English Premier League
English Premier League
The Barclays Premier League or most commonly known as Premier League is England’s top football competition, and in its short history managed to become the top league not only in Europe, but also in the world. Originally there were 22 clubs, now we have only 20 that compete for the champion’s title, though of 45 clubs that competed since the beginning only five managed to win the title: Manchester, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Blackburn Rovers.
It’s still easy to find the best Premier League tips here, as our predictions always offer interesting alternatives for placing bets, don’t ever think that if the championship is mainly decided between two teams there isn’t room for some drama. The Premier League rocketed to fame after it signed a very advantageous television rights deal, and it quickly became the most watched football league in the world, broadcasted to an audience of over 4 billion people, yet in terms of attendance, it still trails behind Bundesliga, with an average of 35,000 people attending the games.
The Premier League formed in 1992 following a common decision from England’s first division clubs to break free from The Football League, which was founded in 1888. Despite initial success, the 1980s marked a really low point in the history as hooliganism was in full force, supporters were treated badly, and on top of everything else all English clubs were banned from European competitions following the Heysel tragic events from 1985.
English clubs had times to regroup and after UEFA lifted the ban in 1990, stadiums were improving their safety standards, by upgrading their seats and also signing advantageous TV right deals that would allow them to get really good foreign players to rebuild the trust of their supporters. As the numbers of attendance continued to rise, the clubs agreed to sign a bill that would allow them to form the FA Premier League, and would grant them financial autonomy to negotiate sponsorship agreements and own broadcast territories.
Since Premier League had 22 clubs, and was still doing so well with their national team, the order of playing games turned out to be too exhausting, and thus they had to comply to one of FIFA’s regulations that specified that all domestic leagues must diminish the number of games they play and allow a few days between international and national features so that the players have time to regroup and give it their best. Even though the rule asked for 18 teams, Premier League refused to accept it, and only limited the number of teams to 20, starting with 1995-1996 season, when it changed its name from FA Premier League to just Premier League, and later to Barclays Premier League.
As previously mentioned, Premier League has 20 teams, and the one with most points at the end of the season wins the title as there are no playoffs. There is no such thing as overtime, the result that is recorded at the end of a game is the one of 90 minutes plus the time added for eventual interruptions in the game play. If after 38 games there are an equal number of points between the first two teams, they are separated by the most goals scored and then there is a playoff to settle the difference.
Every year the teams that finish on the last three places of Premier League are relegated into the Championship, and the impact of such action is huge, as it not only drops the chances of good TV revenues, but also diminishes the marketing deals. The usual number of points that keep a club above relegation is 40 points.
Even if the top spot competition is decided between two teams, the one for the European places is really tight, which allows Pinnacle Sports to make room for really effective Premier League odds and a wide range of great in-live betting tips.
Only the top three qualify directly in the groups of Champions League, the fourth has to play a qualifying round; and the fifth one is allowed to play in Europa League also, here should be added that the FA Cup winner and the League Cup winner also qualify for Europa League. The competition for the top spots is fierce because, in addition to team pride and bragging rights, there are millions of dollars that a team receives for participating in Champions League.
Money has always played a huge part in the success of Premier League, and even though now the majority of clubs are in debt because of their taxes, it doesn’t seem to matter in the long run, as of now; Manchester City has become the public displays of riches in the league after they were bought by Abu Dhabi United Group since 2008 and since then gave the unlimited amounts of money to buy the best players. The other teams may not have this kind of owners, but their sponsorship deals with various famous companies offer them plenty of opportunities.
Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United took the top of the sponsorship table with over 20 million pound they receive from Standard Chartered, Eithad Airways and AON. Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham don’t come even close on the shirt deals, as their respective sponsors, Emirates, Samsung and Autonomy & Investec, give around the 13.5 million pounds. General Motors will double its Premier League presence as it signed Liverpool a few months after being Manchester United’s partners. Another important sponsor is Carlsberg, who signed a three years deal to become Barclays Premier League official beer, years after it sponsored the national team of England, Denmark and also Tottenham.
- The first Premier League scorer was Brian Dean, who scored for Sheffield United in his team’s victory against Manchester United in 1992.
- Chelsea became the first Premier League team to start a game with a team made of international players in 1999, when they managed to beat Southampton.
- Manchester United had 12 clean sheets in the 1994 campaign, a record which still remains unbeaten.
- The fastest red card was received by Kevin Pressman from Sheffield Wednesday, after just 13 seconds of being on the field in his team’s game against Wolverhampton in 2000.
- Fastest goal was scored by Gareth Morris for Ashton United in 2001 during the game against Skelmersdale United – in 4 seconds, during a FA cup game.