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As European soccer leagues start unprecedented seasons, title predictions remain familiar

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Manchester City's Erling Haaland controls the ball during the FA Community Shield football match between Liverpool and Manchester City at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, England on Saturday 30 July 2022.  (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
With Erling Haaland on board, Manchester City are once again favorites to win the Premier League. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

The English Premier League, German Bundesliga and French Ligue 1 start this Friday 5 August.

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The Spanish La Liga starts on 12 August and the Italian Serie A starts on 13 August.

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Never before have Europe’s top football leagues collectively started this early because never before have they had to develop schedules the way they do for 2022-23.

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They will also finish later than usual because they will have a break of more than a month in mid-November to squeeze into the 2022 World Cup, the first men’s World Cup to take place outside the traditional summer window. FIFA has moved it to late autumn to adjust to Qatar’s threatening heat.

So the leagues were reluctant to revise their calendars. Even the Champions League group stage will start earlier than ever before. Already packed schedules will be further compressed. The cadence of the season will be different.

But the league tables?

They will certainly look like they almost always do, with a select few super clubs rising to the top and exposing the growing inequalities in European football.

There has been speculation among pundits and fans alike that the World Cup, which will add to the strain on top players and provide a welcome respite for others, could benefit mid-sized clubs that are sending fewer players to Qatar.

But Bayern Munich are still the undisputed favorite (-500) in Germany.

PSG -1000 in France.

Juventus and two Milan clubs are in the lead. list of favorites in Italy.

AT England as well as SpainTwo duopolies – Liverpool – Manchester City and Barcelona – Real Madrid – are expected to rule (or, in the case of Barça, return to power).

In other words, no matter how fall 2022 looks, spring 2023 should feel familiar. Here’s a rundown of the highlights from the start of the season.

When do EPL, European leagues start and end?

Big Five dates:

Bundesliga: August 5 – May 27
Premier League: August 5 – May 28
League 1: August 5 – June 3
League: August 12 – June 4
League: August 13 – June 4

When do breaks start and end at the World Championships?

Clubs around the world are required to send their players to the national teams by Monday, November 14, one week before the opening of the World Cup.

As such, most major leagues will play over the weekend of Saturday 12 November and then pause for at least six weeks. Two minor exceptions are La Liga, which will play its second week of November matches on Wednesday instead of the weekend, allowing Spanish players (and others) to arrive for the World Cup a few days early; and the second-tier FA Championship, which will resume on 10 December, while the World Cup play-off stages are still ongoing.

The Premier League will resume on Boxing Day, December 26, eight days after the World Cup final. The rest return shortly after:

League 1: December 28th
League: Dec. 31
League: 4 January
Bundesliga: January 21

And what about the Champions League 2022-23?

In a normal year, the last two matchdays of the Champions League group stage are in late November and early mid-December.

In 2022, the circular phase will end on November 2nd. It will start on September 6th. Games will remain on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, they just moved forward. Here is the full schedule:

Qualifying playoffs: August 16-17 and August 23-24
1 round: September 6-7
2 round: September 13-14
3 round: October 4-5
4 round: October 11-12
5 round: October 25-26
6 round: November 1-2

Round 16 will take place in the same February-March windows as last year. But the quarter-finals were rescheduled for a week, and the semi-finals for another week. The Champions League final is scheduled for June 10, the last scheduled date after the first European Cup final on June 13, 1956.

Who are the favorites?

Liverpool and Man City are the two best teams in Europe. That was the case for most of last season, until City choked out Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final. Both have since rebooted for another run on domestic and continental glory. (More on transfers below.)

PSG and Bayern Munich are their main rivals on the continent. The rest of the contenders are the usual suspects – Real Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Chelsea, Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Atlético Madrid – with the exception of Manchester United, who failed to qualify for the second once every four seasons.

In the meantime, the club most capable of breaking their double hegemony in England may be Tottenham. Antonio Conte has now had a full offseason to shape the Spurs to his liking, and in the past Conte’s full offseason has been a pretty good recipe for success. He won league titles in his first full seasons with Bari, Juventus and Chelsea, and in his second with Inter Milan, he ended Juventus’ streak of nine Scudettos in a row.

What are the biggest transfers of the past summer?

A very partial list of the biggest transfers in an already very busy transfer window that won’t close until September 1st:

Robert Lewandowski | Bayern Munich —> Barcelona
Erling Haaland | Borussia Dortmund -> Manchester City

Sadio Mane | Liverpool —> Bayern Munich
Darwin Nunez | Benfica —> Liverpool
Romelu Lukaku | Chelsea —> Inter Milan (loan)

Raheem Sterling | Manchester City —> Chelsea
Gabriel Jesus | Manchester City —> Arsenal
Mattis de Ligt | Juventus -> Bayern Munich
Aurélien Chuameni | Monaco —> Real Madrid
Antonio Rüdiger | Chelsea —> Real Madrid
Rafinha | Leeds —> Barcelona
Jules Kunde | Seville —> Barcelona
Lisandro Martinez | Ajax —> Manchester United
Paul Pogba | Manchester United —> Juventus
Kalidou Koulibaly Free mp3 download Napoli —> Chelsea
Angel Di Maria | PSG —> Juventus
Frank Kessy | Milan —> Barcelona
Ryan Gravenbirch | Ajax -> Bayern Munich
Niklas Soule | Bayern Munich —> Borussia Dortmund
Richarlison | Everton —> Tottenham
Calvin Phillips | Leeds —> Manchester City
Oleksandr Zinchenko | Manchester City —> Arsenal
Christian Eriksen | Brentford —> Manchester United
Paulo Dybala | Juventus —> Roma
Ivan Perisic | Inter Milan —> Tottenham
Boubacar Camara | Marseille —> Aston Villa
Nico Schlotterbeck Freiburg -> Borussia Dortmund
Karim Adeyemi | RB Salzburg —> Borussia Dortmund
Gleison Bremer | Turin —> Juventus
Nordi Mukiele | RB Leipzig —> PSG
Vitinya | Porto —> PSG
Fabio Vieira | Porto —> Arsenal
Sven Botman | Lille —> Newcastle
Gianluca Scamacca | Sassuolo -> West Ham
Brenden Aaronson | RB Salzburg —> Leeds
Tyler Adams | RB Leipzig —> Leeds

What major transfers could still happen?

A big name to watch out for is Cristiano Ronaldo. In short: he wants to leave Manchester United, but none of the Champions League clubs he wants to play for seem to want to see him.

Where are the best American players this season?

For a decade, American players dropped out of the Premier League. Suddenly they are back in numbers. Here is a complete overview of all relevant players on the US Men’s National Team in Europe.

What and who else is new?

Manchester United have a new coach, Erik ten Hag, who was lured away from Ajax. Like PSG in the person of Christophe Galtier.

Chelsea have a new group of owners led by American Todd Boly, who has taken control of the club’s operations and spearheaded one of the most incoherent summer transfer strategies in recent memory.

English Premier League Predictions

1. Manchester City
2. Liverpool
3. Tottenham
4. Arsenal
5. Chelsea
6. Manchester United
7. Crystal Palace
8. Newcastle
9. West Ham
10. Leicester City
11. Aston Villa
12. Leeds
13. Brighton
14. Wolves
15. Brentford
16. Everton
17. Nottingham Forest
18. Southampton
19. Fulham
20. Bournemouth

Predictions for the German Bundesliga

1. Bayern Munich
2. Borussia Dortmund
3. Bayer Leverkusen
4. RB Leipzig
5. Wolfsburg
6. Borussia Mönchengladbach
7. Mainz

La Liga Predictions

1. Barcelona
2. Real Madrid
3. Atletico Madrid
4. Villarreal
5. Royal Society
6. Real Betis
7. Seville

Serie A Predictions

1. Inter Milan
2. Roma
3. Milan
4. Naples
5. Juventus
6. Atalanta
7. Lazio

How can I watch the top European leagues?

The Premier League is broadcast on NBC networks, mainly in the US and on the streaming service. peacock in English and Telemundo in Spanish. first game, Crystal Palace vs ArsenalFriday at 3:00 pm ET in the US and online.

Bundesliga and La Liga continue. ESPN+ (and very rarely ESPN or ABC). Selected Premier League games are also available on ESPN+.

Serie A and all UEFA competitions – Champions League, Europa League and Conference League – are broadcast on CBS Sports Network and Paramount+. (Like the Scottish Premier League.)

Ligue 1 on beIN Sports and beIN Sports Connect.


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