long way to setting the right kind of tone for the rest of the season.

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Southampton

Off the back of winning the race for top four last time out, Tottenham will be hoping to ride that tide of positivity into the new season with a good result at home to Southampton to kick things off. Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side have gone under the radar over the last two seasons, and look set for something of a rebuild over the summer. A strong showing at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium would be the perfect way to kick off a new era.

Everton vs. Chelsea

Frank Lampard will host his former side as the late kick off on the first Saturday of the new season. Everton will be hoping to maintain the positive momentum they had at the end of the season, as they escaped relegation. Chelsea, who are expected to have significantly rebuilt their squad by the start of the season, will be looking to start strong, and avoid showing any weaknesses early on.

Leicester vs. Brentford

Leicester have hit something of a stall under Brendan Rodgers, and the Northern Irishman could do with a run of good form early on during the season to bring the feel-good factor back to the King Power Stadium. Brentford’s surprisingly comfortable survival went somewhat unnoticed last year, but they’ll be happy to continue that trend this season by frustrating the Foxes.

Manchester United vs. Brighton

All eyes will be on Old Trafford, Sunday afternoon, when Erik ten Hag’s side host Brighton. After drifting aimlessly for the best part of a decade, Red Devils fans will be hoping Ten Hag can get the club moving in the right direction. However, Graham Potter’s side have made something of a habit of upsetting the apple cart, and his side will be looking to make life difficult for their hosts at Old Trafford.

West Ham vs. Manchester City

David Moyes’ side were the dark horses for Europe last season and, although they didn’t get the final continental place on the last day of the season, they showed themselves to be well-drilled and smartly set up. That’s unlikely to change this season, but they start their campaign hosting the defending champions and, with a revamped frontline, Pep Guardiola’s side will be looking to blow the Hammers away to kick the season off in style.