The Premier League began in 1992/93 and has been one of the most widely-watched leagues in global football ever since. Replacing the old League Division One, the inaugural Premier League champions were Manchester United, who had not won the top title in English football for 26 years prior to that season. Ever since, United have dominated the Premier League, winning it a record 13 times. The division is a sports betting paradise with more markets than ever before.
The Premier League was born in 1992/93, with the input of money from satellite broadcasting in the UK pumping cash into clubs. An influx of talented players from around the world came into the league, with players such as Eric Cantona, Thierry Henry, Michael Owen, Wayne Rooney, Alan Shearer and David Ginola just a few of the hundreds of superstars who have found fame and glory in the Premier League.
While Manchester United have dominated the Premier League with thirteen titles, other clubs have posted some of the most dramatic title wins in the competition’s history. Blackburn Rovers won their only title in 1994/95, after an incredible final day saw them beaten 2-1 by Liverpool but succeeding in edging out their title rivals after Manchester United could only draw 1-1 at Upton Park. Alex Ferguson’s side were denied by a resolute Hammers backline including an in-form Ludek Miklosko.
Following Blackburn’s triumph, United won their third and fourth Premier League trophies in the first five seasons before a certain Arsene Wenger joined the British game to help Arsenal to their first title in 1998. Three titles followed for United, as their great treble-winning side kicked off back-to-back-to-back titles with a last-day victory over Spurs in May 1999. It would be Arsenal who would eventually break United’s seemingly cast-iron grip on the title when they won it at Old Trafford in 2002. Sylvain Wiltord part of a slew of great French players at Arsenal along with Robert Pires and Thierry Henry. Arsenal could have made it two in a row, but were hauled in during the final ten games of the next season, United winning nine and drawing one (at Highbury).
In 2003/04, Arsenal rose to prominence again, the North London club winning 26 and drawing 12 games through an unbeaten season. Looking quite literally unbeatable at that stage, Arsenal fans never would have predicted that would be the last title they’d win.
Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea became the only team other than Manchester United to win back-to-back titles. They took their first title in 50 years in 2004/05 before retaining the trophy the following year. But in 2006/07, after three years withought winning the league title, United were on top again, driven by the twin talents of Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo.
United would go on to retain the title in 2008 (in addition to winning their third Champions League trophy) and again in 2009/2009, but Chelsea won in 2010. United won it back a year later, but in 2011/2012, Manchester City emerged as new and talented competitors on European and domestic stage after winning in the last seconds of the season thanks to a goal scored by Sergio Aguero.
With recent victories for Manchester United (2012/13), Manchester City (2013/14) and Chelsea (2014,15), pundits saw the Premier League as becoming too predictable, but Leicester City’s 2015/16 triumph put and end to that talk after their against all odds victory came at reported odds of 5,000/1! What will happen in the 2016/17 season?
Best English Premier League Betting Lines
Find the latest markets on the English Premier League below. Betting on such consistently profitable lines as over/under 2.5 goals, both teams to score or first goalscorer have proved to be favorites for bettors throughout the league’s 23-year history.
What Are The English Premier League Standings
The current Premier League standings will have a huge impact on betting markets, but there is hardly a more wide-open league in European football.
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How To Win English Premier League Bets
The next season in the Premier League looks set to be one of the most exciting yet. Will Manchester City (+200), a Jose Mourinho-led Manchester United (+500) or Arsene Wenger-inspired Arsenal (+500) win it?
Well, we think the Manchester clubs may have the advantage, but if you are to pick an outsider, we don’t mind looking at Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool (+850). Klopp will bring in his own players, and without European football at all, the temptation will be there to drag Liverpool up the table in the same manner that a distraction-free Leicester did last season.
If Liverpool go on a cup run, then 4th-place and the Champions League might be their limit. But if they exit the domestic cup competitions early, then expect a serious bid for immortality from the ‘spec-tacular’ glasses-wearing Liverpool boss.
Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur had great seasons in 2015/16, but are rightly longer odds to succeed this season than some might imagine.
Leicester start at +2200, while Spurs are just +650, extremely short odds in our opinion, particularly before the end of a transfer window that may leave them clinging on to some of their more ambitious players.
Here are just a few examples of why the Premier League is one of the most entertaining leagues in world football!
Some of the action in 2015/16 was the best the Premier League has ever provided. Check out this collection of ten of the best goals in a year when Leicester City were crowned
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