Liverpool continue their charge for their first Premier League trophy in 29 years when they welcome Watford to Anfield on Wednesday night. The Reds failed to take advantage of Manchester United’s injury woes — which forced Solskjaer into making all his three substitutions in the first half — when both sides met last week as […]
Category: Premier League
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.
The Foxes go into this encounter without a permanent manager after parting ways with Claude Puel on Sunday. The Frenchman was sacked due to uninspiring run of results which saw them dropped to 12th position in the League standings. Meanwhile, first-team manager Mike Stowell is set to guide the team later today as the hierarchies […]
Tottenham’s hope of causing an upset in the race for the Premier League glory encountered a huge blow last week when they surprisingly lost to Burnley at Turf Moor stadium. The game was marred by some controversial callings made by centre referee Mike Dean which led to Pochetino’s frustration. The Argentine manager confronted Dean at […]
It’s no longer news that Leicester City have parted ways with Claude Puel following poor strings of result which saw his side lost seven of their last nine Premier League may matches. His last game as the Foxes manager ended in a disappointing 4-1 defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday and the board members couldn’t […]
Chelsea manager is now winless in his last four games against Premier League clubs, hence, he will head into Tottenham’s game with so many questions in his head. Having defeated by Manchester City in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final, Maurizio Sarri continues his quest for first silverware since becoming manager 29 years ago. On the 24th […]
Whenever a manager is not in charge of the dressing room, his players become unwilling to play for him, they will prefer to lose matches, they will ignore manager’s tactical plan and they will try to fast-track the manager’s dismissal. Sadly this appears to be Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri new situation with the club he […]
Former Premier League champions Leicester City have shown Claude Puel the exit door after an unexpected 4-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday. The Foxes conceded the first goal of day but they got back into the game via Jonny Evans’ 61 minute goal but it doesn’t last long as Wilfred Zaha netted a […]
It’s exactly six months that Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois dumped Chelsea for Real Madrid after signing a six-year contract deal with the Spanish giants in a deal worth £31.5m Courtois’ move to Santiago Bernabeu didn’t come as a surprise to Chelsea fans due to the goalie’s behavior towards new deal that was proposed by the […]
The first trophy of the season is set to be lifted as Chelsea and Manchester City compete for the Carabao cup glory at Wembley later today. Manchester City defeated Burton Albion (10 – 0 on aggregate) to get to this stage of the competition while Chelsea laboured through to this stage after beating Tottenham (via […]
Manchester United welcome Liverpool to Old Trafford on Sunday in an encounter which could define who win the League title in May. The Red Devils have so many things at stake as they continue to engage in the battle for a top-four finish. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reshaped United’s season, having brought them out of […]