How to Bet on the English Premier League - All you need to know about betting on the EPL
Learn how to beat the bookies by betting on the English Premier League
Backing Manchester City and Liverpool in the 2018-19 EPL season led to consistent profits (Getty Images,)
Betting on the English Premier League (EPL) is one of the most popular forms of online gambling. The English Premier League is broadcast to billions of people around the world with the introduction of online live streaming increasing the ability to watch EPL matches.
There are more bets placed on the English Premier League than the German Bundesliga and Italian Serie A combined. Our Free Tips guide to betting on the English Premier League will explain the fine details to teach you how to beat the bookmakers, build your EPL bankroll and consistently win your bets to maximise profit. Look no further for everything you need to know about how to bet on the English Premier League.
An Introduction to Betting on the English Premier League
English football is the most popular around the world with broadcasters bidding for the rights to show English Premier League matches to audiences worldwide. Football fans and supporters in every corner of the globe are willing to pay for television channels and live online streaming services to watch the EPL.
Some of the best clubs in the world play in the English Premier League including Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Aston Villa, Everton, West Ham United and Newcastle United.
Liverpool, Aston Villa, Manchester United, Nottingham Forest and Chelsea have all won the European Cup which is now known as the UEFA Champions League. English Premier League clubs regularly compete in the latter stages of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, most notably in the 2018-19 season when we saw Arsenal vs Chelsea in the UEFA Europa League Final and Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Champions League Final.
With the money on offer to English Premier League clubs, they are able to afford many of the top football players in the world that makes the competition a fantastic spectacle. EPL clubs shared an apportioned central payment revenue of £2.4 billion in 2016-17.
It’s no surprise that betting on the English Premier League is popular with bookmakers who offer a widespread range of bet types and betting markets for EPL football.
- English Premier League Champions, UEFA Qualification and Relegation
- English Premier League History
- Understanding English Premier League Betting Odds
- How to Win and Profit from English Premier League Betting
- English Premier League Betting Statistics
- Online English Premier League Betting
- English Premier League Live Streaming
- English Premier League Betting Tips & Predictions
English Premier League Champions, UEFA Qualification and Relegation
The English First Division began in 1889 with the English Premier Division as we know it today formed as the FA Premier League on 20 February 1992. The EPL consists of 20 teams who play each other home and away over the course of one season that runs from August to May.
English Premier League Champions
The 20 English Premier League clubs each play 38 matches during the season - 19 at home and 19 away. There are no playoffs at the top of the English Premier League table to determine who qualifies for the UEFA Champions League and Europa League.
Clubs are awarded three points for a win and one for a draw. The club that accumulates the most points after 38 matches are crowned champions. When multiple teams earn the same points they are separated by goal difference, goals scored, head-to-head points, head-to-head goal difference, head-to-head away goals scored and away goals scored.
English Premier League UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League Qualification
England have traditionally been near the top of the UEFA coefficient ranking which are calculated by the performance of teams in UEFA competitions in the previous five years. That means the top four English Premier League clubs automatically qualify for the UEFA Champions League group stage the following season.
The fifth-placed team in the English Premier League automatically qualifies for the subsequent season's UEFA Europa League group stage. The FA Cup winners also qualify for the UEFA Europa League group stage, unless the FA Cup winner also finished in the top five in the Premier League in which case the place reverts to the team that finished sixth.
The winner of the English League Cup qualifies for the UEFA Europa League second qualifying round, unless the winner already qualified for a UEFA competition via the Premier League or FA Cup. If that occurs the spot reverts to the team that finished sixth in the English Premier League, or seventh if the FA Cup result caused the sixth-placed team to qualify.
English Premier League Relegation
The clubs that finish in the bottom three positions in the English Premier League are automatically relegated to England football’s second division, known as the EFL Championship or English Championship. The top two teams from the EFL Championship are promoted to the Premier League with the third team promoted after a series of play-offs involving the third, fourth, fifth and sixth placed clubs.
English Premier League History
The English First Division ran from 1889 until 1992 and had a history that is as rich and dramatic as any other major league in Europe. Great teams like Tottenham Hotspur in the early 1960s, Manchester United in the late 1960s, Leeds United in the early 1970s, Nottingham Forest in the 1970s and the dominant Liverpool teams of the 1970s and 80s all helped in the growth of English football.
The English Premier League was founded in 1992 when English football was still reeling from the Heysel and Hillsborough tragedies. Those unfortunate incidents had severely tarnished English football’s image and caused English clubs to be banned from European competitions.
Satellite broadcasting company Sky TV wanted to pay for the TV rights for English football games, using the business models laid down by US sporting competitions like the NFL and the NBA. The English Premier League was formed with the 20 teams all agreeing to break away from the FA and strike their own lucrative deals with Sky.
In 1986 Alex Ferguson was appointed manager of Manchester United, then the biggest and wealthiest football club England. United won England's football championship when they became maiden English Premier League champions in 1993. Manchester United would go on to win four of the first five EPL championships. Their dominance was briefly interrupted in 1995 by Blackburn Rovers.
Arsene Wenger took charge of Arsenal in 1997 and won the English Premier League and FA Cup double in his first season. The Gunners would win the EPL in 2002 and 2004, with Wenger’s 2003-04 team known as “The Invincibles” after going all season without defeat.
Russian businessman Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea in 2003, recruited a young Portuguese coach named Jose Mourinho who took Chelsea to the English Premier League title at the first time of asking in 2004-05. Five EPL titles, six FA cups, four League Cups, European Cup Winners Cup, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Champions League titles were all won during Abramovich’s time as owner.
Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo moved to Manchester United and helped the Red Devils achieve UEFA Champions League success in 2008. Alex Ferguson bowed out at the top in 2013 at the age of 71 having just won his 13th Premier League title.
In 2008 the Abu Dhabi United Group purchased Manchester City and spent large amounts of money acquiring top players. City landed their first league trophy in more than 40 years in 2012. They had more success, but hiring the man regarded as the best coach in the world in 2017, former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola, took them to the next level.
Guardiola’s Manchester City team played as high a level of football as was ever seen in the English Premier League. His Manchester City team won their third Premier League title in 2017-18 with five games to spare.
They broke a number of records including most points (100), most wins (32), most away wins (16), most goals (106), most consecutive league wins (18), highest goal difference (+79), most passes in a game (903), fewest minutes behind in matches (153 minutes) and biggest winning points margin (19).
The 2018-19 English Premier League season was one to remember, Manchester City winning the title again after winning their last 14 league games. Guardiola’s side retained the title on the final day of the season, finishing on 98 points, one in front of Liverpool who finished runners-up on 97 points.
Liverpool’s tally was the highest total in English top-flight history for a second-placed team. Manchester City would go on to become the first English team to complete a domestic treble with wins in the 2018-19 English League Cup and the 2018-19 FA Cup.
English Premier League Player Records
The English Premier League has featured some of the best footballers to play the game. Gareth Barry, Ryan Giggs and Frank Lampard all made over 600 EPL appearances.
The top goalscorer in English Premier League history is Alan Shearer who scored 260 goals for Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United from 1992-2006. Shearer also holds the record for the most Premier League hat-tricks (11), most Premier League penalties scored (56), most Premier League goals scored from inside the box (227) and most Premier League goals in a single match (5).
English Premier League Champions by Club
English Premier League Champions & Runners Up
|2017-18||Manchester City||100||Manchester United||81|
|2012-13||Manchester United||89||Manchester City||78|
|2011-12||Manchester City||89||Manchester United||89|
|1996-97||Manchester United||75||Newcastle United||68|
|1995-96||Manchester United||82||Newcastle United||78|
|1994-95||Blackburn Rovers||89||Manchester United||88|
|1993-94||Manchester United||92||Blackburn Rovers||84|
|1992-93||Manchester United||84||Aston Villa||74|
Understanding English Premier League Betting Odds
Bookmakers offer a number of English Premier League betting odds with almost every possible betting market on offer. Whether you want to bet on individual matches or outright markets (Season Long Bets) that last throughout the season, it’s important you know what all the betting odds mean.
English Premier League Betting Markets
There are a hundreds of football bet types available for each English Premier League match with the most popular as follows:
- Match Result: Selecting the match result at the end of 90 minutes plus added time (Home Win, Draw, Away Win).
- European and Asian Handicap: Selecting the winner in a match with one of the teams given a negative (-1, -2 etc.) or positive (+1, +2 etc.) handicap.
- Total Goals Over/Under: Selecting over or under a specified number of goals to be scored by both teams, normally set at over or under 2.5 goals.
- Both Teams to Score (BTTS): Select Yes or No in this market if you think both teams will score a goal or not.
- First Goalscorer: Selecting which player will score the first goal in a English Premier League match.
For a comprehensive list and detailed descriptions of football bet types, please read our How To Bet On Football - Football Bets Explained guide.
English Premier League Winner Betting Odds
The English Premier League winner odds is an outright market where you bet on who you think will win the English Premier League at the end of the season.
Below we can see an example of English Premier League winner odds before the start of the 2019-20 English Premier League season.
|West Ham United||2000.00|
How to Bet on the English Premier League Winner Market
With Manchester City breaking a number of records in 2017-18 it appeared they would stroll to the title again in 2018-19. It was far from the case as Liverpool pushed them all the way and almost got it done.
There have been some major upsets in the EPL such as Leicester’s remarkable title win in 2016-17 where they were 5000/1 to win the title. There are only few clubs that can realistically challenge Manchester City due to the superior finances available to the club.
The 2019-20 English Premier League Winner betting odds reflect this with Liverpool the only other team given some hope by bookmakers with Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United at longer odds. It’s always advisable to wait approximately 10 matches into the season to get a clearer picture of which clubs can contend for the title.
Odds to win the EPL vary with different bookmakers so it always pays to compare bookies to get the best available odds. The betting odds on any particular team winning the English Premier League title will fluctuate throughout the season which means that value can be obtained at any time.
English Premier League Top 4 Finish Betting Odds
The English Premier League Top 4 finish market is another common EPL outright betting market. If we eliminate Manchester City and Liverpool who are almost guaranteed to finish in the top 4 in the 2019-20 season, there is often plenty of value if you can spot a club that are undervalued.
Clubs that have done well in the transfer market or appointed a new manager could start the season with inconsistent results before going on a long winning run. Their top 4 odds will shorten after each win which is why it’s important to know when to place your bet.
There are a number of other outright betting markets available in the English Premier League such as:
- English Premier League Top 3 Finish
- English Premier League Top 6 Finish
- English Premier League Top 10 Finish
- English Premier League To Finish in Top Half
- English Premier League To Finish in Bottom Half
- English Premier League To Stay Up
English Premier League Relegation Betting Odds
The English Premier League Relegation betting market is an attractive way to be on the EPL. This market is simply selecting a team to get relegated into the English Championship by finishing in the bottom three positions. Clubs that recently won promotion to the Premier League are usually in the discussion with clubs that may have narrowly survived in the EPL the previous season.
There can be fantastic value found in the relegation market midway through the season. Some clubs may have started the season strong but injuries and predictability means they fall into the bottom three and find it hard to escape the drop.
|West Ham United||13.00|
Premier League Points Handicap Market
Another outright betting market in the English Premier League is the points handicap market. Each club is assigned a points handicap from 0 to +40 points and your job is to pick the winner at the end of the season after the handicap has been added to the total points.
English Premier League Top Goalscorer Odds
One of the most popular player betting markets in the English Premier League is the top goalscorer market. Players at the top clubs will always feature prominently in this market as they will score the most goals and spend most of their time on the attack.
From 2000-01 to the 2018-19 season, players from the top six clubs have always finished as top scorer. Arsenal’s Thierry Henry was top scorer four times in 2001-02, 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06.
The 2018-19 season saw three players share the English Premier League top goalscorer award. Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored 22 goals alongside Liverpool’s Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah.
|Harry Kane||Tottenham Hotspur||6.00|
|Sergio Aguero||Manchester City||7.00|
|Raheem Sterling||Manchester City||19.00|
|Gabriel Jesus||Manchester City||26.00|
|Jamie Vardy||Leicester City||26.00|
|Romelu Lukaku||Manchester United||29.00|
|Paul Pogba||Manchester United||41.00|
|Marcus Rashford||Manchester United||41.00|
There are a few factors to take into consideration when planning on who to bet on to be the English Premier League top scorer. These include how well a team is likely to perform, playing style and tactical approach, competition for places in the starting XI and injury history.
English Premier League Top Goalscorers
|2016–17||Harry Kane||England||Tottenham Hotspur||29|
|2015–16||Harry Kane||England||Tottenham Hotspur||25|
|2014–15||Sergio Agüero||Argentina||Manchester City||26|
|2012–13||Robin van Persie||Netherlands||Manchester United||26|
|2011–12||Robin van Persie||Netherlands||Arsenal||30|
|2010–11||Dimitar Berbatov||Bulgaria||Manchester United||20|
|2010–11||Carlos Tevez||Argentina||Manchester City||20|
|2009–10||Didier Drogba||Ivory Coast||Chelsea||29|
|2007–08||Cristiano Ronaldo||Portugal||Manchester United||31|
|2006–07||Didier Drogba||Ivory Coast||Chelsea||20|
|2002–03||Ruud van Nistelrooy||Netherlands||Manchester United||25|
|2000–01||Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink||Netherlands||Chelsea||23|
|1998–99||Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink||Netherlands||Leeds United||18|
|1998–99||Dwight Yorke||Trinidad & Tobago||Manchester United||18|
|1997–98||Dion Dublin||England||Coventry City||18|
|1997–98||Chris Sutton||England||Blackburn Rovers||18|
|1996–97||Alan Shearer||England||Newcastle United||25|
|1995–96||Alan Shearer||England||Blackburn Rovers||31|
|1994–95||Alan Shearer||England||Blackburn Rovers||34|
|1993–94||Andy Cole||England||Newcastle United||34|
|1992–93||Teddy Sheringham||England||Tottenham Hotspur||22|
How to Win and Profit from English Premier League Betting
English Premier League betting is similar to betting on many other major football leagues around the world. There are a different approaches to take when trying to maximise your chances of turning a profit in the EPL:
- Find and identify value
- Specialise in different English Premier League betting markets
- Use a consistent staking method
- Keep a detailed record (spreadsheet) of your bets
- Use accounts with multiple bookmakers
To learn more about the basics of successful and profitable betting, please read our masterclass.
Regular Research, Analysis and Statistics
Bookmakers are experts when it comes to setting English Premier League odds and changing odds depending on where they money is being placed. If you want to stand a chance in beating the bookies you have to spend time doing the work. By work we mean applying consistent and detailed analysis before placing your bets.
Beating the bookmakers in the EPL is not an impossible task but it’s definitely not easy. To succeed you will need to stay up to date with the latest English Premier League news, EPL stats, English Premier League fixtures, injuries and suspensions to key players and head-to-head records.
To do this you need to find and use a wide range of analytical tools and internet sites. Here are our top five websites for English Premier League stats and information:
English Premier League Betting Statistics
The English Premier League is comparable to many top European competitions in relation to home wins, draws and away wins. There is no significant variance in the amount of EPL matches being a draw at halftime or clubs leading at halftime/fulltime.
When it comes to goals scored in the EPL, the 2018-19 season saw 1072 goals scored in 380 matches at 2.82 per game.
|Season||Goals||Games||Goals Per Game|
How often do English Premier League Matches go Over 2.5 Goals?
The Total Goals Over/Under is a popular form of football betting and the EPL is no exception. The following table shows that the percentage of English Premier League matches that went over 2.5 Goals for each team in the 2018-19 season.
|Club||Over 2.5 Goals %|
|West Ham United||50%|
How often do English Premier League Matches go Over 3.5 Goals?
Over 3.5 Goals is another popular form of betting on the English Premier League. The following table shows the percentage of matches that went over 3.5 goals with Arsenal leading the way on 45% and Wolverhampton seeing just 18% of their matches go over 3.5 goals.
The following table shows that the percentage of English Premier League matches that went over 3.5 Goals for each team in the 2018-19 season.
|Club||Over 3.5 Goals %|
|West Ham United||34%|
How often do Both Teams Score (BTTS) in the English Premier League?
The BTTS betting market is another exciting way to bet on the EPL. It eliminates the need to pick a team to win or draw and the bet can be a winner before half time.
As we saw with the over 3.5 goals results, Arsenal and Manchester United lead the way which shows an ability to score goals but also an inability to keep clean sheets. Teams that play open and attacking football are more likely to see BTTS which is something to look for before placing your BTTS bets in the English Premier League.
The following table shows that the percentage of English Premier League matches that saw BTTS for each team in the 2018-19 season.
|West Ham United||47%|
How often do teams Win to Nil in the English Premier League?
The win to nil market is another way to find more value when betting on the EPL, particularly for teams that win a large percentage of their games and have a strong defence. No surprises here in the 2018-19 season where Manchester City and Liverpool lead the way. Only six teams finished above the league average of 21.40% with Manchester United a lowly 13%.
|Club||Win To Nil %|
|West Ham United||16%|
English Premier League Home Advantage
Home advantage in football is an important factor in any league. The size of stadiums can affect visiting teams especially when smaller clubs travel to take on the big guns such as Manchester City, Liverpool. The following table shows how each English Premier League team performed at home in the 2018-19 season.
|Club||Games||Win||Draw||Loss||Goals For||Goals Against|
|West Ham United||19||9||4||6||32||27|
If we look at the top teams in the English Premier League at home, you can see trends starting to occur.
If we look at the English Premier League ‘top six’, we can see they all won over 62% of their home matches in the five seasons from 2014-15 to 2018-19.
Manchester City Premier League Home Record
Liverpool Premier League Home Record
Arsenal Premier League Home Record
Chelsea Premier League Home Record
Tottenham Premier League Home Record
Manchester United Premier League Home Record
Online English Premier League Betting
There are a number of factors you need to take into consideration before selecting online bookmakers to use to bet on the English Premier League.
The first is the markets and odds on offer for EPL matches such as handicap, first goalscorer and win to nil. Does the bookmakers will have the odds on offer for all the markets for every match?
Particular knowledge is required when selecting bookmakers to use for outright markets. Can you cash out during the EPL season? Will the market be available for the entirety of the English Premier League?
Having multiple online betting accounts will give you insurance against technical issues such as maintenance closures and will allows you compare bookmakers to find the best price on offer which is where you can find value.
Opening new online betting accounts will also allow you to take advantage of customer offers such as free bets, cash back and enhanced odds that may be available.
Some other essential information should be taken into account when selecting an online bookmaker for English Premier League betting:
- Bookmaker reputation.
- English Premier League betting markets available.
- English Premier League in-play betting markets and cash out opportunities.
- English Premier League betting odds.
- Mobile betting on English Premier League matches.
- English Premier League promotional offers.
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English Premier League Live Streaming
Two things that have revolutionised sports betting, the introduction of live in-play betting and live streaming. Live in-play betting allows punters the opportunity to bet on a match or game after it has started. For example, if a football match is already in progress, a bettor can still wager on the outcome of the game, but additionally can place a wager on other betting markets such as over/under 2.5 goals.
Live streaming gives the sports fan the opportunity to watch a game or match that they have wagered on in real-time, on a mobile device like a smart phone, tablet or laptop no matter where they are as long as they have a suitable internet connection.
English Premier League games can be live streamed by a number of top online bookmakers. You can enjoy watching live sport on the go with bet365 live streaming, as long as you have a funded sports account or have placed a bet within the last 24 hours. Bet365 have made it simple to switch between the betting markets and live action, meaning wherever you can get an internet signal you can now bet and watch the game.
English Premier League Betting Tips & Predictions
Our English Premier League previews, predictions and betting tips are provided by our EPL experts. Our tips will include selections from head to head, Asian and European handicaps, over/under 2.5 goals, win to nil, BTTS, correct score and first goalscorer markets to help you in beat the bookmaker and build your bankroll.
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