Premier League fixtures: One week to go

Thursday 08 June 2023 12:44

Manchester United are just one week away from finding out how our Premier League season will begin, and end, for the 2023/24 campaign.

Erik ten Hag’s men will be looking to better 2022/23’s third-placed finish by closing the gap on Arsenal and Manchester City, with the latter crowned champions last term. 

With three teams failing to survive a relentless campaign, two familiar sides make their comeback from the Championship, while a new away day is on the cards for travelling Reds. 

As we count down the days to the fixture release, here are some key things to know about the upcoming Premier League campaign… 

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With Southampton, Leicester, and Leeds unable to maintain their Premier League status, three spots in England’s top tier opened up. 

After being relegated one season prior, Burnley stormed the Championship by winning the title and earning automatic promotion, before going on to rack up 101 points under the guidance of former City defender Vincent Kompany. 

They were followed up by Sheffield United, who also made a swift return to the top flight after two seasons in the league below. They earned an automatic spot alongside Burnley by finishing second in the table. 

Luton Town are the third and final side joining the Premier League - the first time they will compete in the division. The Hatters secured safe passage into the top-flight by defeating Coventry in the play-off final, on penalties, achieving the remarkable feat of going from the National League to the Premier League in just 10 years.

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Along with the incoming trio of promoted clubs, we’ll also see a handful of fresh, though still familiar, faces on the sidelines next season. 

Chelsea have confirmed the appointment of former Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino, taking over from interim manager Frank Lampard after both Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter were sacked for the Blues last term. 

Spurs, meanwhile, have revealed that Ange Postecoglou will take over the reins, after leading Celtic to the Scottish Premier League title and a domestic treble.

Roy Hodgson made a sensational return to Crystal Palace in March until the end of the 2022/23 season, but it remains to be seen whether or not he will continue there into the 2023/34 campaign. 

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Regardless of who our opponent is come the opening weekend of 2023/24, the Reds will no doubt be spurred on by our excellent record in curtain-raisers. 

Of the 23 opening-day games we’ve played since the start of the 2000/01 campaign, United have racked up 17 wins, second only to Chelsea. 

Four losses and two draws make up the remainder of the 23 matches, meaning the odds are in our favour next season. 

The fixtures for the 2023/23 Premier League season will be released at 09:00 BST on Thursday 15 June.