Premier League season preview: Focusing on the European hopefuls


The 2022-23 Premier League season is almost here and it is time to preview the 20 teams battling it out this season.

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Focusing on the European hopefuls, which teams are most likely to push the ‘big six’ to qualify for European competition?

Below we look at all of the key factors, including their odds to clinch a European spot, key new signings, what these teams are all about and much more.

2022-23 Premier League preview: Focusing on the European hopefuls

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Odds to finish in top 6: +250
Odd to finish in top 4: +800

Key new signings: Sven Botman, Nick Pope, Matt Targett

The gaffer: We know Eddie Howe is a fantastic manager and he proved it by turning around Newcastle’s fortunes very quickly last season. After arriving in November following the takeover of the club, Howe was given plenty of money to spend in January and they spent it wisely. Newcastle added possession and control to their power and Kieran Trippier, Matt Targett and Bruno Guimares were superb in not only pushing the Magpies away from the relegation scrap but also towards a top 10 finish. Howe’s side have momentum heading into this season as they won six of their final eight games. In fact, they won 12 of their final 18 games of the season after winning just one of their first 20. What a turnaround and with Howe having a full preseason to bed in his tactics, possession-based style and adding a few key defensive players, that will make Newcastle an even tougher proposition to beat.

Why you should watch them if your team isn’t playing: They have the likes of Allan Saint-Maximin, Callum Wilson, Bruno Guimares and Miguel Almiron who can do incredible things in attack to win a game on their own. It may be a little too early for them to challenge for European qualification (the bookies don’t think so, though…) but if they can start the season like they finished last season, the positive vibes will be flowing through their fanbase and Howe will get plenty of money to spend at the end of the summer window and then again in January.

Youngster to watch: Elliot Anderson, 19, has played plenty of minutes in preseason and the midfielder has really kicked on after his successful loan at Bristol Rovers last season. Anderson is a Scotland U21 international and Eddie Howe has big plans for him this season.


Odds to finish in top 6: +750
Odd to finish in top 4: +2500

Key new signings: Deniz Undav, Julio Enciso

The gaffer: Graham Potter is one of the best coaches in the Premier League and Brighton are a joy to watch with their fluid movement and lovely possession-based style. He has worked wonders on a shoestring budget and their ninth place finish last season was a huge achievement and their best-ever in the top flight. Potter has lost Dan Ashworth, Brighton’s technical director, to Newcastle and that is a huge blow but they are such a well-run club that things should go smoothly once again. They sold Yves Bissouma to Tottenham and look likely to lose Marc Cucurella, so replacing two of their star players will be key later in the transfer window this summer. The only criticism of Potter and Brighton? They have yet to find that clinical edge in the final third to finish a larger percentage of the wonderful chances they create week in, week out.

Why you should watch them if your team isn’t playing: If you love the beautiful game being played in a beautiful way, watch Brighton. It really is that simple. They caress the ball around the pitch with players moving all over the place and when they’re in full flow it’s a joy to watch. Brighton should be everyone’s favorite second team to watch.

Youngster to watch: Moises Caciedo had a really strong finish to last season and Brighton’s fans love the 20-year-old Ecuadorian. Caciedo will replace Bissouma. Also, Tariq Lamptey is back fit and that is a massive boost for Brighton after he missed a huge chunk of last season.

Leicester City

Odds to finish in top 6: +500
Odd to finish in top 4: +1600

Key new signings: None

The gaffer: Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has a very impressive resume and what he’s achieved with the Foxes over the last three seasons has been nothing short of remarkable. Two fifth-place finishes, and FA Cup trophy, a run to the Europa Conference League semifinals and a Community Shield to go along with three-straight top eight finishes. Not bad? But this feels like a huge few months for Rodgers and Leicester, as his project is in real danger of running out of steam. With legendary goalkeeper and captain Kasper Schmeichel set to leave, plus Youri Tielemans, James Maddison and Wesley Fofana all linked with moves away, this squad is set for a huge overhaul. Given that Rodgers hasn’t signed a single new player this summer, some will worry about Leicester this season but they still have enough quality to easily finish in the top 10. Rodgers is trying to prepare for the time when Jamie Vardy finally hangs his boots up as Patson Daka and Kelechi Iheanacho may well take over this season. The one thing Rodgers will be hoping for this season above all else? No injuries. That wrecked Leicester last season.

Why you should watch them if your team isn’t playing: Because they always seem to cause an upset when the odds are stacked against them. Look at the win against Liverpool last season. With injuries mounting up, they stunned Jurgen Klopp’s side and when Leicester are at their very best they combine their quality on the ball with incredible tenacity and will to win.

Youngster to watch: They don’t have too many youngsters in and around the first team squad but this feels like the season that Patson Daka will truly become a starter. He showed his brilliant pace and finishing ability in stages last season and now he’s settled in, the 23-year-old Zambian striker is set for a breakout campaign.

West Ham United

Odds to finish in top 6: +400
Odd to finish in top 4: +1400

Key new signings: Gianluca Scamacca, Nayef Aguerd, Alphonse Areola

The gaffer: What a renaissance David Moyes is enjoying. The Scotsman is rolling back the years and has led West Ham to sixth and seventh place finishes in each of the last two seasons, with a small squad also impressing in Europe as they reached the Europa League semifinals last season as they lost narrowly to eventual winners Eintracht Frankfurt. Moyes is a pragmatic coach but that doesn’t mean his team aren’t exciting to watch. West Ham can switch between a back three and four whenever they want and they keep things simple: get the ball forward early and wide often and let their key players (Michail Antonio, Jarrod Bowen and now Scamacca) do the damage.

Why you should watch them if your team isn’t playing: They are just fun to watch and always seem to be involved in a handful of crazy 3-2 games. Antonio and Bowen scare the life out of defenders and Declan Rice is the heartbeat of this side. West Ham aren’t the most attractive team to watch but they are one of the most effective and they rarely lose heavily.

Youngster to watch: Flynn Downes, 23, is one to watch as he joined from Swansea this summer and is a very talented ball-playing central midfielder. West Ham aren’t overflowing with young talent but Downes should work into the midfield rotation nicely. Plus, his a lifelong West Ham fan.

Premier League final table: Final standings for 2022-23 season


If it’s the 2022-23 Premier League table you’re after, you’ve come to the right place.

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After the break for the 2022 World Cup, the Premier League returned with a bang and the start to 2023 delivered plenty of fun and it continued into the business end of the season.

Manchester City chased down Arsenal to win yet another Premier League title. Manchester United’s new-look side reclaimed a place in the top four, and so did Newcastle. Brighton and Aston Villa surprised by qualifying for Europe, while Liverpool dips into an unusual competition for its recent standards.

Teams were relegated. Managers were sacked. And here’s how the table looked when all was said and done.

Premier League final table – End of season

Premier League standings

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Leicester relegated despite final day win over West Ham


Leicester City has been relegated to the Championship despite getting the win it needed to have hope of survival: a 2-1 defeat of West Ham United at the King Power Stadium on Championship Sunday.

Leicester entered the day two points back of Everton for 17th place on the Premier League table and got goals from Harvey Barnes and Wout Faes to secure three points, but Everton outlasted Bournemouth 1-0 to match the Foxes and keep them below the dreaded line.


Leicester finishes its season with 34 points in 18th place on the Premier League table.

West Ham, on the other hand, will be forgiven for focusing on the Europa Conference League Final but fought hard for an equalizer even though it only found a Pablo Fornals marker after Leicester had gone ahead two. The Irons finish 14th with 40 points.

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Too little, too late for Foxes

“Too little, too late” may go down as the story of the Foxes season.

Leicester did not get its recruitment plans correct — somewhat forced by Financial Fair Play — and then put too much faith in Brendan Rodgers to make things work.

Dean Smith got some performances out of this men, few better than Sunday, but this ultimately feels like a fait accompli: Sometimes, the whole is less than the sum of its parts. Despite big seasons from Harvey Barnes and James Maddison, this was that.

There’s also the question of playing for a draw against Newcastle on Monday, but let’s not heap criticism on Dean Smith for taking a calculated risk. He deserves better.

Leicester vs West Ham player ratings: Stars of the Show

Leicester vs West Ham player ratings

Harvey Barnes goal video: Leicester lifeline!

Wout Faes goal video: Foxes double the lead

Pablo Fornals goal video: Irons pull one back

How to watch Leicester vs West Ham live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 11:30am ET Sunday
TV Channel: SYFY
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Key storylines & star players

Leicester would love to see Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall and Wilfred Ndidi pass fitness checks, but Dean Smith will have rested and ready Harvey Barnes and James Maddison in a bid to score more goals than the Irons.

West Ham could be seeing the penultimate appearance of Declan Rice in an Irons shirt, as the big-money midfielder is being linked to several big clubs in the Premier League.

Leicester team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: James Justin (calf), Jannik Vestergaard (calf), Wilfred Ndidi (thigh), Caglar Soyuncu (thigh), Ryan Bertrand (other)

West Ham team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Gianluca Scamacca (knee)

Chivas vs Tigres: How to watch live, stream link, updates


Chivas and Tigres square off in Guadalajara on Sunday (kick off 9:25pm ET) as the second leg of Liga MX’s Clausura final should be absolutely epic.


Tied at 0-0 from the first leg of the final in San Nicolas on Thursday, the advantage is with red-hot Chivas as their stunning recent form saw them win their final four games of the Clausura regular season to finish third in the table before beating Atlas and Club America in the playoffs.

Victor Guzman and Alexis Vega are Chivas’ main attacking threats as they will keep it tight defensively and the energy of the home crowd at Akron Stadium should be a huge help as Chivas aim to win their first Clausura title since 2017, when they also beat Tigres in the final.

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Tigres finished seventh in the Clausura standings and beat Toluca and Monterrey to reach the final. The duo of Sebastian Cordova and Andre-Pierre Gignac are their main hope of winning on the road in Guadalajara and lifting the trophy.

Below is everything you need for Chivas vs Tigres, one of whom will be crowned as the Clausura champions on Sunday.

How to watch Chivas vs Tigres live, stream link and start time

Kick off: Sunday, May 28 – 9:25pm ET 
TV Channel: Telemundo, Universo
Online: Stream via Peacock

First leg Tigres vs Chivas video highlights – 0-0

Leeds relegated from Premier League as Harry Kane hits 30-goal mark


Leeds (31 points – 19th place) have been relegated from the Premier League after they were beaten 4-1 by Tottenham at Elland Road on the final day of the 2022-23 season.

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Harry Kane scored twice more to complete his second 30-goal season, as Tottenham (60 points – 8th place) missed out on the Premier League’s final European place with Aston Villa beating 6th-place Brighton to qualify for the Europa Conference League. Now, a painfully pivotal summer of hirings and signings awaits for Spurs.

It was a nightmare start for Leeds, who needed not only a victory of their own but also points to be dropped by both Everton and Leicester above them. Tottenham’s first foray into Leeds’ penalty area ended with Kane hammering the ball past Joel Robles.


New half, same story for Leeds, who conceded once again barely a minute into the second half. Kane turned provider this time, as he lofted a blind ball into the channel for the overlapping Pedro Porro, who barely had a sight of goal with Robles smothering the near post. But, Porro placed a pinpoint strike just inside the far post from a tight angle.

Leeds gave themselves a faint hope when he slotted home after Georginio Rutter picked him out between two defenders in the 67th minute, but Kane answered just two minutes later with his second of the day and the 280th — and potentially final — goal of his Tottenham career.

Leeds United relegation reaction

Club statement:

“Everyone connected with Leeds United is deeply disappointed by the club’s relegation back to the Sky Bet Championship, after three seasons in the Premier League.

“Relegation is painful, and we apologize to our fanbase that the performances this season have not seen the club consolidate our status as we had all hoped.

“However, Leeds United remains in a strong position to build a team that can challenge for promotion from the Championship next season.

“We know things have not been good enough, we know we have to improve, but please be assured that behind the scenes we have worked hard to ensure that the past will not be repeated. Our focus is now on how we get straight back to the Premier League.

“Thank you for your unwavering support for the players and the badge, our objective is to continue to build the club into the one you deserve.”

Stars of the show

Leeds vs Tottenham

Leeds vs Tottenham, final score: 1-4

2nd minute – Harry Kane hammers home Tottenham’s opening goal

47th minute – Pedro Porro places a pinpoint strike inside the far post for 2-0

67th minute – Jack Harrison gives Leeds a late lifeline

69th minute – Harry Kane answers immediately with his 30th goal of the season

90th minute +4 – Lucas Moura adds to Leeds misery with Spurs’ 4th goal

How to watch Leeds vs Tottenham live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 11:30 am ET, Sunday
TV channel: CNBC
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Key storylines & star players

Leeds have had plenty of time opportunities to drag themselves out of the bottom-three and away from the relegation scrap as a whole, but they are now winless in their last eight games (0W-2D-6L) and have won just three of their last 24. Their biggest problem? The Premier League’s worst defensive record in 2022-23 — 74 goals conceded in 37 games. In each of the last four seasons, the side to concede the most goals has been relegated.

With another summer of uncertainty (from the manager to most of the first-team squad) on the cards for Spurs, Sunday could be the final time Harry Kane pulls on the white shirt of Tottenham, following reports this week that he will ask — or perhaps has already asked — to leave the club if a fair offer is made. Kane’s 278 goals make him the club’s all-time record goal scorer, and his departure could signal a full-blown tear-down and rebuild for the incoming manager still to be hired.

Leeds team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Tyler Adams (hamstring – out for season), Luis Sinisterra (ankle – out for season), Patrick Bamford (thigh)

Tottenham team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Cristian Romero (undisclosed), Rodrigo Bentancur (torn ACL – out for season), Hugo Lloris (hip), Eric Dier (hernia), Ryan Sessegnon (thigh), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (undisclosed)

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