Premier League Betting Tips, Predictions & Strategy

Premier League LogoAs the big daddy of the English football world the Premier League draws the biggest crowds, the highest viewing figures and, of course, the most money. In this section we cover betting tips of every Premier League match day as well as outright winner bets on who will win the league.

Note: Match day coverage is posted a couple of days before the first game.

Premier League Betting Tips – 19th to 21st September 2020

Manchester United Stadium (Old Trafford)

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Manchester United and Manchester City get their 2020-21 Premier League seasons up and running this weekend after they were granted delayed starts due to extended European involvement at the end of last season. With Chelsea and Liverpool both winning on the opening weekend they are already playing catch up, so both will be eager to start with a win.

On Saturday afternoon, United welcome Crystal Palace to Old Trafford, while City travel to Molineux to play Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday. Elsewhere, Premier League champions Liverpool take on Chelsea in a blockbuster game at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon. Before that Everton and WBA kick things off in Saturday’s early game, with the Toffees seeking to build on their excellent win at Tottenham.

Saturday 19th September 2020

Everton v West Bromwich Albion

12:30, BT Sport, Goodison Park

Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton entertain Slaven Bilic’s West Bromwich Albion at Goodison Park this Saturday. The Toffees will want to follow up their impressive win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with another three points on their own patch this weekend.

Everton were excellent at Tottenham Hotspur last Sunday, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin scoring the only goal of the game in the capital. New signings James, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure all looked good in that one and optimism is plentiful on the blue half of Merseyside.

In contrast, West Brom started life back in the Premier League with a tough 3-0 home reverse to Leicester City. Many tipped the Baggies to go down this term and after that performance anyone who backed them in the ante post relegation market will certainly be feeling confident. This should be a routine win for the Toffees so take a punt on the home side to win -1 at nice odds of 7/5.

Leeds United v Fulham

15:00, BT Sport, Elland Road

Two promoted teams clash at Elland Road in the Premier League on Saturday, as Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United welcome Scott Parker’s Fulham to West Yorkshire. Leeds, last season’s EFL Championship champions, are the favourites in this one and they should get their campaign up and running with a win here.

United gave Premier League champions Liverpool a real scare at Anfield last weekend, scoring three times in an eventual 4-3 loss. They were arguably the better side and actually had more possession than the hosts but gave away a silly late penalty that cost them the game.

Like the Baggies, Fulham, have been widely tipped to struggle this term and they also crashed to a heavy 3-0 defeat on the opening day. They hosted Arsenal at Craven Cottage and were three down inside an hour. They weren’t terrible but were outclassed and that may be the case again here against opponents that finished 12 points better off than them last season. We fancy Leeds to be winning at half time and full time (8/5) on Saturday.

Manchester United v Crystal Palace

17:30, Sky Sports, Old Trafford

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Man Utd go head-to-head with Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday. This will be the Red Devils’ first Premier League game since winning 2-0 at Leicester City in July and if they are to mount any sort of serious title challenge games like these must be won.

United head into the new season full of hope and expectation, despite relatively limited transfer activity. Can Ole’s boys challenge the likes of Liverpool and Man City for the Premier League title this term? More signings are sure to follow but right now they look a little short on world class players and another top four finish might be a more realistic aim for them.

Visitors Palace upset the odds last time out as they opened up with a 1-0 home win over Southampton. Both of these teams prefer to play on the break so it will be interesting to see how this pans out. Ultimately it has to be said that United have the better players though and so our money is going on an easy win for the hosts in this one. Back Man Utd to win both halves at nice looking odds of 7/4.

Arsenal v West Ham United

20:00, Sky Sports, Emirates Stadium

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal and David Moyes’ West Ham United square off in an all-London Premier League affair at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday night. The Gunners are the big favourites to collect maximum points on home soil. There is growing faith in the Arteta revolution and with the FA Cup, Community Shield and a new contract for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang all in the bag, confidence will be sky high right now.

As said above, Arsenal cruised to a 3-0 win at Fulham on the opening weekend of the new league season. As for the Hammers, they fell to a disappointing 2-0 home loss to Newcastle United. The Gunners are always strong at home and we like the look of them to win -2 at 10/3.

Sunday 20th September 2020

Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur

12:00, BT Sport, St Mary’s

An action-packed Sunday in the Premier League gets underway at St Mary’s at lunchtime, as Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton host Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham. Both sides started the new campaign with 1-0 defeats and so will be hoping to bounce back and get some points on the board here.

The Saints lost at Crystal Palace, while Spurs were beaten by Everton at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. This will be the fifth meeting between the two clubs in a year, with Spurs winning two of the previous four. The Tottenham win on Sunday is available at 13/10 and looks good value against a team whose high energy game may take a little while to get going this campaign.

Newcastle United v Brighton & Hove Albion

14:00, Sky Sports, St James’ Park

Newcastle and Brighton & Hove Albion meet at St James’ Park in Premier League action on Sunday. Can the Magpies make it six points from a possible six or will the Seagulls earn their first points of the season?

Debutants Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendrick were on the scoresheet in a 2-0 win for Steve Bruce’s Magpies at the London Stadium last weekend. Graham Potter’s Brighton were beaten 3-1 at home by Chelsea and whilst they played very well for large parts of that clash, we fancy Newcastle to take the points from this fixture. Take a look at the tempting price of 5/1 for the United victory and both teams to score.

Chelsea v Liverpool

16:30, Sky Sports, Stamford Bridge

There is absolutely no question as to what is the biggest match of the round. On Sunday afternoon, Frank Lampard’s Chelsea and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool do battle in a heavyweight Premier League matchup at Stamford Bridge. Can the Blues beat the champions to give hope to entire league, or will the Reds leave London with a positive result?

Chelsea won 3-1 at the Amex Stadium in their opener, while Liverpool edged a seven-goal thriller against Leeds. In truth, both sides could have lost, so whilst they got the right results, both managers will have been busy on the training ground. These two clubs have established quite a rivalry in the 21st century and there have already been some mind games between the managers in the build up.

This one could go certainly either way at the Bridge, but we can see the two English giants cancelling each other out in the capital. That would be a result much-cheered in Manchester and north London and given we predict goals it should also be a good one for neutrals too. Chelsea and Liverpool both looked far better in attack than at the back last weekend and so we feel the draw and both teams to score is nicely priced at big odds of 10/3.

Leicester City v Burnley

19:00, BBC One, King Power Stadium

Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester welcome Sean Dyche’s Burnley to the King Power Stadium on Saturday night as live football once again hits the BBC. The Foxes are the favourites on home turf and they will want to once again prove that they are here to challenge for the top four.

Jamie Vardy scored two penalties to help Leicester to a 3-0 win at The Hawthorns last weekend. This will be the Clarets’ first game of the 2020-21 Premier League season so the hosts may have a slight edge in terms of match sharpness. Put a few quid on the Foxes to win -1 at 13/8.

Monday 21st September 2020

Aston Villa v Sheffield United

18:00, Sky Sports, Villa Park

Monday’s first game takes place at Villa Park, as Dean Smith’s Aston Villa get their league season underway with a home match against Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United. This one could go either way in the Midlands and should be a close contest between sides for whom top flight survival will be the first aim.

Aston Villa beat Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup in midweek, but this is their first league match of the 2020-21 campaign. The Blades conceded two early goals to lose 2-0 at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend. With both teams eager to avoid defeat and a point not too bad for either, the 1-1- draw at 11/2 has caught our eye.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester City

20:15, Sky Sports, Molineux

Pep Guardiola’s Man City begin their 2020-21 Premier League season with a tough trip to Molineux to take on Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves on Monday. Wanderers impressed at Bramall Lane in their opener, but City head to the Midlands as the odds-on favourites to get the win.

Goals from Raul Jimenez and Romain Saiss in the first six minutes proved to be enough to give Nuno’s troops a 2-0 win in Sheffield last Monday. This will no doubt be a difficult fixture for City, but Guardiola’s men will be desperate to start with a win as they seek to regain “their” title from Liverpool. The Citizens are available at 6/5 to be winning at half time and full time at Molineux and that is good value with the Manchester club keen to send a message to their rivals for the title.

Premier League Ante Post Betting Tips 2020-2021

With the Champions League final in Lisbon, the 2019-20 season has only just finished but the 2020-21 Premier League season is already just around the corner. No rest for the wicked, so now is a good time to check out the potential winners and the relegation candidates from England’s top tier. Will Liverpool retain their crown? Can Manchester City become England’s top dogs once again? How will the three promoted sides fare this season?

The Story Last Season

The 2019-20 Premier League campaign will go down as one of the most surreal seasons in history. It was a turbulent year for all involved, but Liverpool held their nerve after the enforced break to become champions of England for the first time for 30 years. Man City, Manchester United and Chelsea picked up the remaining UEFA Champions League places.

At the other end of the spectrum, Norwich City, Bournemouth and Watford were relegated to the EFL Championship, being replaced by Leeds United, West Bromwich Albion and Fulham. Aston Villa survived on the final day, while the likes of West Ham United, Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace finished well clear of the bottom three in the end despite some scares along the way.

Who Will Win the 2020-21 Premier League?

Starting the season in September is unfamiliar but what remains the same is the optimism all fans begin with and the high hopes for the season ahead. Realistically though, the title race seems likely to once again be between City and Liverpool, but can anyone upset the odds and stir things up?

Manchester City - Evens

Finishing so far behind Liverpool last season will have hurt Pep Guardiola and his team of superstars. Man City were forever in Liverpool’s shadow, going on to finish a staggering 18 points behind the Reds.

However, City will surely come back bigger and stronger than ever, which is an ominous sign for the rest of the Premier League. Nathan Ake and Ferran Torres have already completed moves to the Etihad Stadium, but club legend David Silva has left, while Leroy Sane has moved to Bayern Munich.

Man City will unquestionably be there or thereabouts in the title race this season. In fact, they are the bookies’ favourites at evens. It will be interesting to see how City respond after Liverpool’s dominance and just as importantly if the Reds can maintain their desire after finally achieving their goal.

Liverpool - 7/4

After years of trying, Liverpool were at last crowned champions of England last season. Jurgen Klopp’s men were unstoppable, fully deserving to win the title by a staggering 18 points. The Reds picked up 99 points from an available 114, winning 32 of 38 games and scoring 85 times along the way.

Liverpool have amassed a tremendous amount of points over the last couple of seasons, but keeping that same relentless pace going will be a different test altogether for the Merseyside outfit. The Reds’ starting XI pretty much looks after itself these days, so do not expect many signings before the extended window draws to a close. In the other direction, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren have left Anfield.

Liverpool will be the favourites in many people’s eyes, but the bookies are pricing the champions at 7/4 to retain the title this season. In our opinion, those generous odds look too good to turn down, even if retaining a title is always more difficult than claiming it in the first place.

Manchester United - 8/1

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did tremendously well to secure third place and a spot in the 2020-21 Champions League. That looked extremely unlikely in the first half of the season, but Man Utd kicked on after Christmas, losing just one Premier League game after January. The Red Devils pipped Leicester City to Champions League qualification on the final day.

United have been linked with several high profile players over the summer, including Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish. However, transfer dealings at Old Trafford have been very few and far between so far. That could change before the window slams shut, though.

Man City and Liverpool are out on their own when it comes to the favourites for the title, and it could well be a two-horse race between those two this season. However, Man Utd will have other ideas, and you can get 8/1 if you fancy the Red Devils to win the league. A top four finish at 4/11 is a far safer bet, though, although United’s young front three could fire them to glory if they continue to improve.

Chelsea - 14/1

Frank Lampard had an exceptional first season as boss of Chelsea. With a team full a youngsters and transfer ban, Lampard managed to guide the Blues to fourth position and a place in the Champions League against all odds. Overall, the Londoners collected an impressive 66 points, finishing level with Man Utd and four points ahead of Leicester.

Chelsea would love to be Premier League title contenders once again, and the club are certainly going the right way about it by bringing in the excellent Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech. One or two more superstar signings could be done before Chelsea’s season gets underway with a number of big names linked.

Like Man Utd, Chelsea’s most likely destination is behind Man City and Liverpool, but they are definitely capable of putting the cat among the pigeons in the title say. The Blues are priced at 14/1 to win the Premier League for the first time since 2017.

Tottenham Hotspur - 50/1

By their high standards, sixth place was nowhere near good enough for Tottenham Hotspur last season. They never recovered from a poor start under Mauricio Pochettino, although they did start to show signs of life with Jose Mourinho in charge right at the very end of their campaign. Spurs went on to finish seven points away from the top four.

The signing of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton could turn out to be shrewd, but Tottenham have been relatively quiet in the transfer market at the time of writing. Jan Vertonghen has left after several years of excellent service.

Spurs have gone close on one or two occasions in recent times but finishing top of the pile at the end of the 2020-21 season will surely be a step too far for the Londoners. Still, 50/1 may prove a tempting price to some.

Arsenal - 50/1

Tottenham’s fierce rivals Arsenal are also currently priced at 50/1 to win the Premier League title. However, getting back into the Champions League (3/1) will be first priority. Mikel Arteta guided the Gunners to Emirates FA Cup success at the end of last season – can the north London outfit build on that?

Arsenal booked their place in the 2020-21 UEFA Europa League by winning the FA Cup after finishing in a lowly eighth place in the Premier League. The Gunners were beaten 10 times in a pretty miserable campaign.

The capture of Willian from Chelsea was a great bit of business, but Arsenal will need a lot more than that if they are to challenge the big boys this season. Nevertheless, can they at least finish above Tottenham this time?

Who Could be Relegated?

Whilst an elite few can dream of the title, for most clubs, mere top flight survival has to be the primary goal. Who are the main relegation candidates this year and how will the newly promoted sides get on?

West Bromwich Albion - Evens

West Bromwich Albion are back in the big time after a two-year absence. The Baggies finished second behind Leeds United in the 2019-20 EFL Championship.

Naturally, West Brom are one of the strong favourites for relegation. In fact, most bookies have Bilic’s boys down to finish rock bottom of the table. Albion are currently priced at evens for the drop and 4/5 to stay up.

Making Matheus Pereira’s move permanent was their best bit of business, as the young Brazilian is capable of lighting up the Premier League this season. Still, the Baggies will do well to keep themselves in the top flight and need to add a lot more strength in depth.

Fulham - 11/10

Fulham booked their place back in the Premier League via the play-offs. The Cottagers beat west London rivals Brentford in the Championship play-off final at Wembley Stadium. Now their full focus must turn to staying in the Premier League after a poor campaign last time they were in the top tier.

Scott Parker has done a tremendous job at Craven Cottage since taking over, and the club have made a number of smart signings this window. You can get Fulham at 8/11 to stay up, while they are available at 11/10 to be relegated.

Aston Villa - 2/1

Aston Villa survived by the skin of their teeth last season, finishing a point above relegated Bournemouth. They gave themselves a mountain to climb, but two wins and two draws from their last four proved to be enough.

The Villans will no doubt be embroiled in another scrap for survival this season, and the bookies are pricing the Midlands outfit at just 2/1 to be relegated back down to the Championship. You can get 4/9 if you fancy them to stay up and whether Grealish stays or goes may prove key.

Newcastle United - 9/4

After reports of more failed takeover bids, Newcastle United could be set for another season of struggle in the top flight. It has been a tough few years for the Magpies supporters, but they have stuck with their club through thick and thin. Their patience could be pushed to the limit this season, however, and they ended the last campaign in dreadful form.

At the time of writing, Newcastle are one of the favourites for the drop at 9/4, whereas they are available at odds of just 4/11 to stay in the Premier League. Having been linked with several superstar signings, the inactivity of transfers at St James’ Park will be ever harder to take for the fans. It could be another long season for the Toon.

Premier League Betting Strategy

For football betting strategies, and indeed betting strategies on any sport, to be successful, the punter must seek out ‘value bets’, that is to say bets for which the odds are greater than the actual probability of that event happening. We go into a lot more detail about this on our dedicated Football Betting Strategy section, but essentially finding value bets lies at the heart of making a profit from betting on football.

Finding value bets is often best done when you find out some information that the bookmaker is unaware of that could affect the accuracy of their odds. The problem is, when it comes to the Premier League, it is all but impossible to steal a march on the bookies when it comes to access to information about the top teams and players.

Information is Power, But is There Anything the Bookies Don’t Know?

Social Media Concept

There are so many news outlets, websites and social media sites generating masses of information and data about the top flight. To sift through every last scrap of available info about the Premier League, all of which instantly come into the public domain, would be a time consuming task.

Betting on the Premier League is big business for most bookmakers and they invest considerable resources to make sure their odds are right and they have as much information on their markets as is possible. It is, therefore, very difficult to get an edge on them. It is highly unlikely that you will be able to react to some crucial team news or a managerial sacking before the big bookies have adjusted their odds to take such news into account.

For instance, suppose Harry Kane suffers an injury in training ahead of a Tottenham match; if you were able get hold of that information before the bookies it is likely that you could get a great value bet for one of his understudies, Fernando Llorente or Son Heung-Min, for instance, in the first goalscorer market. In reality, unless you happen to be watching the training session in person and then get your bet on within minutes, the bookies are likely to change their odds before you find out about the injury.

The ‘Nothing To Play For’ Fallacy

Footballer Lying on Pitch on Talking on PhoneAs such, finding value bets on the Premier League can be more about analysing and identifying the bookies’ misjudgements of a given situation. For instance, it has been known for bookmakers to put too much stock on a team having ‘nothing to play for’.

Often towards the end of a Premier League season there are matches in which a mid-table side that can neither be relegated nor qualify for the Europa League will host a relegation-threatened side that is fighting for survival in the top flight. As we detail in our Football Strategy piece, it can often be the case that bookies will make the visiting side favourites despite them having been poor all season (indicated by the fact they are in the relegation dogfight in the first place). This could indicate a fine opportunity to grab some betting value by backing the home side.

Festive Frenzy

Festive Fixtures: Santa Holding a Football

Football fans love the hectic festive football frenzy when the games are coming thick and fast and the players become prone to mistakes and mishaps. It’s fair to say many managers don’t share the fans’ enthusiasm for so many games in such a short period of time.

From a betting perspective, though, this can be a good time to seek out some shock results. Boxing Day and New Year’s Day fixtures often throw up some surprises, and though it’s more likely due to player fatigue than festive excess, Man City away at Newcastle on a cold, blizzardy late-December night might just give you the chance to earn a few quid.

Generally the bookies will factor in weather conditions and so on, but so scared are they of overpricing the best sides in the land, it is often the case that if there are factors that play into the hands of their opponents, there is value to be had.

Using Statistics to Find Value

StatsAs well as information, statistics can be very useful when it comes to picking out winning bets. Whether you are focussing on average goals per game of a given side, statistics on a player’s shots to goals ratio or refereeing stats, it generally pays to delve into the facts and figures before placing your bets.

For instance, if you are inclined to bet on the number of yellow cards that will be shown in a given match, it really makes sense to check who the referee will be for the game and to look at their stats. All too often, punters focus on the teams and players, overlooking the fact that the referee is the man handing out the cards.

For instance, in the 2019-20 Premier League season, Stuart Attwell refereed 21 games and dished out a cool 88 yellow cards, an average of 4.19 per game. Kevin Friend, meanwhile, somewhat lived up to his amiable name by reaching for the yellow on just 73 occasions over the course of the 25 games in which he was the ref, an average of just 2.92 yellows per game.

Chart that Shows the Number of Yellow Cards Shown by Premier League Referees Per Game During the 2019/20 Season

Of course, as with most pieces of information relating to the Premier League, the bookies’ odds will no doubt take account of who is the referee of a given match. But refs can get injured too, so if you are on the ball and you see a ref pull a hamstring in a game on Saturday, and you know the next match in their schedule, there is a chance you could use this to your advantage.

Another statistic that could be worth investigating involves how teams score their goals. Again looking back to the 2019-20 season as an example, it is notable that Sheffield United, Everton, Brighton and Aston Villa Stoke scored just a single penalty each during the season. As such, you clearly wouldn’t want to bet on a penalty to be scored if any of these sides hosted each other.

Conversely, and perhaps unsurprisingly, Manchester United scored a whopping ten times from the spot, something that a savvy punter might take advantage of if the Red Devils faced another side who won (and scored) penalties more than most, for example Chelsea who scored seven.

Of course, however much you study the available information, it’s really not easy getting any kind of edge over the bookies when betting on the Premier League and it is more a case of using the available statistics, taking account of trends, form and psychology, and having a little helping hand from Lady Luck when you place your bets.

Premier League Stats and Facts

Here we have a few facts and statistics about the Premier League, all of which are correct as of the start of the 2020-21 season.

  1. The real Big Six? – Many younger fans might have only ever known Manchester City as a Premier League side, but in reality there are only six sides who have played in every Premier League season… and City are not one of them. The real Big Six are: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham and Everton!
  2. Mighty Man United – As of the start of the 2020-21 season, Manchester United are the side who have won the most Premier League titles with 13 in total. They have also won three-in-a-row twice (1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01 and 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09)
  3. Invincible Arsenal – Arsenal are the only side in Premier League history to go through a full season without losing a single match. During the 2003-04 season, Arsenal – then managed by Arsene Wenger – completed their 38 league matches with 26 wins, 12 draws and zero defeats, amassing a total of 90 points which saw them win the league by 11 points (Chelsea finished second, Man United third). That fantastic achievement formed part of Arsenal’s record 49-game unbeaten run in the Premier League that ran from 7 May 2003 to 24 October 2004.
  4. Oh Dear, Derby – Derby County had an absolute nightmare in the 2007-08 season. They started the campaign pretty badly under the stewardship of Billy Davies, but he was replaced in November by Paul Jewell. The former Wigan man didn’t do too well either. After 38 Premier League games, the Rams had won just one, with eight draws and a whopping 29 defeats. Their total of 11 points is the lowest in Premier League history by some margin and they also earned the fewest points away from home in a season: three!
  5. Travel Sickness – Derby aren’t the only side to struggle on their travels in the Premier League. They are one of six sides that has failed to win a single Premier League game away from home in a season. The full list is, as mentioned, Derby County (2007-08), along with Leeds United (1992-93), Coventry City (1999-2000), Wolverhampton Wanderers (2003-04), Norwich City (2004-05) and Hull City (2009-10)
  6. One Team To Shock Them All – Only seven sides have won the Premier League title. Five of them will immediately spring to the minds of football fans: Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool. Blackburn Rovers, with the SAS attack partnership of Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton, won in the 1994-95 season, but that was before the real gulf in finances between the haves and have nots really took hold of English football. But there was the shock of all shocks in the 2015-16 season when 5000/1 shot Leicester City batted all and sundry aside to take the title, finishing 10 points clear of Arsenal with Spurs, Man City and Man United trailing in their wake.

A Brief History of the Beginning of the Premier League

Satellite in Orbit

It is no exaggeration to say that the Premier League changed football. Since it was founded on 20th February 1992 after the clubs in the Football League First Division decided to break away from the Football League, English top flight football has been catapulted into a global phenomenon. Now broadcast to a potential television audience of almost five billion people in over 600 million homes around the globe, the Premier League is now the most-watched sports league in the world.

How did it all Start?

The reason the Premier League came about was in part due to the fact that the old First Division had begun to lag behind Serie A in Italy and La Liga in Spain in terms of both average attendances and, crucially for the clubs, revenues. There was a sense of missed opportunity amongst many of the top clubs’ chairmen, that the potential earning power of English football was not being realised.

In 1990 representatives of the biggest clubs in the land (Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal and Everton) met with Greg Dyke, then the MD of London Weekend Television. At the meeting they discussed the possibility of a breakaway from the Football League as a mechanism to boost the incomes of the clubs.

Founder Members Agreement

After the conclusion of the 1990-91 season, The Founder Members Agreement, signed by the biggest clubs in English football, was put forward. This set out the principals of a new breakaway league in which the clubs could negotiate their own broadcasting and sponsorship rights without having to defer to the Football League.

The final piece of the jigsaw that led to the split from the Football League and the formation of the Premier League was BSkyB’s successful £304 million bid to purchase the broadcasting rights to show top flight matches exclusively for a five year period from the 1992-93 season.

This dwarfed previous broadcast rights packages and the clubs in the newly formed Premier League would benefit greatly in financial terms. Ironically, Dyke and his ITV broadcaster didn’t even get the highlights package (that going to the BBC) despite the future FA chief being instrumental in getting the whole Premier League show on the road in the first place.

The inaugural Premier League season saw 22 sides competing, with Sheffield United’s Brian Deane scoring the first goal of the new league in a 2-1 victory over Manchester United, who then went on to find the first ever Premier League title:

1992-1993 Premier League Table

1992-1993 Premier League Table (via Soccerbase)

Fast forward to the present day and the Premier League is an extraordinary success story, bringing many of the best players and coaches in the world to the English top flight and producing scintillating football for fans all over the world to enjoy. Long may it continue!