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 – 27th to 30th November 2020

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By Erik Drost, flickr

We have a bumper four-day “weekend” of Premier League action to enjoy as this round of games gets underway on Friday night, as Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace and Steve Bruce’s Newcastle United meet at Selhurst Park. Leeds United travel to Everton on Saturday, while new Premier League leaders Tottenham Hotspur take on Chelsea in a London derby at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. With two games on Monday it is easy to think that perhaps this football schedule isn't so bad after all.

Friday 27th November 2020

Crystal Palace v Newcastle United

20:00, Amazon Prime, Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace and Newcastle get the Premier League weekend up and running with an intriguing fixture at Selhurst Park on Friday night. After losing at Burnley on Monday, when Turf moor finally became a happy place for the previously winless hosts, can the Eagles strike back with a big three points on home turf this Friday?

Palace have had a mixed bag of results this term, but the London side have been beaten at Selhurst just once. Since winning at West Ham United on the opening weekend, the Magpies have failed to win any of their following three away league matches. The Eagles are currently soaring four places above the Magpies and we know which bird we would expect to win that avian battle. It is the same on the football pitch too, where we fancy Palace here at decent odds of 23/20.

Saturday 28th November 2020

Brighton & Hove Albion v Liverpool

12:30, BT Sport, Amex Stadium

Premier League champions Liverpool are on the road this weekend, as Jurgen Klopp takes his Reds to the Amex Stadium to play Graham Potter’s Brighton & Hove Albion. Liverpool have been in fine form of late, making a mockery of their injury problems and relentless fixture list.

Since that shock 7-2 defeat at Villa Park in early October, the Merseysiders have gone on to win three and draw two of five league games. After Sunday’s 3-0 triumph over Leicester City, achieved without Mo Salah, Liverpool moved joint top of the table with Tottenham. We can see Klopp’s troops cruising to victory in Brighton on Saturday. Back the visitors to win -1 at 8/5.

Manchester City v Burnley

15:00, BT Sport, Etihad Stadium

Sean Dyche’s Burnley finally picked up their first league win of the season, beating Crystal Palace 1-0 at Turf Moor on Monday night. This weekend, the Clarets travel to the Etihad Stadium to take on Manchester City.

City have made a poor start, an incredibly poor one by their very high standards, winning just three of eight matches. Pep Guardiola’s men are down in 13th place as a consequence which after eight or nine games is hard to fathom. Nevertheless, Man City have a stunning recent record over the Clarets, and they will be targeting a comfortable home victory on Saturday. Take a punt on City to win -2 at 6/5.

Everton v Leeds United

17:30, Sky Sports, Goodison Park

One of the highlights of the round takes place next, as Everton and Leeds clash in a tasty fixture at Goodison Park on Saturday. This is a clash between two of the most respected managers in the world too, although they have very different approaches to the game.

The Toffees will be looking for back-to-back wins having seen off Fulham away from home last time out. Dominic Calvert-Lewin was back among the goals, notching a brace, but it is Richarlison who really makes the Toffees tick and they missed him during his three game suspension. With their front three reunited they always look dangerous and against a Leeds side that has conceded a lot of goals the front three should get some joy.

Leeds have made a decent start to life back in the Premier League, collecting 11 points, although they will feel they have deserved more. Certainly last time out against Arsenal they had the better of the game but could only manage a point as they hit the woodwork three times. However, the fact remains, after a good start, Marcelo Bielsa’s men have won just one of their last six. Everton had gone four matches without a win before last Saturday’s crucial 3-2 victory at Craven Cottage but we feel injuries and suspensions played a big part in that. This could well be a thrilling game between two sides who very rarely keep clean sheets and we like the look of the Everton win and both teams to score at odds of 5/2.

West Bromwich Albion v Sheffield United

20:00, Sky Sports, The Hawthorns

On Saturday night, Slaven Bilic’s West Bromwich Albion and Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United square off in a huge matchup at The Hawthorns. Both teams have failed to win any of their opening nine Premier League matches and even at this early stage of the campaign this very much looks like a relegation six-pointer.

The Blades are rock bottom of the table, taking just one point from a possible 27, a real reality check after their heroics for much of last season. West Brom start the weekend just two points ahead in 19th. This is a tough one to call, so our money is going on the draw. The 0-0 draw at 15/2 has caught our eye, with neither side likely to overcommit going forwards.

Sunday 29th November 2020

Southampton v Manchester United

14:00, Sky Sports, St Mary’s

The first game on Sunday sees in-form Southampton welcome struggling Manchester United to St Mary’s. The Saints are riding high in fifth, while the Red Devils are four points adrift in 10th, positions few would have foreseen.

Southampton have been in stunning form of late and their high energy, high press style is causing even the best teams major problems. Since losing their opening two, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s boys have won five and drawn two of seven. As well as their relentless pressing, they have a front line full of confidence and scoring freely and they will feel if they have a bit of luck with injuries they can stay firmly in the top half at least. United barely scraped past WBA last time out and have been poor by their high standards. As such our money is going on the Southampton win, which, at 11/4, is clearly the value bet here in our eyes.

Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur

16:30, Sky Sports, Stamford Bridge

There are some big games this weekend but perhaps none is bigger than this London derby at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Frank Lampard’s Chelsea and Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham clash in a mouth-watering fixture between the teams third and first respectively. When these two met in the Carabao Cup a couple of months back, Spurs beat the Blues on penalties and we could well see another close battle here.

Both teams are in good form ahead of this London derby. Tottenham moved to the top of the Premier League with a superb 2-0 home win over Man City last weekend. Chelsea are just two points behind in third. Mourinho’s men have won four out of four away from home this term and with this something of a managerial master v apprentice clash, we fancy the old head to come out on top. Back Tottenham to win this one at a general price of 12/5.

Arsenal v Wolverhampton Wanderers /h3>

19:15, Sky Sports, Emirates Stadium

Arsenal entertain Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday night. Mikel Arteta’s men will be looking for all three points after dropping five points and failing to score in their last two. Despite the firepower they have on paper, they just can’t find the back of the net often enough right now, certainly not from open play. They have issues on and off the pitch and right now Arteta is struggling to come up with answers.

Wolves are a tough nut to crack under Nuno Espirito Santo, though Wanderers have won only one of their previous four in the Premier League. This could be a close one, but we fancy the Gunners to nick it as a striker of the class of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is sure to start firing sooner rather than later . You can get very big odds of 13/5 for the home team to win by one goal and that looks excellent value to us.

Monday 30th November 2020

Leicester City v Fulham

17:30, Sky Sports, King Power Stadium

After last Monday’s heavy defeat at Anfield, Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester will be looking for all three points when they welcome Scott Parker’s Fulham to Craven Cottage this Monday. The Foxes are the clear favourites in this one and currently sit a huge 14 points above the beleaguered Cottagers.

Before last weekend’s fixtures, Leicester were top of the Premier League on 18 points. In contrast, Parker’s men have found it tough going in the top tier after their promotion via the EFL Championship play-offs, taking just four points so far. Back Leicester to win both halves of this one at 11/4.

West Ham United v Aston Villa

20:00, Sky Sports, London Stadium

The final Premier League fixture of the round takes place at the London Stadium on Monday. David Moyes’ West Ham welcome Dean Smith’s Aston Villa to the capital. The in-form Hammers will be eyeing up another three points from this one and with the table very tightly packed in the top half that would see them move above the Villans.

West Ham have quietly gone about making a fine start, winning four of their opening nine. As for Villa, they have picked up five wins, although three of their last four have ended in defeat. Form, confidence and home advantage, such as it is with no fans, mean we think Moyes’ men can continue their fine run. As such we will be backing another home victory (11/8) on Monday.

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!