Premier League schedule: Man City to West Ham, Liverpool to Fulham, Forest to Newcastle

Manchester City went from 2-0 to draw 2-2 at West Ham in their penultimate game of the 2021-22 season

Champions Manchester City will face West Ham in the opening weekend of a 2022-23 Premier League campaign which will include a mid-season break for the World Cup in Qatar.

There will be no top-flight matches after the weekend of November 12-13 until December 26 due to the World Cup.

The first match will take place on Friday August 5 when Crystal Palace host Arsenal.

Liverpool play at promoted Fulham, with Nottingham Forest at Newcastle.

Forest are back in the Premier League for the first time since 1998-99.

The World Cup, which will feature England and Wales, kicks off on November 21. The final will take place on December 18, eight days before the Premier League season resumes.

There are no fixtures between the Premier League’s so-called ‘big six’ on the weekend of November 12-13 – the one before the World Cup – following a request from the Football Association.

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Full first round of matches

5 August

Crystal Palace v Arsenal

August 6

Bournemouth v Aston Villa

Everton v Chelsea

Fulham v Liverpool

Leeds United v Wolverhampton

Leicester City v Brentford

Newcastle United v Nottingham Forest

Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton

August 7

Manchester United v Brighton

West Ham United v Manchester City

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Break of more than six weeks

The 2022-23 season has been adjusted to accommodate the 2022 World Cup, which takes place in the middle of the domestic calendar.

It starts a week earlier than normal – 75 days after the last day of the 2021-22 campaign – and ends a week later than usual on May 28.

World football governing body Fifa has already stipulated that the players must be released on November 14 for the World Cup.

This means that the mid-season break will last more than six weeks.

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