It’s been three weeks, and the result is still unbelievable. Bayern Munich did lose in Minsk last round. The same team that’s tearing through the Bundesliga lost to BATE Borisov, one of the bigger upsets in Champions League history.
The result keeps the group a three-team race, even after Lille’s early fade. It also means the day’s most important match isn’t Bayern’s visit to LOSC’s new Grand Stade. It’s the one in Belarus.
BATE Borisov (Belarus) vs. Valencia (Spain)
Dinamo Stadium, Minsk, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
After wins at Lille and versus Bayern, Belarusian champions top the group with six points. While their results have been upsets, they haven’t been squeaked out, smash-and-grab jobs. Far from it. BATE have a +4 goal difference, have scored three of their six goals in their matches’ first 23 minutes, and have yet to concede before the hour mark. They haven’t trailed in the tournament, only spending 29 minutes on even footing with their opponents.
So BATE’s likely to be around longer than we expected. It’s only right that we take some time to better know some of their key contributors:
28-year-old striker Vitali Rodionov will lead the attack. Over the course of his career with BATE, he’s been good for one goal every two league games. In this year’s tournament, he’s scored in each game.
Alyaksandr Volodko’s Champions League success earned the defensive midfielder a callup for to the Belarus national team, for whom he debuted last week. The 26-year-old has a goal and two assists while playing on the left of a three-man unit in front of the defense.
Edhar Alyakhnovich has a goal and an assist playing on the right in BATE’s midfield. Like Volodko, Alyakhnovish started his career at Dinamo Brest before moving to Borisov (he moved in 2010, Volodko’s been with BATE since 2008). Against Lille, Alyakhnovich completed 52 passes (second on the team) at an 87 percent clip.
As with most upsets, the goalkeeping has been huge. Andrey Harbunow, in his first season with BATE, has had to make 12 saves during over the first two games, during which time the Belarusians were outshot 46-18.
In previous matches, BATE was aided by the element of surprise. They came into the competition as minnows. When they beat Lille, they opened eyes, but it wasn’t until their upset of Bayern that people really started to take note. Now, they’re this year’s APOEL Nicosia – the Cypriot club that made a Cinderella run to last year’s knockout round.
Valencia is unlikely to become the third team to overlook FC BATE. Coming off a convincing victory over Lille, Los Che can go top with a win in Minsk. It’s an opportunity few thought they’d have when the tournament started, but with back-to-back games against BATE, Mauricio Pellegrino’s team have a chance to take control of the group.
Coming off a dramatic league victory over Athletic Bilbao, Valencia can use this match to regain some of the swagger the showed during strong performances at the Santiago Bernabeu (1-1), Nou Camp (0-1), and Allianz Arena (1-2).
From BATE head coach Viktor Goncharenko:
” It is hard to say if we would be happy with a draw. We could definitely say so afterwards, though it depends if we were ahead or conceded first.”
From Valencia head coach Mauricio Pellegrino:
“[O]ur defence has to be more reliable. We cannot afford too many defensive mistakes against BATE, and I think it is time to win away at last.”
Rebuild versus reload. It’s a dichotomy that has cliché when talking about U.S. college sports. Some programs are so good at getting new talent, they don’t rebuild after their best players graduate (read: forgo their last three seasons of eligibility). Those programs just reload – bringing in a new class of top-flight talent, never missing a beat.
The explosion in sports media that’s occurred over the last 20 years has pushed that cliché beyond college sports. Rebuild versus reload is asked whenever a team starts descending in their success cycle. When old cornerstones are phased out for new figureheads, is a team reloading? Or completely rebuilding?
Lille and Bayern are perfect illustrations of this dichotomy – examples of why some clubs’ successes go in phases while others are perpetual powers.
Bayern’s European royalty. Even attempts to spend the club into insignificance (in the 1980s) couldn’t knock FCB off their pedestal in Germany. Thanks to wealth and reputation that give Bayern the pick of Bundesliga talent, Bayern doesn’t rebuild. They reload. Currently two years without a title, FCB has raced out to a perfect 8-0-0 start in Germany.
Lille, on the other hand, has been forced into a rebuild. Two years ago, LOSC claimed their first league title in 47 years with the help of players like Eden Hazard, Gervinho, Moussa Sow, Yoann Cabaye and Adil Rami. With all of those stars gone, Rudi Garcia’s squad’s been forced to rebuild, seemingly unable to hold on near the top of their league while their new stadium’s virtues to take hold.
It’s not too late, though. Lille currently sit 11th in France, but the season’s still young. Although they’ve won only two of their nine league matches, they’ve also only lost two games, one of which was to Paris Saint-Germain. If Garcia can get more production out of Nolan Roux, Salomon Kalou, Ryan Mendes and (or) Tulio de Melo (a quartet that’s combined for four goals this season), Lille can convert draws into victories.
While it would be nice if that process started on Tuesday, Lille’s problem is the bigger picture. Bottom of their group with no points through two matches, LOSC may have too much ground to make up in Champions Legaue. Against a Bayern team smarting from a shock loss in Belarus, progress will be as important as points.
From Lille head coach Rudi Garcia:
” We are playing one of the biggest sides in Europe so we will have to give it 120% and Bayern will have to have an off day if we want to get a positive result. It is David against Goliath. “
From Bayern head coach Jupp Heynckes:
” LOSC are one of the best teams in France, regardless of the league table. They are well organised and have a good structure.”
With nine teams currently separated by four points, from 20th to 12th places, the 2022-23 Premier League relegation scrap is not only set to last until the final day, but the final two months of the season are sure to be one of the wildest roller-coaster rides of all time.
Three clubs will be relegated from the Premier League (and replaced by three teams from the EFL Championship, of course) at season’s end. Never before have this many clubs been this close to the bottom-three, and the bottom of the table, at this point of a season.
How many games remaining between relegation candidates?
There are 23 remaining head-to-head matchups between the nine teams currently in the relegation battle.
Crystal Palace: 8 games (1 against every other team)
Wolves: 4 games
Leeds: 5 games
Everton: 4 games
Nottingham Forest: 4 games
Leicester: 6 games
West Ham: 5 games
Bournemouth: 6 games
Southampton: 4 games
Remember: you can watch all 380 Premier League games across NBC, USA Network, NBCSports.com and Peacock. We’ve got you covered.
Will Manchester City win yet another Premier League title? Can Arsenal push them all the way? Will Chelsea and Liverpool recover to finish in the top four? Can Manchester United’s new-look side surge into the title race? What about Tottenham? How will the new boys get on? Who will be the surprise package?
Those questions will be answered from August 2022 to May 2023, with the full list of Premier League fixtures.
While below are the answers to all of the questions you have around the Premier League fixtures and everything else you need to know for the upcoming season, with full details on the Premier League TV schedule across the NBC family of channels and more.
The Premier League fixtures for the 2022-23 season were announced on Thursday June 16, 2022 at 4am ET. Below is the full schedule, as you can watch all 380 games across our NBC platforms.
The Premier League fixture computer decides who plays who and when, as teams located close to one another are usually playing at home on opposite weekends to help with policing, crowd control and transport congestion in those areas.
When will the Premier League take a break for the 2022 World Cup?
When will the 2022-23 Premier League season finish?
The final day of the season will be on Sunday, May 28, 2023.
Which teams will compete in the 2022-23 Premier League?
These are the 20 teams which will compete in the Premier League for the upcoming season:
Arsenal, Aston Villa, Bournemouth, Brentford, Brighton and Hove Albion, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Fulham, Leeds United, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Nottingham Forest, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, Wolverhampton Wanderers
2:45pm: AFC Bournemouth v Brighton
2:45pm: Leeds v Nottingham Forest
2:45pm: Leicester vs Aston Villa
3pm: Chelsea vs Liverpool
Wednesday 5 April
3pm: Man United v Brentford
3pm: West Ham v Newcastle
Saturday 8 April
7:30am: Man Utd v Everton
Aston Villa v Nottingham Forest
Brentford v Newcastle
Fulham v West Ham
Leicester v AFC Bournemouth
Spurs v Brighton
Wolves v Chelsea
12:30pm: Southampton v Man City
Sunday 9 April
9am: Leeds v Crystal Palace
11:30am: Liverpool v Arsenal
Saturday 15 April
7:30am: Aston Villa v Newcastle
Chelsea v Brighton
Everton v Fulham
Southampton v Crystal Palace
Spurs v AFC Bournemouth
Wolves v Brentford
12:30pm: Man City v Leicester
Sunday 16 April
9am: West Ham v Arsenal
11:30am: Nottingham Forest v Man Utd
Monday 17 April
3pm: Leeds v Liverpool
Friday 21 April
3pm: Arsenal v Southampton
Saturday 22 April
7:30am: Fulham v Leeds
Brentford v Aston Villa
Crystal Palace v Everton
Leicester v Wolves
Liverpool v Nottingham Forest
Sunday 23 April
9am: AFC Bournemouth v West Ham
9am: Newcastle v Spurs
Postponed due to European action
Man Utd v Chelsea
Brighton v Man City
Tuesday 25 April
2:30pm: Wolves v Crystal Palace
2:45pm: Aston Villa v Fulham
2:45pm: Leeds v Leicester
Wednesday 26 April
2:30pm: Nottingham Forest v Brighton
2:45pm: Chelsea v Brentford
2:45pm: West Ham v Liverpool
3pm: Man City v Arsenal
Thursday 27 April
2:45pm: Everton v Newcastle
2:45pm: Southampton v AFC Bournemouth
3:15pm: Spurs v Man Utd
Saturday 29 April
7:30am: Crystal Palace v West Ham
Brentford v Nottingham Forest
Brighton v Wolves
12:30pm: Arsenal v Chelsea
Sunday 30 April
9am: AFC Bournemouth v Leeds
9am: Fulham v Man City
9am: Man Utd v Aston Villa
9am: Newcastle v Southampton
11:30am: Liverpool v Spurs
Monday 1 May
3pm: Leicester v Everton
Wednesday 3 May
3pm: Liverpool v Fulham
3pm: Man City v West Ham
Thursday 4 May
3pm: Brighton v Man Utd
Saturday 6 May
AFC Bournemouth v Chelsea
Spurs v Crystal Palace
Wolves v Aston Villa
12:30pm: Liverpool v Brentford
Sunday 7 May
9am: Man City v Leeds* subject to possible Champions League schedule
11:30am: Newcastle v Arsenal
2pm: West Ham v Man Utd
Monday 8 May
10am: Fulham v Leicester
12:30pm: Brighton v Everton
3pm: Nottingham Forest v Southampton
Saturday 13 May
Arsenal v Brighton
Aston Villa v Spurs
Brentford v West Ham
Chelsea v Nottingham Forest
Crystal Palace v AFC Bournemouth
Everton v Man City
Leeds v Newcastle
Leicester v Liverpool
Man Utd v Wolves
Southampton v Fulham
Saturday 20 May
AFC Bournemouth v Man Utd
Brighton v Southampton
Fulham v Crystal Palace
Liverpool v Aston Villa
Man City v Chelsea
Newcastle v Leicester
Nottingham Forest v Arsenal
Spurs v Brentford
West Ham v Leeds
Wolves v Everton
Sunday 28 May
16:00 Arsenal v Wolves
16:00 Aston Villa v Brighton
16:00 Brentford v Man City
16:00 Chelsea v Newcastle
16:00 Crystal Palace v Nottingham Forest
16:00 Everton v AFC Bournemouth
16:00 Leeds v Spurs
16:00 Leicester v West Ham
16:00 Man Utd v Fulham
16:00 Southampton v Liverpool
Who’s looking like title contenders and/or favorites?
As we head into the final months of the 2022-23 season, Arsenal and Manchester City are looking head and shoulders above the rest and although Manchester United briefly surged into the picture, they look more likely to cement their spot as the third best team in the Premier League.
Uneven Tottenham are hanging in the top four battle and for the moment have hunted down Newcastle, while Liverpool is back in the Champions League picture after their return to form and Chelsea looks like a top six finish is their ceiling. For now.
Surprising Fulham, Brentford, and Brighton are all hanging around on the periphery with fine campaigns. Can one of them surprise and qualify for Europe?
Who are the candidates for relegation?
Southampton, West Ham, and Bournemouth currently occupy the relegation places but that keeps changing all the time and it is so tight at the bottom of the table.
Nottingham Forest, Leicester City, Wolves, Leeds, Everton and Crystal Palace all find themselves within a few points of the bottom three as the race to stay in the Premier League intensifies. This could be the craziest relegation scrap in Premier League history.
Below you will find the latest Premier League table.
The Premier League relegation scrap needs some serious paring down, as a remarkably-high nine teams sit within four points of 20th place on the 2022-23 Premier League table.
That means we’re set, at least for now, for more relegation six-pointers than at any time in recent memory — many of them, you’ll see below, will involve Bournemouth — and the odds are in favor of a relatively surprising team heading down to the Championship.
Leicester City: Palace (A), Villa (H), Bournemouth (H), Man City (A), Wolves (H), Leeds (A), Everton (H), Fulham (A), Liverpool (H), Newcastle (A), West Ham (H)
West Ham: Southampton (H), Newcastle (H), Fulham (A), Arsenal (H), Bournemouth (A), Liverpool (H), Palace (A), Man Utd (H), Brentford (A), Leeds (H), Leicester (A)
Nottingham Forest: Wolves (H), Leeds (A), Villa (A), Man Utd (H), Liverpool (A), Brighton (H), Brentford (A), Southampton (H), Chelsea (A), Arsenal (H), Palace (A)
Leeds: Arsenal (A), Forest (H), Palace (H), Liverpool (H), Fulham (A), Leicester (H), Bournemouth (A), Man City (A), Newcastle (H), West Ham (A), Spurs (H)
Everton: Spurs (H), Man Utd (A), Fulham (H), Palace (A), Newcastle (H), Leicester (A), Brighton (A), Man City (H), Wolves (A), Bournemouth (H)
Southampton: West Ham (A), Man City (H), Palace (H), Arsenal (A), Bournemouth (H), Newcastle (A), Forest (A), Fulham (H), Brighton (A), Liverpool (H)
Bournemouth: Fulham (H), Brighton (H), Leicester (A), Spurs (A), West Ham (H), Southampton (A), Leeds (H), Chelsea (H), Palace (A), Man Utd (H), Everton (A)
Key fixtures that will decide the Premier League relegation scrap
Saturday, March 18: Wolves 2-4 Leeds – RECAP/HIGHLIGHTS
Saturday, April 1: AFC Bournemouth vs Fulham — 10am ET
Saturday, April 1: Crystal Palace vs Leicester — 10am ET
Saturday, April 1: Nottingham Forest vs Wolves — 10am ET
Sunday, April 2: West Ham vs Southampton — 9am ET
Tuesday, April 4: Leeds vs Nottingham Forest — 2:45pm ET
Saturday, April 8: Leicester vs AFC Bournemouth — 10am ET
Saturday, April 8: Leeds vs Crystal Palace — 12:30pm ET
Saturday, April 15: Southampton vs Crystal Palace — 10am ET
Saturday, April 22: Crystal Palace vs Everton — 10am ET
Saturday, April 22: Leicester vs Wolves — 10am ET
Sunday, April 23: AFC Bournemouth vs West Ham — 9am ET
Tuesday, April 25: Wolves vs Crystal Palace — 2:30pm ET
Tuesday, April 25: Leeds vs Leicester — 2:45pm ET
Thursday, April 27: Southampton vs AFC Bournemouth — 2:45pm ET
Saturday, April 29: Crystal Palace vs West Ham — 7:30am ET
Sunday, April 30: AFC Bournemouth vs Leeds — 9am ET
Monday, May 1: Leicester vs Everton — 3pm ET
Saturday, May 6: Nottingham Forest vs Southampton — Time TBD
Saturday, May 13: Crystal Palace vs Bournemouth — Time TBD
Saturday, May 20: West Ham vs Leeds — Time TBD
Sunday, May 28: Crystal Palace vs Nottingham Forest — Time TBD
Sunday, May 28: Everton vs AFC Bournemouth — Time TBD
Sunday, May 28: Leicester vs West Ham — Time TBD
Premier League relegation odds (As of March 28, 2023)