English Premier League

Odds, History, And How To Bet On The EPL

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The 2022 – 2023 EPL season is in full swing. Here you will find odds for every English Premier League match as well as futures odds. Manchester City remained the favorite to win the EPL on October 14 as it had -500 odds. Arsenal checked in at +550 while Chelsea was +2200. Nottingham Forest was -330 to be relegated on October 14 while Bournemouth was -125.

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EPL futures report

Title Challengers

Manchester City (-225)

Last Year: 1st place, 27-5-6 record, 86 pts, +51 GD

Erling Haaland and Manchester City have taken to each other like rain and water. The Norwegian international’s pace, physicality, finishing, and movement have brought a new explosive dimension to City’s attack, and they will get better and better as the season progresses.

They were just held to a draw at St. James Park, but their odds barely budged, going from -285 to -280. It’s a price I am not a fan of, and I’d look elsewhere for value.

Liverpool (+700)

Last year: 3rd place, 20-9-9 record, 69 pts, +26 GD

Stunning draws to Fulham, and Crystal Palace left Jürgen Klopp’s side five points behind title favorites Manchester City entering the weekend. But after a shocking loss to Manchester United, Liverpool’s odds of winning the EPL title jumped from +400 to +700. The one positive is that things can only get better for the red part of Merseyside, and they generally finish seasons stronger than they start them.

If you think this will be Liverpool’s season, now could be the perfect time to jump on them before the Sportsbooks shorten their odds.

Arsenal (+850)

Last year: 8th place, 18-7-13 record, 61 pts, +16 GD

The Gunners sit atop of the Premier League on nine points with nine goals scored and are playing some of the best football we’ve seen this season. Before we all get carried away, let’s remind ourselves that Crystal Palace, Leicester City, and Bournemouth aren’t the strongest opposition.

With Europa League football on the horizon and Arsenal’s squad one of the youngest in the league, a sustained title challenge is probably beyond them this season. They’ll likely finish in the Top 4 (-200) rather than the top spot come May.

Tottenham (+1200)

Last Year: 7th place, 18-8-12 record, 62 pts, +23 GD

Tottenham was outplayed for lengthy periods and benefitted from generous refereeing decisions in their 2-2 draw with Chelsea. However, at the final whistle, it felt like a coming-of-age performance for Antonio Conte’s side, and two victories on either side have them at the top end of the table.

Looking at Spurs’ squad, I don’t see enough winners or depth to cope with the UEFA Champions League schedule and a sustained title challenge. Another Top 4 (-200) finish will be considered a success.

Chelsea (+2200)

Last year: 4th place, 19-10-9 record, 67 pts, +22 GD

Never write off the blue side of West London. New owner Todd Boehly has been aggressive in the transfer market, upgrading Chelsea’s defense with Kalidou Koulibaly and Marc Cucurella. The attack has also received a facelift with the capture of Raheem Sterling from Manchester City. With ten days left in the transfer window, everything can change with a couple more world-class signings.

At +2200, Chelsea is the best value for the title. I think it’s worth sprinkling a little coin behind Thomas Tuchel’s side, who could benefit if Manchester City and Liverpool’s switch to Erling Haaland and Darwin Núñez don’t work out.

To Finish Top Six

Manchester United (-150)

Last year: 2nd place, 21-11-6 record, 74 pts, +29 GD

Manchester United was +125 price to finish top six heading into their match with Liverpool. But after their stunning win, the plus money has disappeared, leaving Man U -150 to finish top six.

The Reds had been in relegation zone and looked like an absolute dumpster fire from the pitch to the boardroom. But will this big win spark a fire?

A late panic splurge in the transfer market for Casemiro and potentially Frenkie de Jong and Antony might paper over the cracks for a few months but won’t reverse the rot that runs deep at Old Trafford.

With early performances pointing towards Erik Ten Hag not having the players capable of playing his style of football, I would consider United to finish in the Bottom Ten at +800 instead.

Newcastle United (+175)

Last year: 12th place, 12-9-17 record, 45 pts -16 GD

The richest club in the world has resisted a summer splurge and instead focused on moving forward with the foundations laid in last season’s January transfer window. However, with multiple clubs in Europe struggling financially, don’t be surprised if The Magpies snap up several quality players in the coming days. They also have January to strengthen for the second half of the season.

With no European football and St. James Park looking like a fortress, I think Newcastle will be a side that finishes in the Top 6.

Brighton and Hove Albion (+275)

Last year: 16th place, 9-14-15 record, 41 pts, -6 GD

Brighton’s strength comes from Graham Potter’s system and the sum of their parts, not individual quality. That’s why the departure of Yves Bissouma and Marc Cucurella has gone relatively unnoticed at the Amex Stadium.

If The Seagulls sign a proven Premier League striker to address their goalscoring issues, there’s value backing them at +275 for a Top 6 finish.

To Finish Top Ten

Crystal Palace (+100)

Last year: 14th place, 12-8-18 record, 44 pts, -25 GD

Star player Wilfried Zaha has kicked off the new campaign in style with three goals in three appearances. If he can maintain this form throughout the season, The Eagles have a great chance of finishing in the Top 10 for the first time since 14/15. But how likely is that?

At +100 odds and odds of -135 to finish in the Bottom 10, there’s little value backing Palace in any of the Futures markets. I recommend investing your money elsewhere.

Aston Villa (+100)

Last year: 11th place, 16-7-15 record, 55 pts, +9 GD

The Villains have built a squad capable of challenging for the Top 6. The issue is Steven Gerrard doesn’t know his best eleven, and they’ll continue to stutter and drop points until he discovers a winning formula. New signing Diego Carlos’s devastating Achilles’ injury does raise doubt over the backline’s ability to stop goals from being conceded with six already allowed.

I think there are too many unanswered questions to consider Aston Villa a worthy choice, and I would look elsewhere.

West Ham United (+110)

Last year: 6th place, 19-8-11 record, 65 pts, +15 GD

David Moyes’ decision to push for a Top 4 finish and challenge for the Europa League cost West Ham both last season. They don’t have the squad depth to compete on all fronts and face a similar situation this season participating in the Europa Conference League.

Sitting bottom of the league with three defeats and facing a condensed schedule due to the winter World Cup. I recommend swerving The Hammers for the time being and monitoring their price and performances over the coming weeks.

Leeds United (+150)

Last Year: 9th place, 18-5-15 record, 59 pts, +8 GD

MLS, aka Major Leeds Soccer, has been busy this summer, bringing in USMNT stars Brendan Aaronson and Tyler Adams to replace Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips. Both have previously worked with Jesse Marsch under the Red Bull umbrella, so he knows how to get the best out of them, and they were sensational in the 3-0 victory over Chelsea.

Patrick Bamford’s return from injury adds more firepower to the frontline and makes the Lilywhites strong contenders for a Top Half finish.

Leicester City

Last year: 5th place, 20-6-12 record, 66 pts, +18 GD

It’s looking like Brendan Rodgers has taken this group of players as far as he can. A poor start leaves The Foxes in the relegation zone, and things will get worse if Wesley Fofana and Youri Tielemans push through their respective big-money moves to Chelsea and Arsenal.

It’s difficult seeing Leicester City keeping pace with the other clubs in the running for a Top Half finish and coming anywhere close to emulating their recent FA Cup victory and Top 6 (+1400) finishes.

Brentford (+225)

Last Year: Won Championship Playoff, 24-15-7 record, 87 pts, +37 GD

All the talk after Brentford’s 4-0 victory over Manchester United centered around how far The Red Devils have fallen. Let’s not forget how well The Bees played and what a great tactician manager Thomas Frank is. If they continue to perform at that level week in and week out, a Top Half finish is well within their grasp.

If you’re looking for a plucky underdog to upset the big boys, Brentford is your team.

To Be Relegated

AFC Bournemouth (-250)

$30 million on two players and several free signings has never been the blueprint to avoid relegation for newly promoted sides. Back-to-back heavy defeats to Manchester City and Arsenal highlight the gulf in class between The Cherries and the Premier League’s best. It’s looking like it will be a long and arduous season for Scott Parker’s side.

Consider Bournemouth to Finish Last at +125 instead.

Nottingham Forest (+135)

Nottingham Forest has celebrated their return to the Premier League with a spending spree fit for a king. So far, $180.91 million has been stumped up for 16 players, and it doesn’t look like The Tricky Trees are anywhere near finished with more players continuing to be linked.

It might take some time for the squad to gel, but when they do, I think they’ll have enough quality to finish outside of the bottom three. Sitting in 10th, Forest is priced at +450 to pull off a Top Half Finish.

Everton (+185)

Last Year: 10th place, 17-8-13 record, 59 pts, -1 GD

If there were a Futures Market for which club would end up being a bigger dumpster fire than Manchester United, Everton would be the favorites. The Toffees have lost their talismanic forward Richarlison and replaced him with the blunt Dwight McNeil. They are also ravaged by injury, and manager Frank Lampard continually looks out of his depth.

I think there’s a real danger Everton will be relegated from the Premier League this season for the first time in their history, and +185 is a great price to jump on.

Southampton (+200)

Last year: 15th place, 12-7-19 record, 43 pts, -21 GD

A lot of pundits fancy Southampton to struggle this season despite manager Ralph Hasenhüttl always finding a way to turn things around. I think his experience will be enough to guide The Saints to safety with a Bottom Ten finish (-1000).

Fulham (+225)

Fulham has started the season strong, and early signs point to manager Marco Silva working out how to get the best out of Aleksander Mitrović. The Serbian international already has three goals to his name and is bullying opponents at the back post with his physicality.

We can’t forget the winter World Cup’s impact on the schedule. Games come thick and fast from September onwards, and a bad run of form could see The Cottagers dragged into the relegation zone.

+225 is a great price and one of the best value Futures Bets available.

Wolves (+350)

Last season: 13th place, 12-9-17 record, 45 pts, -16 GD

Bruno Lage’s decision to switch to a back four and allow Conor Coady to move to Everton on loan is bold. Wolves have solidified their Premier League status in recent seasons off a strong back three, and this pursuit for a more attacking and expansive playing style could end up being their downfall.

If Wolves get dragged into a relegation battle, they should be able to replace Lage, reinforce in January, and survive comfortably.

How to bet on the English Premier League

Betting on the EPL online is a simple process:

1.  Create an account

Every sportsbook worth its reputation will invariably offer some enhanced odds that are solely available to new customers. However, we always advise bettors to read any terms and conditions attached to special offers for newcomers.

With quality control an ever-present consideration, every sportsbook has its way of guiding newcomers on a tour, clearly showing how to use tabs, buttons and the various functions of the site.

2. Select your matches

Given the popularity of betting on the EPL, practically all betting sites will have a shortcut to a list of English Premier League matches where odds are currently live. Some matches are given live moneyline odds as early as a week before kick off. Generally, the full range of markets only become available around 72 hours ahead of the match.

Sportsbooks will always readily display selectable market categories, such as player markets, goals, handicap and halftime/full-time amongst several others.

3. Choose a type of bet and place it

A single bet is a straight wager on a specific event occurring in a match. However, individual bets can be grouped as part of a multiple, or an accumulator. This is a combination of single bets, all of which must come in for a payout.

For example, if a bettor backs Everton, Southampton and Wolves all to win on one weekend, and the odds of each would be multiplied with one another to create an overall moneyline price. If all three teams win, the bet is a winner.

Once the bettor makes the desired selections, there will be a box to enter the selected stake, which will then be deducted from the account holders’s wallet the moment he or she clicks “place bet.”

In-play bets (made during matches) are often subject to a delay of several seconds.

Bonus bet offers and match bet bonuses

Bonus bet offers are typically available to new registrants on just about any betting site.

In most cases, the bookmaker will pay only the winnings earned from the bet, rather than the conventional return of the stake alongside the payout. This is also known as a matched bet.

For instance, if Chelsea beat Tottenham 2-0 at odds of 15/2 (or +750) and the bettor uses a $25 bonus bet on that result, the payout is simply 7.5 x 25 ($187.50), without the stake.

Given that some matched bets can be remarkably generous, it is always advisable to thoroughly read any terms and conditions before taking up a bonus bet offer. Some offers may impose a cap on possible winnings and/or payout in the form of more bonus bets over actual money that is transferable from an account wallet to a bank account.

Match bet bonuses are much more difficult to find and are generally exclusive to new customers.

In this instance, the stake is returned, along with any winnings. However, these come with wagering requirements, which means that bettors must rollover the bonus amount a set number of times to enable the withdrawal of winnings.

Sports betting apps

Every sportsbook of note also has an app, which is essentially a stripped-down version of the website.

Many apps allow players to place bets with only a few taps of their smartphone and offer personalization, which displays only those markets directed by their preferences.

Some bookmakers also have offers that are unique to those who sign up via an app on a smartphone, as opposed to doing so from a desktop.

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Understanding the odds

Odds are essentially a multiplier that combines with a stake to create a payout amount on top of the returned stake.

For instance, if Newcastle beat Leicester at odds of 4/1 (+400), a $10 stake would yield a payout of $40, with the $10 returned on top.

Depending on which format ia bettor uses when checking out odds, it is worth bearing in mind that any team with the following price has odds against them achieving a certain outcome:

  • American: Greater than +100
  • Fractional: Greater number/Lower number (e.g., 5/2)
  • Decimal: Higher than 2.00

Any team with the following odds are odds-on (or more likely than not) to accomplish an outcome:

  • American: Lower than -100
  • Fractional: Lower number/Greater number (e.g., 4/6)
  • Decimal:  Lower than 2.00

When a winning bet comes through for odds-on teams, the payout on top of the returned stake will only be a fraction of the initial wager’s value.

Types of English Premier League bets (futures)

Manchester City is — once again — a massive favorite in the title winner futures market to win the league. These days, however, there is a lot of pressure on teams to finish inside the top four of the English Premier League.

With the top four progressing to the UEFA Champions League, the top four finish has developed into a market in its own right. Last season, this was a much more open market than the one pertaining to the title race. Some sportsbooks also allow bettors to predict the exact order in which the top four will finish.

At the wrong end of the table, bettors can back an individual team to be relegated or be the lowest-ranked survivor (placed 17th). Some sportsbooks offer the bettor an opportunity to pick from a set of three teams all to be relegated and predict the order in which the three relegated teams will finish.

Types of EPL bets (match)

Aside from straight moneyline bets on the outcome of a match, there are many more markets to explore.

Here are some of the most popular and readily available:


Sportsbooks will set a total match goal threshold that must or must not be breached for a payout.

For instance, if Manchester United beat Arsenal 2-1, it would yield a payout for anyone backing “over 2.5 goals.” However, a 0-0 draw would be enough to see anyone backing “under 0.5 goals” win a payout.

The odds available typically depend on the average scored by all teams across the Premier League history, and with most matches producing one to three goals, 2.5 goals are considered something of a safe bet.

In practice, this means that the odds against “over 3.5 goals” (and against higher thresholds being breached) generally start to rise quite quickly, given the relative rarity of games that produce four to six goals or more.

Conventionally, the total is that contributed by both teams. In a twist, however, individual teams can also be backed to breach a certain threshold of total goals, either across the entire game or in just one half.

Both teams to score and win to nil

Both teams to score (BTTS) is a popular market amongst those who want to create accumulators, given that the odds against both teams scoring are generally quite short.

It is not uncommon for bettors to back five or more matches to see both teams score, and some sportsbooks will even offer a ready-made accumulator of their own, which offers a money-back guarantee if one result within the accumulator (no more, no less) does not win.

Accumulators can also be a mixture of bets on BTTS and matches backed to see at least one team fail to score.

Halftime and full-time

Both the halftime result and the full-time result must be correct for a payout.

When it comes to successfully negotiating this market, bettors often consider teams who are competent but conservative to be potentially lucrative, backing them to win after a level halftime score.

The same applies to “nervy” matches with high stakes for either team, and the odds of a favored team winning after a level halftime score are always longer than those offered for the favorites to win both halves.

First, last and anytime scorer

This can refer to an individual or a team, although backing certain players is considered a much more interesting way to go about betting on the EPL. Where this market is concerned, the most successful bettors will look at which players are on a run of early or late goals.

Goal times

As an added extra, bettors can back certain players to score within certain periods of the game. The time frames offered may vary between sportsbooks, but the standard ones are:

  • Halves (1-45 or 46-90+ minutes)
  • Thirds (1-30, 31-60, 61-90+)
  • Sixths (1-15, 16-30, etc.)
  • Ninths (1-10, 11-20, etc.)

The official goal time is a deciding factor, with the value always rounded up to the nearest minute. For instance, a goal scored at 23 minutes, 19 seconds is a 24th-minute goal.

For those feeling like taking less of a gamble, teams (rather than players) can also be backed to score within those periods.

Live betting on the Premier League

Every one of the 380 matches that unfold throughout a Premier League season has live odds, which are attached to a variety of markets.

Any well-known sportsbook could potentially have hundreds of in-play markets, with the most popular including “next scorer,” “next player to be carded” and “last goalscorer.”

Most sportsbooks will select specific matches, or a combination of them, to intrigue potential bettors with a unique bet that is exclusive to that sportsbook.

Bettors can find reasonable offers in unusual places, and not only via the adverts that play during breaks in live Premier League matches, or during programs like Sky’s Soccer Saturday. These days, many football fan-oriented YouTube channels are also affiliated with sportsbooks, and will provide a link to unique Premier League betting offers in certain videos.

EPL betting tips

While tips are only truly relevant once the fixtures are announced, perhaps the key element at play is timing and being patient, as odds lengthen naturally. There are countless betting guides online, with experts providing unique tips for the biggest EPL matches.

If betting in-play on certain players to achieve particular goals (such as “to score a hat-trick”), the key is to wait. No matter how skilled or well-revered a player is, his odds to score, or do anything else, will always lengthen as time goes by and the possibility of being substituted increases.

The potential rewards for waiting can also be seen in moneyline betting, and the opportunity to win inflated profits via in-play markets.

For instance, Manchester City’s latest title win came after a 4-1 victory at Brighton. However, City conceded first and had they stayed behind long enough to even get new odds against them winning, those odds would have shifted massively, delivering a better-than-average payout.

Like certain players, specific teams also thrive after halftime or in the final 30 minutes of play. They key is to scout around for any surprise halftime score lines in which a team that finished lower in the 2018-19 is leading a team that finished inside the top six. Back the team that is trailing to get an enhanced payout in the event of their victory.

EPL history

The Premier League was founded in 1992, as a means to restructuring how money was distributed in English football.

The ultimate goal was to make clubs participating in the Premier League the flag bearers for English football, offering them the chance to refurbish their stadiums, improve their youth training facilities and gain access to better sponsorship deals.

Perhaps most significantly of all, clubs were able to purchase the foreign talents that would make their team the next success story.

By the time the Premier League celebrated its 10th anniversary, the effects of the Premier League’s formation were self-evident. Manchester United were undoubtedly the biggest beneficiaries of the Premier League’s formation, retaining key talents such as David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and Nicky Butt.

By the summer of 2002, the Red Devils had won the Premier League trophy on seven of a possible 10 occasions, and the influx of foreign talent was another key factor in the improvement of Manchester United, along with a few other teams.

For instance, the Arsenal squads of the late 1990s and early 2000s showed just what foreign players could truly offer. By May 2004, Arsène Wenger’s vision had fully paid off, with Arsenal going unbeaten throughout a 38-game Premier League season.

As of May, the Arsenal squad of 2003-04 remain the only side to achieve this feat.

With football clubs going public like dominoes throughout the latter quarter of the 20th century, it was also around this time that finding the next level of investment from potential directors became all-important.

As already noted, Chelsea and Manchester City are the most prominent examples of what intensive, well-structured investment can achieve, and the world waits in anticipation for the next financial fairytale.

Biggest upsets in history

Important though vast resources seem to be, there has been one notable instance of good scouting alone being responsible for the ultimate success.

In terms of futures betting, undoubtedly the biggest shock of the Premier League’s existence came in May 2016, when Leicester City was crowned as league champions despite commanding odds as distant as 5000/1 at some sportsbooks.

Amongst their ranks were the likes of true Englishmen Danny Drinkwater, Danny Simpson, Marc Albrighton and Jamie Vardy, all of whom had been rejected by other clubs at youth level, with many slogging their way up through several lower leagues before becoming part of Leicester’s “miracle squad” of 2015-16.

Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kanté (currently of Manchester City and Chelsea, respectively) were also huge discoveries bought at a relatively negligible price. Both arrived from obscurity in France, and were rejected at youth level by all of the biggest French clubs.

Like its predecessors and its successors, the 2018-19 season also saw a number of significant shock results in the moneyline market.

Not all of them involved aforementioned “surprise package” Wolves, and one notable recent shock came at the league-low, 11,000-capacity Vitality Stadium, as Bournemouth destroyed a valuable Chelsea squad 4-0 back in January.

There was also the day Arsenal all but gave up their hopes of finishing in the top four, going down 3-2 at home to Crystal Palace, with the victors getting the club’s first-ever win at the Emirates Stadium, and the first away to Arsenal since October 1994.

Leicester City was the biggest longshot ever to win the EPL in 2015/16


How does the Premier League work?

The Premier League is England’s top double round-robin league. Every year, 20 teams play one another twice between August and May, with three league points awarded for a win, and none for a defeat. Teams who are level at full-time are awarded a point apiece.

Under normal circumstances, teams who finish inside the top four enter the UEFA Champions League, which is the top club competition involving clubs from European countries.

The fifth-placed club, meanwhile, qualifies for the Europa League. However, external circumstances can see the sixth and even the seventh-placed team awarded qualification to the Europa League, either directly to the group stage, or into the qualifying rounds. This was the case last season, with Wolves set to embark on a first European adventure in generations.

The teams finishing in the bottom three are relegated to the Football League Championship, and replaced by the first- and second-placed championship teams and a playoff winner from the teams finishing third and sixth.

How many games in EPL season?

There are 38 games in an EPL season.

Each of the 20 teams involved will play 19 games at their stadium, and 19 at the stadiums of opponents, with teams alternating between home and away games most of the time.

Unless there are extenuating circumstances, teams will neither begin nor end the season with consecutive home or away games.

Traditional fixture dates include Dec. 26 (Boxing Day) and Jan. 1 (New Year’s Day), though the latter date does not always feature on the Premier League calendar. Teams will never play at home or play away on both dates.

How to watch the Premier League?

Ever since the Premier League’s formation in 1992, Sky Sports has been the flagship broadcaster of Premier League football.

Today, Sky continues to broadcast a vast majority of Premier League fixtures, typically selecting four games a week to broadcast live with expert analysis.

The kickoff times covered by Sky Sports are 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays, 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sundays, and 8 p.m. on Mondays. Fixtures are moved in response to the selections made by Sky for broadcast.

BT Sport is the secondary broadcaster of Premier League games, with this channel showing matches that kick off at 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays. From the 2019-20 season, Amazon Prime will also broadcast 20 selected Premier League games.

When does the Premier League season start and end?

The Premier League season usually starts in mid-August and ends in mid-May.

What was the fastest goal?

On April 23, 2019, Southampton striker Shane Long scored a Premier League goal against Watford that was officially timed at 7.69 seconds.

It broke a nearly 20-year record held by former Tottenham defender Ledley King, who scored after just 10 seconds against Bradford City in the year 2000.

Which team had the most goals in an EPL game?

Tottenham and Manchester United are the only two Premier League clubs to have scored nine goals in a single match.

Manchester United was the first to achieve this feat, doing so on March 4, 1995, by beating Ipswich Town 9-0 at Old Trafford. That match also saw Andrew Cole score five goals in a Premier League fixture.

On Nov. 22, 2009, Tottenham beat Wigan Athletic 9-1 at former home ground White Hart Lane. Jermain Defoe joined the list of players who have scored five goals in a Premier League match.

What does relegation mean?

Relegation, as suffered by the Premier League teams who finish in the bottom three, involves a demotion to the Football League Championship.

What happens when a team is relegated?

Immediately after a demotion, a relegated team will play the next season in the second tier of English football.

This is also a double-round-robin league, but with 46 games being played and several midweek fixtures to negotiate, many newly relegated clubs have underestimated the league with devastating consequences.

Larger clubs often struggle to re-adjust their wage structure for players and staff alike, and any existing problems can only worsen if players earning high sums on long-term contracts.

Today, teams who are relegated from the Premier League receive “parachute payments,” which are staggered payouts that assist their re-adjustment to a lower league.

Which EPL team has never been relegated?

There are currently eight teams in the Premier League who have never been relegated from it.

Since gaining their respective promotions from the Football League Championship, AFC Bournemouth and Brighton have held their own in the English top flight, through a mixture of mutual respect between player and manager, and a shrewdly spent (if relatively limited) transfer budget.

Meanwhile, six teams have the unique accolade of having played in every Premier League season since starting 1992-93 as one of 22 founder members:

  • Arsenal
  • Chelsea
  • Liverpool
  • Manchester United
  • Tottenham Hotspur
  • Everton

All but the latter club have embarked on at least one Champions League campaign in the last three years, implying that a long stay in the Premier League can assure long-term stability.

Who has been relegated the most?

Three English clubs share the accolade of being relegated from the Premier League the most times. They are Crystal Palace, Norwich City and West Bromwich Albion, all of whom have suffered a Premier League relegation on four occasions.

What is the Fantasy Premier League?

Fantasy Premier League (FPL) is a game played on the official Premier League site, whereby managers can select 15 players, consisting of 11 outfield players and four substitutes, including one goalkeeper.

The outfield players are awarded points depending on their actions during a game. Goals, assists, penalty saves (for goalkeepers) and clean sheets (for goalkeepers, defenders and midfielders) are the primary source of points.

Yellow and red cards, goals conceded, own goals and penalty misses are the leading causes of losing points.

FPL players must select a captain and a vice-captain, with the latter being appointed captain automatically if the default captain is absent. Captains earn double points.

Three “boosts” are also available for use throughout the season. They are “triple captain” (captain earns triple points), “bench boost” (substitute points also count) and “free hit” (infinite changes allowed, for a squad on a one-use basis).

FPL: A handy hint

Fantasy players often use a latter boost during game weeks where teams reach the last 16 of the FA Cup (or further) and play two Premier League games, having seen the original fixture rearranged to accommodate the cup tie.

Users also get two “wild card” boosts throughout the season, once at the start and once in the New Year. This enables unlimited transfers for that game week. These, too, are also widely used during weeks where the most popular players will feature twice.