The English Premier League (EPL) is a professional-soccer (football) competition that takes place as England’s top flight football season and is popular with sports fans and punters right around the globe with the highest worldwide audience of any league.
There are 20 Premier League clubs in the competition every season, which runs from August to May each year. The teams are confirmed by the EPL Ladder rankings from the past season, as well as those from England’s second tier competition the Football League Championship.
The 2017/18 Premier League Teams:
- AFC Bournemouth
- Brighton & Hove Albion
- Crystal Palace
- Leicester City
- Manchester City
- Manchester United
- Newcastle United
- Stoke City
- Swansea City
- Tottenham Hotspur
- West Bromwich Albion
- West Ham United
The three teams ranked lowest on the Premier League table are relegated into the Football League Championship at the end of the season, while the top two clubs from the Championship along with the winner of the Championship Playoffs between the third – sixth ranked clubs are promoted in their place to the EPL for the next season.
The EPL season consists of a total of 380 matches each season, each Premier League team playing 38 games throughout as they vie for the coveted title awarded to the club that sits top of the table at the end of the 38 weeks of play. Each club plays the other teams in the League twice, getting home stadium advantage once and playing an away game once, with each win worth three points and a single point awarded for a draw.
As the most-watched football league in the world, the Premier League is hugely popular in Australia and there are plenty of EPL betting markets open at Ladbrokes every season including head-to-head markets each and every round as well as futures odds on offer for each team to be crowned champions. Manchester United boast the most number of titles with 13, while the 2015-16 EPL Champions Leicester City scored their first title in their history after starting the season as $5000 outsiders!
EPL 2016/17 Season
The 2016/17 EPL season was the 25th season of the top level English professional soccer competition and rebranding meant there was no sponsor’s name attached to the competition. As was tradition, 20 EPL Teams fought it out for the Championship title. The season started on August 13, 2016 and continued through until May 21, 2017 with Chelsea taking out the Championship title – their 5th Premier League title and 6th English title.
The football clubs that finished 1 – 17 on the previous season’s EPL Ladder were joined by three teams promoted from the Championship: Newcastle United, Brighton & Hove Albion and the winners of the Championship play-off Huddersfield. Those three clubs came in place of Sunderland, Hull City and Middlesbrough.
Chelsea were the defending EPL champions and successfully went back-to-back for the first time since Manchester United scored three straight championships in 2006-7, 2007-08 and 2008-09.