Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes his side can striker a telling blow against keen London rivals Arsenal in their Premier League clash this afternoon. The Blues are nine points clear of Arsenal, who thrash Chelsea 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium earlier in the season. Conte is not taking winning the EPL for granted if they […]
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The Premier League is an English professional league for men’s association football clubs. At the top of the English football league system, it is the country’s primary football competition. Contested by 20 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the English Football League (EFL; known as “The Football League” before 2016–17). Welsh clubs that compete in the English football league system can also qualify.
The Premier League is a corporation in which the 20 member clubs act as shareholders. Seasons run from August to May. Teams play 38 matches each (playing each team in the league twice, home and away), totalling 380 matches in the season. Most games are played on Saturday and Sunday afternoons; others during weekday evenings. It is colloquially known as the Premiership and outside the UK it is commonly referred to as the English Premier League (EPL).
The competition formed as the FA Premier League on 20 February 1992 following the decision of clubs in the Football League First Division to break away from the Football League, which was founded in 1888, and take advantage of a lucrative television rights deal. The deal was worth £1 billion a year domestically as of 2013–14, with BSkyB and BT Group securing the domestic rights to broadcast 116 and 38 games respectively. The league generates €2.2 billion per year in domestic and international television rights. In 2014/15, teams were apportioned revenues of £1.6 billion.
The Premier League is the most-watched sports league in the world, broadcast in 212 territories to 643 million homes and a potential TV audience of 4.7 billion people. In the 2014–15 season, the average Premier League match attendance exceeded 36,000, second highest of any professional football league behind the Bundesliga’s 43,500. Most stadium occupancies are near capacity. The Premier League ranks third in the UEFA coefficients of leagues based on performances in European competitions over the past five seasons.
While 47 clubs have competed since the inception of the Premier League in 1992, only six have won the title: Manchester United (13), Chelsea (5), Arsenal (3), Manchester City (2), Blackburn Rovers (1) and Leicester City (1). The current champions are Leicester City, who won the title in 2015–16.
Liverpool have succumbed a tough start to 2017 but a top-four finish is still a realistic possibility for the Reds. The reasons below show why the Anfield giants can finish in top four this season. Sadio Mane’s return Embed from Getty Images //embed.gettyimages.com/embed/633204356?et=Zrmk9MZKQ2leqQj1dR6KKA&viewMoreLink=off&sig=n-WPdmenfvkwz3STlZr1GGyPvIZyHVjWqsh16wvJ0YY=&caption=true The Senegalese return to Anfield is a welcome news for Reds manager […]
According to media outlets making the rounds, Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard had reportedly back to his boyhood club this week to begin his role as Liverpool Academy Coach. The former England international looked glad to be back on the training pitches as he enjoyed his first day in his new role as the Reds Academy […]
Arsenal fans had looked forward to a convincing win over Watford after their club thrashed Southampton 5-0 in the FA Cup and had hoped to close the gap on Chelsea ahead of the trip to Stamford Bridge this weekend. The Gunners, second on the league table and nine points behind leaders Chelsea, had the opportunity […]
Tottenham’s Mousa Dembele remains optimistic that if his side do not back-down, they would outrun Chelsea and win the Premier League title. Spurs has been unable to claim the title since their first win in 1961, finishing in the third position last season after losing four of their final five matches. Embed from Getty Images […]
Nathan Ake opens up about his first conversations with Antonio Conte following his return to Chelsea from Bournemouth FC this January. Chelsea’s Nathan Ake has revealed the Blues manager Antonio Conte sees him as being able to play in many positions following his return to the Stamford Bridge. The Dutch international was summoned back to […]
Well, well. The Gunners are at it again. they are unlikely to end their 13-year drought to win the Premier League title this season. Here are the reason why: The Emirates club lack of intensity. Embed from Getty Images //embed.gettyimages.com/embed/633194938?et=SqlfclbGTN12j0Fw1EMbjQ&viewMoreLink=off&sig=_6rksi3JJ5RgKUru3Um-JcBMyL3Oq_OlIIPGzZNrJ04=&caption=true Arsenal coming off a 5-0 win over Southampton in the FA Cup fourth round at […]
Here are three reasons why Manchester United can beat Arsenal to a top-four finish Jose Mourinho knows how to win United’s manager Jose Mourinho openly described Gunners manager Arsene Wenger as a specialist in failure during the Portuguese manager press conference in the latest episode of his long-running feud with the Gunners manager. Embed from […]
Former Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard has retired, bringing down the curtain on his 21 years professional career. The 38-year-old whose last club was New York City FC in the Major League Soccer in USA made the announcement on the social media on Thursday. The midfielder who won 106 caps for England made his […]
Arsene Wenger has been taken down a notch as he experiences yet another midfield crisis, the Frenchman is expected to be without Aaron Ramsey for his side Premier League match at Stamford Bridge. Ramsey sustained a calf-injury at during Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Watford on Tuesday and he is unlikely to recover in time for […]