10 key matches and dates that will help decide the Premier League title race

Following the release of Premier League fixtures for the 2022-23 season, Mirror Football takes a closer look at key fixtures and where to win and lose the title next season.

Manchester City recorded a fourth Premier League title success in five years last season

Just as the dust started to settle last season, the Premier League matches for the 2022-23 season have been released, sparking renewed excitement about what lies ahead.

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City took their fourth Premier League title in five years in a tumultuous season that had just ended, leaving Liverpool to one point on the post. A dramatic 3-2 win on Aston Villa’s final day saw City claim another crown, while the Reds were left to look back at where it all went painfully wrong, and wonder what if?

Following the highly anticipated release of next season’s Premier League schedule, mirror football see what are expected to be the most important encounters and where the league title can be won and lost. With City adding Erling Haaland to their ranks and Liverpool signing Darwin Nunez, the 2022-23 season already looks bigger, better and more dramatic than ever before.

Manchester United v Liverpool (Week 3 – 20 August)

The first standout encounter for either of the two Premier League favorites arrives on matchday 3 and it is a Premier League classic. After traveling to Fulham on opening day of the season before welcoming Crystal Palace to Anfield in Week 2, Liverpool should be well warmed up on the weekend of 20 August for their trip to Old Trafford to overcome the rivalry with longtime foes Manchester United to renew.

The Reds humiliated United 5-0 in this game last season, but the Red Devils have been given new hope after the appointment of Erik ten Hag at the helm. The match-up should, on paper, be the first big test for Liverpool, who risk seeing City take an early lead in the Premier League title race if they go to United.

Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur (Week 7 – 10 September)

Harry Kane defeated City in a stunning 3-2 win for Tottenham at the Etihad last season



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After what appears to be a fairly easy six-game opening, City’s first major test is scheduled for Day 7, when Guardiola’s side welcome Antonio Conte’s Tottenham to the Etihad. City will have good reason to be cautious about this after last season’s exciting events.

The Spurs doubled down on the Manchester men, including a Harry Kane-inspired 3-2 win over City’s own patch. Guardiola will be well aware that his side could build a commanding lead at the top of the Premier League in the early stages of the season and the Spaniard will be determined to avoid hitting a bump in the road when their bogey team from north london comes to visit.

Liverpool v Manchester City (Week 11 – 15 October)

Mohamed Salah scored one of the goals of the season as Liverpool tied 2-2 with City at Anfield last season

Fans won’t have to wait too long to see the top two of the Premier League battle it out next season, as the first mouth-watering clash between Liverpool and City arrives in mid-October. The pair completed two Premier League classics when they met last season, with both games ending 2-2.

Liverpool will look back on those two encounters as pivotal in determining the outcome of the Premier League title race, so this time they hope to get the upper hand over their all-powerful rivals. With a passionate Anfield crowd behind them, Klopp’s side will desperately try to take advantage on their home turf. The Liverpool game is part of a nightmarish October calendar for City, which also includes matches with United and Arsenal.

Chelsea v Manchester City (Week 19 – January 2)

After an unprecedented one-month hiatus between mid-November and mid-December to host the World Cup in Qatar, Premier League games return thick and fast on Boxing Day. City, in particular, look set to be put to the test over the festive season, as late December’s encounters against Leeds and Everton are followed by a difficult trip to Stamford Bridge.

Guardiola’s squad is tentatively scheduled to travel to Chelsea on Monday, January 2, for the third game of a hugely busy seven days. With the demands of the World Cup and the clustered Christmas calendar expected to take their toll, Guardiola should certainly be challenged as the Spaniard may be forced to rely on his substantial team depth. This one can be decisive.

Manchester United v Manchester City (Week 20 – 14 January)

The big games keep coming for City in the new year. The crucial match with Chelsea is followed by FA Cup pledges before Guardiola’s side faces the small matter of the Manchester derby.

City travel to Old Trafford on the weekend of January 14 with the intention of once again beating their fierce city rivals and continuing an anticipated attack on the title. While Guardiola’s side comfortably beat United in the pair’s two Premier League encounters last campaign, United could very well be a very different proposition under Ten Hag. These are tasty too.

Liverpool v Chelsea (Week 21 – 21 January)

Liverpool are keen to capitalize on potential City failures in January, especially as their run of games after the Premier League resume looks favourable. The Reds will take on Villa, Leicester, Brentford and Brighton from Boxing Day, after which another blockbuster duel follows.

Klopp’s side welcome Chelsea to Anfield at the end of January in what is expected to be another crucial game. Liverpool played both games against the Blues last season, so we will be well aware that three points in this game will be an important boost. With City possibly slipping against Chelsea or United earlier this month, it could be key in the title race.

Manchester City v Liverpool (Week 29 – April 1)

Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola are ready for another exciting title race next season



With the Premier League season effectively entering the home front, Liverpool and City will once again close their hands in one of the biggest games of the 2022-23 season. If last season has anything to offer, expect the two Premier League titans to be neck and neck at this stage as the title race heats up.

The duo played an exciting 2-2 draw at the Etihad last season and City will try to maintain their lead over their opponents at home. Both Liverpool and City were in ruthless form towards the end of last season, so this could be one of the few chances for a late title race next season.

Manchester City v Arsenal (Week 33 – 26 April)

Matchday 33 is arguably one of the most eye-catching games in the 2022-23 Premier League calendar. Sandwiched between two busy weekends of action in the Premier League, both City and Liverpool face challenging matches.

While the Reds have a tough trip to West Ham, City welcome Arsenal to the Etihad. With only a handful of games left at this stage, neither side will be able to afford to drop points. Could Guardiola’s former apprentice Mikel Arteta play a part in derailing City’s final stage title battle?

Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur (Week 34 – 29 April)

Liverpool will try to avoid another title setback against Tottenham next season



A matter of days after Liverpool’s midweek duel with West Ham, Klopp’s side face another game with London opponents in the form of Tottenham. The Reds slipped to Spurs with a 1-1 draw at Anfield in the late stages of the season, just behind them – a result that proved costly in retrospect.

Klopp’s side will be desperate to avoid another setback against Conte’s men so late in the season as they look to disrupt City’s dominance by claiming a second Premier League crown in four years. This match proved decisive in determining the destination of last season’s Premier League trophy – will history repeat itself next time?

Manchester City v Chelsea (Week 37 – 20 May)

A run of 12 unbeaten Premier League games at the end of the 2021-22 season proved crucial for City to regain a league crown as Guardiola’s side made the most of what was a favorable run-in on paper. The next campaign, however, City will not afford such a luxury.

Before City close the curtain on their Premier League campaign with a trip to Brentford, City face the daunting prospect of welcoming Chelsea to the Etihad. Should Guardiola’s men be neck and neck with Liverpool – who play Villa and Southampton in their last two – in the Premier League standings, the pressure could be high when the Blues come to visit. City could find that just under three points more than Thomas Tuchel’s side could show them their stronghold for the Premier League title.

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