England’s top professional football organization is named the Premier League for a reason. Founded in 1992, the Premier League has grown to 20 clubs, including powerhouse franchises such as Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City. ManU has ruled the league since its inception — winning a total of 13 EPL championships. Chelsea ranks second behind Manchester United in the overall title race with four championships, followed by Arsenal at three.
The Premier League is the most-watched professional soccer league in the world, broadcast in more than 200 territories and 643 million homes with a potential television audience reaching 4.7 billion people.
Leicester City made history during the 2015-16 season by winning its first championship as 5,000-1 underdogs. Managed by Italian coach Claudio Ranieri, Leicester did the unthinkable; winning 23 games after many soccer experts believed they’d be relegated to the EPL’s second tier — the Football League Championship.
Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer, who played in the EPL from 1992 to 2006, is the league’s all-time leading scorer with 260 goals. ManU’s Wayne Rooney, who’s been in the league since 2002, sits second behind Shearer with 191 goals.
Ryan Giggs holds the record for most Premier League appearances with 632. The former Manchester United star midfielder has also won 13 EPL championships — more than any other player in the league’s history.
English Premier League Betting Lines Today
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The EPL season gets rolling on Aug. 13 with some pretty intriguing matchups on tap, including a clash between Arsenal and Liverpool.
The Gunners finished second in the standings last season and will be looking to build on a strong year with an opening victory over Liverpool.
Other key first week matchups include Everton vs. Tottenham and Chelsea vs. West Ham.
Premier League Standings Right Now
Be sure to keep track of where your team sits in the standings before making any bets as it will play into your wagering decisions.
Expect the powerhouse Premier League clubs to return to the top of table for the 2016-17 campaign as both Chelsea and Manchester United will be hungry to rebound from disappointing seasons. Manchester City and Arsenel will also be in championship contention.
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How To Win At English Premier League Betting
While Leicester shocked the soccer world by winning the title in 2016, Ranieri’s side is not favored to repeat as champions. According to Bet365.com’s outright odds, you can expect the usual suspects at the top of the table, with the online sportsbook projecting Manchester City winning it all at +200.
However, you can never count out Manchester United, which has hired world-class manager Jose Mourinho — a coach that seems to know how to win wherever he goes. Manchester United finished fifth in the EPL during the 2015-16 season, but expect them to be fighting for its first championship in three years. Bet365.com has The Red Devils at +400 to win outright.
One team to keep an eye on is Chelsea, which won the championship in 2015. After a disappointing season where they finished 10th in the standings, Chelsea will get a fresh start with new manager Antonio Conte taking over the team.
Conte, who led Juventus to three Serie A championships, will bring Chelsea back into contention with his strong tactical strategies. The Blues, as they’re known, are pegged at +650 to win it all — a bet worth taking.
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