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The English Premier League (EPL) is arguably the biggest and best domestic football competition in the world. The EPL contains the best 20 teams in England and Wales that play each other twice (home and away) from August to May in a bid to be crowned Premier League Champions.
The EPL generates approximately €2 billion in television revenue every season which allows its clubs to attract the best players from around the globe. The English Premier League is the most-watched sports league in the world and boasts iconic clubs such as Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea.
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English Premier League History
The English First Division ran from 1888 until 1992 and had a history that is as rich and dramatic as any other major league in Europe. Great teams that have graced the league include Tottenham Hotspur in the early 1960's, Manchester United in the late 1960's, Leeds United in the early 1970's, Nottingham Forest of the mid to late 70's, plus the phenomenal Liverpool teams of the 1970's and 80's.
Birth Of The Premier League
The English Premier League was formulated in the early 1990s, at a time when English football was struggling to rediscover its identity. The tragedies of Heysel and Hillsborough had severely tarnished English football’s image and reputation, and its subsequent lengthy ban from European competition had severely hindered its development.
Around that time, a fledgling satellite broadcasting company called Sky TV working to purchase TV rights for English football games, and were willing to pay for the privilege. Suddenly, the formation of a breakaway league was a very real possibility.
Taking inspiration from the business models laid down by US sporting competitions like the NFL and the NBA, the Premier League was formed with the 20 teams that made up the tournament all agreeing to break away from the FA and strike their own far more lucrative deals with Sky.
To say that the Premier League has been an unbridled financial success from the start is an understatement; every time that negotiations for TV rights come around, more TV companies from more countries seem to get involved, and in just over 20 years, the figures have gone from the multimillions to the multi-billions of pounds.
The Premier League is awash with cash like no other soccer competition, allowing smaller teams from the bottom half of the table to outbid long-established giants from other countries for the players they want. But the Premier League is not just a moneymaking machine, it is a top-flight football competition featuring some of the very best teams, players and managers in Europe.
The Return Of Manchester United
In 1986, Scotsman Alex Ferguson was given the job of managing the biggest and wealthiest football club in the British Isles, Manchester United. At that point, United were very much a "Sleeping Giant" when it came to winning the league, last lifting the old Division 1 championship in 1967.
Ferguson came to Manchester with an impressive record, having turned Aberdeen into a force in Scottish football, one capable of getting the better of those long-established Glasgow giants Celtic and Rangers, winning both the Scottish league (three times) and Europe’s UEFA Cup during his eight seasons there.
At United, Ferguson was following in the footsteps of another Scotsman, Sir Matt Busby, the man who put together the exciting young team christened the “Busby Babes”, who rebuilt that team after the tragedy of the Munich Air disaster, and who led United to victory in the European Cup in 1968.
Ferguson took several seasons to establish himself, and was on the brink of being sacked but saved his job in 1990 with a surprise win in the FA cup. In 1991-2, his exciting young team featuring a jet-heeled 17-year-old named Ryan Giggs came close to winning the final Division One Championship, being pipped to the post by Yorkshire rivals Leeds United.
However, as if the brand-new tournament had been set up just for them, United finally won England's football championship when they became maiden Premier League champions in 1993. As is often the case, when a team finally gets over a long championship drought, more success follows, and United would go on to win four of the first five Premier League championships. Their dominance was briefly interrupted in 1995 by Blackburn Rovers.
Blackburn Rovers Win The Premiership
In one of the great stories in English football, Sir Jack Walker, a Blackburn steel magnate and lifelong Blackburn Rovers supporter, sold his company to British Steel in the 1990s for £600 million, then proceeded to buy Blackburn Rovers and spend his fortune on purchasing the best players and recruiting a top manager, his goal being to turn his childhood club into Premier League champions.
Blackburn broke the British transfer record several times with the purchases of elite players like Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton. The management position was filled by Kenny Dalglish, the Liverpool legend who had proved himself to be a great manager as well as a great player by winning the Division I title three times in the 1980s.
Blackburn Rovers deservedly won the Primary League in 1995, playing muscular, all action football, but Dalglish would leave the club at the end of the season, and Blackburn would never scale such heights again. The following season, it was business as usual as Manchester United regained the Premier League title, overcoming Kevin Keegan’s exciting Newcastle United team, who had led the league by 12 points at one time.
Arsene Wenger Takes Charge At Arsenal
In 1997, London club Arsenal recruited a Frenchman named Arsene Wenger to be their new manager, much to the consternation of journalists, TV pundits, not to mention Arsenal fans. Wenger had won France’s Ligue 1 with Monaco, and Japan's fledgling J-League as coach of Grampus Eight. Arsenal chairman David Dein had long been a fan of Wenger, and when Bruce Rioch was sacked after one season, Dein made his move and recruited Wenger.
The Frenchman's impact on English football would be both immediate and long-lasting. Arsenal, once known as "Boring, Boring Arsenal", suddenly became the Brazil of British football, playing a brand of soccer that was electrifying to the watching fans, and overwhelming to opposing teams. In his first season, Wenger won the Premier League and FA Cup double.
Wenger’s Arsenal would win the Premier League twice more in 2002 and 2004. In the 2003-4 season, Arsenal were labelled “The Invincibles” after going all season without defeat. During the first decade of his reign, Arsenal would finish either first or second every season, and twice reached the final of the Champions League.
Roman Abramovich Buys Chelsea
No sooner had Alex Ferguson and Manchester United become accustomed to the Premier League threat imposed by Wenger’s Arsenal, than there was a new kid on the block in the shape of Russian billionaire oligarch Roman Abramovich. In 2003, Abramovich purchased London club Chelsea, and then proceeded to make Jack Walker's exploits at Blackburn Rovers a decade earlier seem like small potatoes.
In 2004, Abramovich recruited a young Portuguese coach named Jose Mourinho who had just taken Porto to the Portuguese league championship and the Champions League, defeating Manchester United along the way. Mourinho was handsome, charismatic, cocky and confident. The press loved him, and his press conferences became must-see events.
Mourinho also proved to be a great manager and an excellent tactician. His Chelsea team cruised to the Premier League title at the first time of asking in 2004-2005, finishing 12 points clear of Arsenal. Chelsea retained their title the following season, this time finishing eight points clear of Manchester United.
However, just when it looked as if Mourinho and Chelsea would dominate the Primary League for as long as they wanted to, he was gone, sacked by Abramovich over a disagreement about players. Abramovich would prove to be an owner with an itchy trigger finger, and in the course of a decade, managers such as Avram Grant, World Cup winner Luiz Felipe Scolari, Guus Hiddink, Carlo Ancelotti, André Villas-Boas, Roberto Di Matteo, and José Mourinho (again) would be given the bullet. Right now, despite winning the Premier League title in 2016 – 17, Antonio Conte could yet become another managerial casualty at Chelsea.
His methods may be brutal, but some would argue that Abramovich’s impatience works, and it’s hard to disagree with five Premier League titles, six FA cups, four League Cups, plus the European Cup Winners Cup, Europa League and Champions League, all won during Abramovich’s time as owner by club who historically had one very little previously.
Sir Alex Ensures Legendary Status
Meanwhile, Alex Ferguson would prove to be a surprisingly pragmatic manager, happy to employ talented assistant coaches who brought new ideas and tactics to the club, including Steve McLaren, Carlos Queiroz and Walter Smith. This approach to management guaranteed that Fergie and Manchester United would stay abreast of the latest coaching methods.
Ferguson wasn’t concerned about recruiting talismanic players with big personalities, and just as Eric Cantona had been an integral part of United’s early Premier League success, Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo would be the player who led United to champion’s league success in 2008.
Sir Alex Ferguson would bow out at the top in 2013 at the age of 71, having just won his 13th Premier League title. Fergie also led United to five FA cup wins, four league cup wins and to Champions League trophies. Since his departure, Manchester United have failed to contest the Premier League title, and indeed struggled to consistently finish in the top four.
The Abu Dhabi United Group Take Charge At Manchester City
In 2008, a wealthy consortium of UAE business people named the Abu Dhabi United Group purchased Manchester City, and immediately set about turning Manchester's second team into a global powerhouse. Following the model laid down by Abramovich, Manchester City spent large amounts of money acquiring top players and hired ambitious young coaches with proven track records to secure them silverware, and after a couple of false starts, City finally landed their first league trophy in more than 40 years, with their down-to-the-wire Premier League win over Manchester United in 2012.
Although Roberto Mancini took City to their first Premier League title in 2012, and Manuel Pellegrini to their second two years later, the manager the Manchester City board had set their sights on was the man regarded as the best coach in the world, former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola. City waited patiently for Guardiola while he took a year’s sabbatical from football after leaving Barcelona, then spent three years as manager of Bayern Munich.
In 2017, City finally got their man, and while his first season in charge was something of a disappointment, Guardiola has thus far made up for it with a sensational sophomore season, and his Manchester City team our currently playing as high a level of football as has ever been seen in both the brief history of the Premier League, and the much longer existence of the English First Division. With Guardiola’s Manchester City as standard bearer, the Premier League has never looked better.
Manchester United and Chelsea have dominated the league during the past decade, with Manchester City now joining the elite alongside Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham who are all regulars in the top six. In 2016 the EPL was the scene of the biggest feel-good story in recent sports history with 5,000/1 outsiders Leicester City running away with the title.
In 2016 the Premier League became home to three of the world´s top managers in Jose Mourinho who took over at Manchester United, Pep Guardiola who became manager of Manchester City and Antonio Conte who took over at Chelsea.
Manchester City were far too strong under Pep Guardiola as they romped home to an easy win in 2017/18, smashing a host of records along the way. Liverpool have did well in the transfer market and made a serious title challenge in 2018/19, compensating by losing the title by one point with victory in the UEFA Champions League.
English Premier League Results
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English Premier League Champions, Runners-up and Third place
Study the list of English Premier League Champions, runners-up and third place finishes to see trends and teams that consistently finish in the top three.
Premier League (1992–present)
|Season||Champions (titles)||Runners-up||Third place|
|2018-19||Manchester City (6)||Liverpool||Chelsea|
|2017-18||Manchester City (5)||Manchester United||Tottenham Hotspur|
|2016-17||Chelsea (6)||Tottenham Hotspur||Manchester City|
|2015-16||Leicester City||Arsenal||Tottenham Hotspur|
|2014-15||Chelsea (5)||Manchester City||Arsenal|
|2013-14||Manchester City (4)||Liverpool||Chelsea|
|2012-13||Manchester United (20)||Manchester City||Chelsea|
|2011-12||Manchester City (3)||Manchester United||Arsenal|
|2010-11||Manchester United (19)||Chelsea||Manchester City|
|2009-10||Chelsea (4)||Manchester United||Arsenal|
|2008-09||Manchester United (18)||Liverpool||Chelsea|
|2007-08||Manchester United (17)||Chelsea||Arsenal|
|2006-07||Manchester United (16)||Chelsea||Liverpool|
|2005-06||Chelsea (3)||Manchester United||Liverpool|
|2004-05||Chelsea (2)||Arsenal||Manchester United|
|2003-04||Arsenal (13)||Chelsea||Manchester United|
|2002-03||Manchester United (15)||Arsenal||Newcastle United|
|2001-02||Arsenal (12)||Liverpool||Manchester United|
|2000-01||Manchester United (14)||Arsenal||Liverpool|
|1999-2000||Manchester United (13)||Arsenal||Leeds United|
|1998-99||Manchester United (12)||Arsenal||Chelsea|
|1997-98||Arsenal (11)||Manchester United||Liverpool|
|1996-97||Manchester United (11)||Newcastle United||Arsenal|
|1995-96||Manchester United (10)||Newcastle United||Liverpool|
|1994-95||Blackburn Rovers (3)||Manchester United||Nottingham Forest|
|1993-94||Manchester United (9)||Blackburn Rovers||Newcastle United|
|1992-93||Manchester United (8)||Aston Villa||Norwich City|
Football League / Football League First Division (1888-1992)
|Season||Champions (titles)||Runners-up||Third place|
|1991-92||Leeds United (3)||Manchester United||Sheffield Wednesday|
|1990-91||Arsenal (10)||Liverpool||Crystal Palace|
|1989-90||Liverpool (18)||Aston Villa||Tottenham Hotspur|
|1988-89||Arsenal (9)||Liverpool||Nottingham Forest|
|1987-88||Liverpool (17)||Manchester United||Nottingham Forest|
|1986-87||Everton (9)||Liverpool||Tottenham Hotspur|
|1985-86||Liverpool (16)||Everton||West Ham United|
|1984-85||Everton (8)||Liverpool||Tottenham Hotspur|
|1983-84||Liverpool (15)||Southampton||Nottingham Forest|
|1982-83||Liverpool (14)||Watford||Manchester United|
|1981-82||Liverpool (13)||Ipswich Town||Manchester United|
|1980-81||Aston Villa (7)||Ipswich Town||Arsenal|
|1979-80||Liverpool (12)||Manchester United||Ipswich Town|
|1978-79||Liverpool (11)||Nottingham Forest||West Bromwich Albion|
|1976-77||Liverpool (10)||Manchester City||Ipswich Town|
|1975-76||Liverpool (9)||Queens Park Rangers||Manchester United|
|1974-75||Derby County (2)||Liverpool||Ipswich Town|
|1973-74||Leeds United (2)||Liverpool||Derby County|
|1972-73||Liverpool (8)||Arsenal||Leeds United|
|1971-72||Derby County||Leeds United||Liverpool|
|1970-71||Arsenal (8)||Leeds United||Tottenham Hotspur|
|1969-70||Everton (7)||Leeds United||Chelsea|
|1967-68||Manchester City (2)||Manchester United||Liverpool|
|1966-67||Manchester United (7)||Nottingham Forest||Tottenham Hotspur|
|1965-66||Liverpool (7)||Leeds United||Burnley|
|1964-65||Manchester United (6)||Leeds United||Chelsea|
|1963-64||Liverpool (6)||Manchester United||Everton|
|1962-63||Everton (6)||Tottenham Hotspur||Burnley|
|1961-62||Ipswich Town||Burnley||Tottenham Hotspur|
|1960-61||Tottenham Hotspur (2)||Sheffield Wednesday||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|1959-60||Burnley (2)||Wolverhampton Wanderers||Tottenham Hotspur|
|1958-59||Wolverhampton Wanderers (3)||Manchester United||Arsenal|
|1957-58||Wolverhampton Wanderers (2)||Preston North End||Tottenham Hotspur|
|1956-57||Manchester United (5)||Tottenham Hotspur||Preston North End|
|1955-56||Manchester United (4)||Blackpool||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|1953-54||Wolverhampton Wanderers||West Bromwich Albion||Huddersfield Town|
|1952-53||Arsenal (7)||Preston North End||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|1951-52||Manchester United (3)||Tottenham Hotspur||Arsenal|
|1950-51||Tottenham Hotspur||Manchester United||Blackpool|
|1949-50||Portsmouth (2)||Wolverhampton Wanderers||Sunderland|
|1948-49||Portsmouth||Manchester United||Derby County|
|1947-48||Arsenal (6)||Manchester United||Burnley|
|1946-47||Liverpool (5)||Manchester United||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|1938-39||Everton (5)||Wolverhampton Wanderers||Charlton Athletic|
|1937-38||Arsenal (5)||Wolverhampton Wanderers||Preston North End|
|1936-37||Manchester City||Charlton Athletic||Arsenal|
|1935-36||Sunderland (6)||Derby County||Huddersfield Town|
|1934-35||Arsenal (4)||Sunderland||Sheffield Wednesday|
|1933-34||Arsenal (3)||Huddersfield Town||Tottenham Hotspur|
|1932-33||Arsenal (2)||Aston Villa||Sheffield Wednesday|
|1931-32||Everton (4)||Arsenal||Sheffield Wednesday|
|1930-31||Arsenal||Aston Villa||Sheffield Wednesday|
|1929-30||Sheffield Wednesday (4)||Derby County||Manchester City|
|1928-29||The Wednesday (3)||Leicester City||Aston Villa|
|1927-28||Everton (3)||Huddersfield Town||Leicester City|
|1926-27||Newcastle United (4)||Huddersfield Town||Sunderland|
|1925-26||Huddersfield Town (3)||Arsenal||Sunderland|
|1924-25||Huddersfield Town (2)||West Bromwich Albion||Bolton Wanderers|
|1923-24||Huddersfield Town||Cardiff City||Sunderland|
|1922-23||Liverpool (4)||Sunderland||Huddersfield Town|
|1921-22||Liverpool (3)||Tottenham Hotspur||Burnley|
|1920-21||Burnley||Manchester City||Bolton Wanderers|
|1919-20||West Bromwich Albion||Burnley||Chelsea|
|1914-15||Everton (2)||Oldham Athletic||Blackburn Rovers|
|1913-14||Blackburn Rovers (2)||Aston Villa||Middlesbrough|
|1912-13||Sunderland (5)||Aston Villa||The Wednesday|
|1911-12||Blackburn Rovers||Everton||Newcastle United|
|1910-11||Manchester United (2)||Aston Villa||Sunderland|
|1909-10||Aston Villa (6)||Liverpool||Blackburn Rovers|
|1908-09||Newcastle United (3)||Everton||Sunderland|
|1907-08||Manchester United||Aston Villa||Manchester City|
|1906-07||Newcastle United (2)||Bristol City||Everton|
|1905-06||Liverpool (2)||Preston North End||The Wednesday|
|1904-05||Newcastle United||Everton||Manchester City|
|1903-04||The Wednesday (2)||Manchester City||Everton|
|1902-03||The Wednesday||Aston Villa||Sunderland|
|1901-02||Sunderland (4)||Everton||Newcastle United|
|1899-1900||Aston Villa (5)||Sheffield United||Sunderland|
|1898-99||Aston Villa (4)||Liverpool||Burnley|
|1897-98||Sheffield United||Sunderland||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|1896-97||Aston Villa (3)||Sheffield United||Derby County|
|1895-96||Aston Villa (2)||Derby County||Everton|
|1894-95||Sunderland (3)||Everton||Aston Villa|
|1893-94||Aston Villa||Sunderland||Derby County|
|1892-93||Sunderland (2)||Preston North End||Everton|
|1891-92||Sunderland||Preston North End||Bolton Wanderers|
|1890-91||Everton||Preston North End||Notts County|
|1889-90||Preston North End (2)||Everton||Blackburn Rovers|
|1888-89||Preston North End||Aston Villa||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
English Premier League Total Titles Won
There are 24 clubs who have won the English title with Manchester United the most successful ahead of Liverpool and Arsenal.
|1||Manchester United||20||16||1907-08, 1910-11, 1951-52, 1955-56, 1956-57, 1964-65, 1966-67, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2012-13|
|2||Liverpool||18||14||1900-01, 1905-06, 1921-22, 1922-23, 1946-47, 1963-64, 1965-66, 1972-73, 1975-76, 1976-77, 1978-79, 1979-80, 1981-82, 1982-83, 1983-84, 1985-86, 1987-88, 1989-90|
|3||Arsenal||13||9||1930-31, 1932-33, 1933-34, 1934-35, 1937-38, 1947-48, 1952-53, 1970-71, 1988-89, 1990-91, 1997-98, 2001-02, 2003-04|
|4||Everton||9||7||1890-91, 1914-15, 1927-28, 1931-32, 1938-39, 1962-63, 1969-70, 1984-85, 1986-87|
|5||Aston Villa||7||10||1893-94, 1895-96, 1896-97, 1898-99, 1899-1900, 1909-10, 1980-81|
|6||Sunderland||6||5||1891-92, 1892-93, 1894-95, 1901-02, 1912-13, 1935-36|
|6||Manchester City||6||5||1936-37, 1967-68, 2011-12, 2013-14, 2017-18, 2018-19|
|8||Chelsea||6||4||1954-55, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2009-10, 2014-15, 2016-17|
|9||Newcastle United||4||2||1904-05, 1906-07, 1908-09, 1926-27|
|10||Sheffield Wednesday||4||1||1902-03, 1903-04, 1928-29, 1929-30|
|11||Wolverhampton Wanderers||3||5||1953-54, 1957-58, 1958-59|
|11||Leeds United||3||5||1968-69, 1973-74, 1991-92|
|13||Huddersfield Town||3||3||1923-24, 1924-25, 1925-26|
|14||Blackburn Rovers||3||1||1911-12, 1913-14, 1994-95|
|15||Preston North End||2||6||1888-89, 1889-90|
|16||Tottenham Hotspur||2||5||1950-51, 1960-61|
|17||Derby County||2||3||1971-72, 1974-75|
|21||West Bromwich Albion||1||2||1919-20|
|30||Queen's Park Rangers||0||1|
English Premier League UEFA Champions League & Europa League qualification
The top four teams in the Premier League automatically qualify for the UEFA Champions League group stage. If English clubs win the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League to qualify for the UEFA Champions League group stage, the fourth-placed team in the Premier League will compete in the UEFA Europa League as no more than five teams from any country can qualify for the Champions League.
The fifth-placed team in the Premier League and the FA Cup winner qualify for the UEFA Europa League group stage. If the FA Cup winner finishes in the Premier League top five, the team that finishes sixth qualifies.
The winner of the EFL 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 this happens, the spot reverts to the team that finished sixth in the Premier League or seventh if the FA Cup result already caused the sixth-placed team to qualify.
English Premier League Betting Odds
Every major bookie will offer Premier League betting odds well ahead of time due to the popularity of the competition. EPL outright and futures markets include top goalscorer, Premier League winner, top four, top six, relegation and top half / bottom half.
Individual match betting odds include match winner, first goalscorer, anytime goalscorer, handicap, total goals over/under, BTTS and win to nil.
Some other markets to keep in mind for the Premier League are which team to score first, half time score and last goalscorer.
English Premier League Free Bets
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English Premier League Fixtures
Stay up to sate with all the English Premier League fixtures which is essential for EPL teams competing in the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, FA Cup, EFL Cup and FIFA Club World Cup. Short turnarounds and managers prioritising different competitions can often provide plenty of value in the Premier League betting markets.
English Premier League Table
Regularly check the English Premier League table to see what teams are climbing the table and which clubs are on a free fall. Home and away records are also essential for spotting teams in form or out of form which was play a big role in how you choose which teams to back.
The 2018/19 Premier League table shows just how close it was between Manchester City and Liverpool, while Huddersfield United lost 28 of their 38 matches and fully deserved to get relegated.
English Premier League Bet of the Day
Our English Premier League bet of the day is available throughout the season and could come from a number of betting markets including win, draw, handicap, total goals, player markets including first goalscorer and anytime goalscorer.
English Premier League Live Streaming
Watch the Premier League anywhere you can get an internet connection with live streaming. Live streaming gives EPL fans the opportunity to watch a match on a mobile device like a smart phone, tablet or laptop computer.
The bet365 live streaming service is one of the best ways to watch football on the go. Bet365 offer live streams for a number of sports including football, tennis, cricket and horse racing. 18+, geo-restrictions apply, for full terms and conditions please visit bet365.
English Premier League Highlights & Replays
Be sure to watch all the English Premier League highlights & replays when you can't watch all the games from start to finish. Watching highlights will give you more information that analysing stats and reading match reports.
Many clubs have their own youtube channels where you can watch highlights, player interviews and special features:
English Premier League News
Get up to the minute English Premier League news from the official Premier League website. This will keep you in the loop with player injuries, suspensions and rescheduled fixtures so you can stay one step ahead.
Today’s sports betting fan is knowledgeable about teams and managers in the Premier League and more aware of the importance of form, injuries and head-to-head guides on the outcome of the game.
English Premier League Transfer Rumours
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English Premier League Social Media
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