Two of the best players in the world could get rare measures of proper acclaim from difficult situations on Tuesday when Manchester City faces Paris Saint-Germain in a UEFA Champions League semifinal second leg at the Etihad Stadium.
For Kevin De Bruyne and Man City, his position as a maestro in Pep Guardiola’s orchestra often has him talked about less than his manager, and City’s expensive list of imports often sees praise drawn to shiny new objects like Phil Foden and Ruben Dias.
But his last few seasons have seen him as a Man of the Match caliber performer in nearly every game, and leading Man City to a final by beating a star-studded previous finalist would force attention on the Belgian midfielder.
Then there’s Neymar, who would produce a second-straight final with attack partner Kylian Mbappe hampered or perhaps even out of the second leg. Beating Man City’s defense in that scenario would be incredibly impressive and further detail his exceptional status in the game.
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Neymar only rivaled by Messi in critical attack stats
Neymar says he’ll give his life to get Paris Saint-Germain past Man City and back into the Champions League final.
The PSG star, 29, is chasing his second European Cup, one that would give Les Parisiens their first. He’s also got the task of overcoming a 2-1 deficit to Man City that will require two goals and terrific defense in Manchester on Tuesday, all with Kylian Mbappe either out or not at 100% health.
Neymar’s club no longer controls its Ligue 1 destiny, behind Lille with three matches left. but the UCL is the apple of PSG’s eye.
“We have a very difficult game against Manchester City, but we have to believe, without thinking what the statistics say about our chances of winning,” Neymar said. “Every Parisian has to believe in us and I’m the first. I’m on the frontline. I’m the first warrior in this battle. I’ll do my best and do everything possible to get through to the final, even if it means dying on the pitch.”
Skeptics will note that they’ve seen Neymar “dying on the pitch” several times a game, the oft-fouled Brazilian’s screams even more notable without crowds in the stadia of Europe.
But the fact is that Neymar has been underappreciated for most of his career. Leaving Barcelona allowed him freedom from Lionel Messi’s shadow but brought on criticism for joining an underappreciated Ligue 1 as well as the eventual spotlight share with Kylian Mbappe.
Perhaps his injuries and suspensions have led critics to overlook his contributions, as Neymar has not played more than 20 Ligue 1 matches in each of his four seasons at PSG and has averaged less than 2500 minutes across all competitions per season.
Still, he has 85 goals and 51 assists in 134 matches for PSG, and he’s been influential in the decisive UCL moments.
Had two assists in the first leg shock of Bayern in Munich
Scored six goals in wins over Leipzig, Man Utd, and Basaksehir after PSG started the group stage with a win and two losses.
Has 20 goals and 12 assists in 28 UCL appearances for PSG, a better return per game than his Ligue 1 numbers
And his injuries really hurt him in the knockout rounds, pun intended, as he missed a decisive exit to Real Madrid in 2017-18 with a broken foot and both legs of the 2018-19 loss to Manchester United.
And forget advanced stats. There are only one or two players in the world who can claim to be at or above Neymar’s influence.
When compared to forwards in Europe’s top five leagues by Football Reference, Neymar ranks in the 99th percentile in shot-creating actions, progressive passes, progressive carries, and dribbles completed.
One of the most lethal aspects of the Lionel Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo era of football is that there has usually one and only occasionally two spots in the top three for Ballon d’Or voting.
That means Kevin De Bruyne has never been on the podium, so to speak, an honor reserved for just eight players since 2010 (Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, Franck Ribery, Manuel Neuer, Neymar, Antoine Griezmann, Luka Modric, and Virgil van Dijk).
That should’ve changed had the award been dealt out last season but may not even happen this season and almost certainly will not if Man City fails to make the UCL final given the seasons of Mbappe, Messi, and perhaps even Romelu Lukaku with the looming EURO.
What’s wild is that three of those names — Xavi, Iniesta, and Ribery — made their Ballon d’Or credentials in Pep Guardiola’s system and that De Bruyne is combining parts of all of their individual roles in his last few seasons.
Maybe some of this is the evolution of Guardiola’s system and perhaps more the free reign given De Bruyne as creator at Man City, but there’s no denying the output.
De Bruyne’s per-90 numbers are different from last year’s interstellar campaign, his xG up and his xA down, but consider this:
He still leads qualified PL leaders (min. 1000 minutes) in xG+xA/90 (0.93).
KDB’s assists-per-90 over the last two seasons is better than Xavi’s record-setting 2008-09 under Guardiola at Barcelona.
De Bruyne has more shots-per-game, key passes per game, and assists this season than Ribery in 2013-14 at Bayern (Pep’s first season there).
Far from comparables in defensive responsibility, KDB is within 0.1 of Iniesta’s 2009-10 tackles per game at Barcelona and is completing (and attempting) more passes than the legendary Spaniard.
He’s also the Premier League leader in assists-per-90 and is 0.93 off of Bruno Fernandes’ xA lead despite playing 900 fewer minutes. Only Harry Kane has more assists (13) than his KDB’s 11, and the Spurs striker has played seven more matches.
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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
There is something somewhat dull about knowing the identity of the 2022 Golden Boot winner, the lone curiosity being the final number of his final tally, we get it, but most of what Haaland is doing this season is simply marvelous and to be admired without much fear.
Haaland’s Premier League-leading 28 goals have him seven goals clear of the next closest challenger: Tottenham’s fantastic and firing Harry Kane.
The Norwegian star piled up 20 goals in a single Premier League season faster than any player in history… by seven games (Kevin Phillips of Sunderland did it in 21). Now he’s within five goals of equalling Kevin Phillips’ record for most goals in a debut Premier League season.
And the later this season goes with him projected so far over the current record, the less chucking is accompanied by marking out the pace (especially considering Haaland was not beaten up by the World Cup, as Norway was not in the tournament). And even though Haaland is currently overperforming his expected goals total, it’s clear that projecting him for the Premier League record is rather realistic.
Haaland may not be likely to hit 50 goals given the schedule congestion to come for Man City, but the Premier League record is very well under assault and that figure isn’t entirely absurd. He’s played in 23 of Man City’s 24 games, scoring 26 goals.
Mohamed Salah holds the 38-game season record with his 32 goals scored for Liverpool during the 2017-18 season, while Newcastle’s Andy Cole and Blackburn’s Alan Shearer bagged 34 during 42-game seasons in the 20th century’s final decade.
Haaland also could topple the record for goal involvements (goals plus assists) in a single season, including beating the 42-game record. Alan Shearer put up 47 over 42, while Thierry Henry holds the 38-game record with 44.
Other records that Haaland could legitimately tie or topple:
30 goals in a first Premier League season (Kevin Phillips, Sunderland, 1999-2000)
Goals in 24 different Premier League matches (Salah, Liverpool, 2017-18)
Most goals in a Premier League match (Five tied with five)
11-straight Premier League games with a goal (Jamie Vardy, Leicester, 2014-15)
Read on to see the latest Premier League goal totals for the 2022-23 season, as Haaland looks to claim a Golden Boot in his first PL season.
The Premier League winners are yet to be determined for the 2022-23 season but there is going to be one epic battle to decide who are crowned champions.
With Arsenal leading the way but Manchester City set to hunt them down in the final months of the current campaign, it makes you think back to some of the great teams, and champs, in years gone by.
From Manchester United’s legendary treble winning side to the Leicester City fairytale and Arsenal’s Invincibles, there have been so many amazing title winners over the 30 seasons of the Premier League.
1992-93: Manchester United
1993-94: Manchester United
1994-95: Blackburn Rovers
1995-96: Manchester United
1996-97: Manchester United
1998-99: Manchester United
1999-00: Manchester United
2000-01: Manchester United
2002-03: Manchester United
2006-07: Manchester United
2007-08: Manchester United
2008-09: Manchester United
2010-11: Manchester United
2011-12: Manchester City
2012-13: Manchester United
2013-14: Manchester City
2015-16: Leicester City
2017-18: Manchester City
2018-19: Manchester City
2020-21: Manchester City
2021-22: Manchester City
Kevin De Bruyne’s gaudy assist numbers give rise to any number of considerations, and we have to wonder if the Manchester City star has ever wondered if the Premier League record would be his in a world in which Jose Mourinho found better use for him at Chelsea.
De Bruyne’s 12 assists this Premier League season are two more than his nearest competitors — Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka — and give him 98 for his career. That’s fifth all-time, two more than Dennis Bergkamp and 64 (?!) behind record holder Ryan Giggs.
The Belgian star, 31, arrived at Chelsea from Werder Bremen at the age of 22 and managed only 425 in a half-season before being offloaded to Wolfsburg. Back in the Bundesliga, De Bruyne got six assists the rest of the way before setting up 21 goals the next season to set up a move to Man City.
He’s since won the nascent Premier League Playmaker of the Season Award twice, including a 20-assist 2019-20 season, and he’s on pace to make it three of six. Harry Kane, Mohamed Salah, and Eden Hazard have also won the award, which is only five years old.
De Bruyne also led the Premier League in assists in 2016-17, the year before the league but a name on the honor.
His stats hint that there’s more to come, as ‘KDB’ is creating a gaudy 3.61 chances per 90 minutes. After a season in which he scored 15 times with eight assists, De Bruyne is back taunting those who’d dare chase him in terms of setting up goals (Some guy named Erling Haaland is helping…).