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Man Utd & Liverpool headline Asian leg of the Premier League pre-season

The Premier League pre-season will be packed with summer tours and tournaments on four continents for the first time in the post-coronavirus world.

Many Premier League clubs will stay in Europe, some will head to North America, while six will fly to Asia and Australia in search of the sun at the expense of unpredictable English weather. 

Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Leeds United, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have announced a large portion of their pre-season friendlies will be taking place in Asia and Australia. 

From Bangkok to Melbourne, let’s have a look at a club-by-club guide of the Premier League’s pre-season fixture list in the build-up to the 2022/23 season.

The highly anticipated Asian Tour kicks off on July 12 with a mouth-watering clash between Man United and Liverpool at the Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok. 

United’s clash against Steven Gerrard’s Villa side at Optus Stadium, Perth, on July 23 will serve to drop the curtain on Premier League clubs’ first visit to Asia since 2019. 

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The Lions have confirmed three pre-season outings, with Gerrard taking his troops to Australia following a 4-0 thumping of lower-league outfit Walsall in their opening summer fixture.

Villa’s premier Australian match-up pits them against familiar adversaries Leeds at the Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, on July 17

From there, Gerrard’s men will jet off towards Queensland to face off A-League side Brisbane Roar at the Queensland Country Bank Stadium on July 20.

And finally, they will lock horns with fierce rivals Man United in Perth on July 23 before heading back to Europe for a Roazhon Park showdown against Rennes on July 30. 

Crystal Palace

Like Villa, Palace’s pre-season got underway with a high-scoring friendly against low-tier English opposition as Patrick Vieira’s team squeezed past Milwall 5-4.

The Eagles’ warm-up campaign will gather momentum in Asia as they prepare to square off last season’s Premier League runners-up Liverpool on July 15. 

Only four days after a handsomely-looking Singapore National Stadium showpiece against the Reds, Vieira’s lads will move to Australia to encounter Man United at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Palace’s final non-European pre-season fixture falls on July 22 when they meet Leeds at the Optus Stadium before flying back to Europe to take on Queens Park Rangers and Montpellier. 

Leeds United

Fresh from a 4-0 demolition of Blackpool, Leeds will be travelling to the Cbus Super Stadium, Robina, for their first-ever clash against Brisbane Roar on July 14.

A pair of exciting pre-season friendlies against Villa and Palace will be coming next, with the first one scheduled for July 17 at the Suncorp Stadium and the second one falling on July 22 in Perth. 

Upon the completion of their Asian Tour, the Whites will return to Europe to take on last season’s Serie A relegation boys Cagliari in their ultimate off-season game. 


Liverpool’s full-packed pre-season gets underway in Thailand as a blockbuster Bangkok Century Cup contest pairs them up with Man United. 

From there, the Reds will go to Singapore for a Standard Chartered Cup clash with Palace to round off their Asian Tour on July 15.

Jurgen Klopp’s men will then return to Europe to take in meetings with RB Leipzig and Red Bull Salzburg ahead of their annual Community Shield curtain-raiser against Manchester City on July 30.

Manchester United

Man United supporters will be keen to see how former Ajax manager Erik ten Hag gets on at their club after taking over from Ralf Rangnick. 

Following five trophyless seasons for the first time in the 21st century, the Red Devils are desperate to get back to where they belong under the highly-rated Dutchman. 

Man Utd’s pre-season plans include four tasty-looking pre-season friendlies against an Australian side and three Premier League rivals, starting with the aforementioned match against Liverpool on July 12.

After a solitary summer fixture in Asia, they will move to Australia to complete their preparations outside European soil. 

United’s Australian journey begins at the Melbourne Cricket Ground with an exciting clash against Melbourne Victory on July 15.

When on the Australian turf, ten Hag’s team will challenge Palace in Melbourne on July 19 and Villa in Perth on July 23.

Tottenham Hotspur

Unlike other Premier League foes, Tottenham will not face any English side during their Asian Tour that commences on July 13 versus Team K League at the Seoul World Cup Stadium.

Spurs will then meet La Liga heavyweights Sevilla at the Suwon World Cup Stadium on July 16 to cap off their adventure in South Korea. 

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