Your One-Stop Guide to Premier League Teams
Following the latest Premier League statistics can be challenging to say the least. Those who are fans of sports betting or who simply want to know what to expect during the upcoming season need to be provided with the latest and the most up-to-date information. We have tried to take the guesswork out of this equation by providing you with the most pertinent details of these 20 teams as well as some of their primary strengths to take into account. Without any further delay, let’s begin.
Based out of Bournemouth, this team was first created in 1899 and it is primary associated with third-tier football. Still, we should mention that they have performed impressively since their entrance into the Premier League in 2009. AFC Bournemouth completed the 2016-2017 in 9th place. Forward Jermain Defoe and goalkeeper Asmir Begovic are considered to be their top players and considering that “The Cherries” have been steadily moving up in the league rankings, their main goal is to further cement their position as well as to break into the top five spot during the 2018 season.
Also known as “The Gunners” Arsenal is arguably one of the most well-known football clubs within the Premier League. It can trace its roots back to 1886 (as dial Square) and this team holds the distinction as being the first club from the South of England to join the league. Thanks to no fewer than 13 championship titles, Arsenal has always been a force to be reckoned with. Names such as Thierry Henry have become synonymous with unsurpassed talent and players including Alexis Sanchez (24 goals between the 2016-2017 season) continue to define Arsenal as one of the top contenders. This is no doubt partially due to the fact that their 2017 valuation has been predicted to be just over 1.5 billion pounds. If all goes as manager Arsene Wegner hopes, the team might just be able to pull off a 14th championship title in the coming season.
Brighton & Hove Albion
Brighton & Hove Albion can trace its roots back to 1901 and since this time, the team has been colloquially referred to as The Seagulls or simply “Albion”. The team has used three stadiums during its history and the newest addition (Falmer Stadium) can seat more than 30,000 fans. In terms of statistics alone, the top players who wear Brighton & Hove colours include Anthony Knockaert (the EFL Championship Player of the Year) vice captain Lweis Dunk (having conceded only 36 goals in the recent season) and Dale Stevens (49 tackles and a pass accuracy of an astounding 86 per cent). The 2016-2017 season was their sixth season within the Championship and while losses late in the season to Bristol City and Norwich City may have left fans with a bad taste in their mouths, the fact that Brighton & Hove enjoyed a 2-1 win over Wigan Athletic shows that they are indeed contenders for the upcoming year.
Burnley FC have been in the Premiere League since the 2015-2016 season and they have played at Turf Moor since 1888. One interesting fact in regards to this team is that it has experienced its share of ups and downs over the years. After falling into near oblivion between 1976 and 1987, they came back to enjoy success from 2000 to 2009. However, Burnley has seemed to suffer from poor results during away games (this is in direct contrast to a majority of home wins). Some feel that their performance during the 2016-2017 season mirrored the rather disappointing 2009-2010 season. The team hopes to break this cycle and considering that they have already celebrated their first win against Chelsea, the upcoming year should be interesting indeed. Players to watch include defender Ben Mee and Midfielder Jeff Hendrick.
When we think of English football, The Blues always come to mind. Chelsea is one of the most famous teams within the Premier League and since 1955, they have featured prominently in many championship bouts. In fact, they are the only London club to have ever won the UEFA Champions League. Arch rivals such as Arsenal and Leeds always make for an exciting game. Recent examples of their success include an 8-0 win over Wigan Athletic and the same score against Aston Villa in 2012. Modern names including Fabregas and Pedro have been essential to help Chelsea’s continued rise to a potential cup double and the addition of N’Golo Kante (from Leicester) should help to bolster the team’s defence during the 2017-2018 season. Considering that Kante has made an incredible 289 tackles, fans should be ready for a year which places a greater emphasis on defence. As of 2016, Forbes has ranked Chelsea FC as the seventh most valuable football club in the world (an estimated value of 1.15 billion pounds). This puts them on par with rivals such as Arsenal. Let’s see if owner Roman Abramovich can capitalise upon this worth during the coming year.
Otherwise known as The Eagles, Crystal Palace FC was first founded in 1905. Although never having reached the top of the Premier League, Crystal Palace is known for its long-standing rivalry with Manchester United (having lost during both the 1990 and the 2016 finals to this team). They have enjoyed the position of second-tier champions twice and besides Manchester, their traditional competitors have been Brighton & Hove. In terms of the 2017-2018 season, Players to watch out for include Wilf Zaha, Christian Benteke (for goal-striking prowess) and Ruben Loftus-Cheek for a bit of a dark-horse edge.
Everton FC has been in existence since 1878 and they are one of the oldest clubs within the country. Otherwise known as The Toffees, this team was First Division champions in the 1986-1987 season and they most recently won the FA Cup in 1995. It is also interesting to note that Everton holds the record as the team with the most top-tier appearances over the years (114 seasons out of a total of 118). Naturally, forward Wayne Rooney will be a player to watch during the 2017-2018 season as will Oumar Niasse. Having recently lost to rivals Chelsea, we should be looking for Everton to solidify their defence while simultaneously allowing the top scorers to take the fight to their opponent.
Known as The Terriers amongst their fans, Huddersfield Town held the distinction of being the first team which won three consecutive league titles in 1926. However, this club is also somewhat of a dark horse; having gained acceptance to the Premier League only recently. This signifies that they will likely struggle during the 2017-2018 season as they find their footing within a much more competitive environment. Still, players such as Steve Mounie and Laurent Depoitre are expected to perform well regardless of the circumstances. The question is whether or not captain Tommy Smith can hold the rest of the team together against opponents such as Manchester City and Arsenal.
Leicester FC was formed in 1884 and while having been finalists within the FA Cup no fewer than four times, they have yet to claim a victory. However, this is not to say that Leicester is less than formidable; their recent 2016-2017 UEFA Champions League appearance clearly illustrates that Leicester should never be taken lightly. Some strengths of this team include strong counter attacks and the ability to come back from a losing position. Top scorers such as Vardy and Okazaki should be able to capitalise upon this edge although it needs to be said that possession has been an issue with Leicester for some time. If they can address this demon, the 2017-2018 season should keep fans coming back for more.
Nicknamed The Reds, Liverpool FC has been in existence since 1892. Although their last First Division win was in 1990, this squad has won the Football League Cup no fewer than eight times; a record. Known for very strong counter attacks and maintaining possession of the ball, Liverpool needs to up its game in terms of wing defences and through-ball attacks. Forward Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah are definite strengths in terms of goals. They will be able to come in handy if Liverpool is able to increase its level of aggression during gameplay during the 2017-2018 season. We should therefore expect them to adopt a more proactive stance during gameplay so that they will be able to maintain possession of the ball; particularly against the more formidable Premier League teams.
Manchester City is know for being associated with some of the most die-hard fans in the game, and for good reason. While it can be argued that their so-called “golden years” took place throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the fact of the matter is that this team is extremely formidable in more modern times. This is evidenced by their 2015-2016 Football League Cup title as well as their title within the first division of the Premier League in the 2013-2014 season. With an average rate of possession of 66.5 per cent and no fewer than 3.5 goals scored per game, Manchester City is not to be taken lightly by any domestic team. A Pass accuracy of 89.4 per cent is likewise quite impressive and other teams often have difficulty matching this prowess. During the 2017-2018 season, we should see the team continue to capitalise upon these strengths and players including Sergio Aguero alongside the aggressive Nicolas Otamendi should bring much to the table in terms of raw competitive power.
Manchester United has enjoyed the nickname “The Red Devils” since its formation in 1902. They are perhaps best noted as being the only club in English history to have won the FA Cup, the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League. During their 2016-2017 season, this team walked away with the UEFA Europa League title; an impressive achievement indeed. To put this into perspective, it was reported that Manchester United had a total revenue of more than $765 million dollars; more than Real Madrid and Barcelona combined. So, it should be no surprise that some truly great players call this club home. Amongst those to watch in the upcoming season are Lukaku and Martial (for their goals) and Young for his aggressive gameplay. It is also interesting to mention that currently this team has very few known weaknesses. Their strengths include excellent chances to score at the last minute, an ability to protect the lead and flexible counter attacks. Expect to see more of the same from this impressive team during the 2017-2018 season.
Newcastle United (also known as The Magpies) first came into existence in 1893. While this team might not possess as illustrious of a past as Manchester United, they have nonetheless won the league on four different occasions. The 1980s and 1990s were particularly impressive decades, as Newcastle United took home the Football League Championship during the 1992-1993 as well as 2009-2010 and 2016-2017. Some of the metrics which set this team apart include superior long shot capabilities and their talent at created chances to score during seemingly impossible circumstances. Top players such as J. Lascelles and I. Hayden should enjoy a lucrative upcoming season. However, we need to keep in mind that Newcastle United will need to address a few key areas of concern such as maintaining possession of the ball and improving aerial duels in order to stand a chance against other teams such as Manchester United.
Southampton have been in existence since 1885 and they are known as having enjoyed a streak of 27 consecutive years within the Premier League before losing this position in May 2005. However, they have once again risen to these ranks and if the players have anything to say about it, they are here to stay. Sometimes referred to as The Saints, Southampton are not particularly known as being a strong team from a statistical point of view. Indeed, areas for improvement include the number of shots taken per game (approximately 14.4 at the moment) as well as a rather poor possession rate of just above 56 per cent. In the coming season, it makes sense to expect the team to focus upon defensive tactics (particularly in reference to long shots) as well as cutting down on the number of individual errors per game. If they can hold it together, players such as Gabbiadini and Romeu could perform quite well. The question is whether or note these demands can be met while still maintaining their standing within the Premier League.
Founded in 1863, Stock City (known as The Potters) is one of the oldest football clubs in existence. This team has enjoyed a long rivalry with West Bromwich Albion as well as the Wolverhampton Wanderers. The team won the league cup once in the 1971-1972 season while they enjoyed the runner-up position in 1963-1964. While these statistics are not necessarily that impressive, it is important to keep in mind that Stoke City have recently signed a man who many consider to be one of the best midfielders in the league. Darren Fletcher was acquired in September and many fans are hoping that this presence will help to break the deadlock that seems to have plagued Stoke City in recent times. Other rising stars to watch out for include Xherdan Shaquiri (a quality passer) and Kurt Zouma (known for his strong possession skills).
Swansea City was founded in 1912 and as of the 2016-2017 season, they are in 15th place out of 20 within the Premier League. It could be argued that this poor standing partially arises from the fact that they only first reached this status in 2011 and they might not yet have the composure to compete with the big boys. Indeed, manage Paul Clement will be hoping to improve the rankings during this season. Swansea City is known for being able to protect the lead although they still need to work on defending against counter attacks as well as keeping possession of the ball during high-pressure moves. This will involve both strategy and psychology. Still, players such as T. Abraham are known for their scoring capabilities if given the chance. So, it will be a team effort and the use of assists from teammates such as J. Ayew should hopefully increase the standing of Swansea.
Tottenham was formed in 1882 and as they play out of Wembley Stadium, they are able to host more fans than any other team within the Premier League. Having coming in second place within the league, their 2016-2017 season was quite impressive. This is partially due to a passing accuracy of 83.8 per cent alongside nearly 18 shots per game (about 2 goals every match). Their only real weakness involves aerial duels and if they can address this metric, the 2017-2018 season could see them walking away with the title. They are excellent at attacking set pieces as well as emphasising the strengths of individuals such as Kane and Alderweireld. Known for short passes as well as controlling the opposition’s half of the pitch, Tottenham could be in for a great year if all goes as planned.
Watford FC was created in 1881 and they are currently in 17th place out of 20 within the Premier League. In terms of statistics, this team is in the “middle of the road”. 12 shots per game, 1.5 goals per match and an average possession of 49.1 per cent all have room for improvement. They need to be particularly aware of counter attacks and defending their set pieces (a known weakness in recent years). Still, these are balanced out with other strengths including the ability come back from a nearly certain loss. Players including Doucoure (goals) and Britos (aggression) should help to provide the balance that Watford requires to rise out of the Premier League doldrums. Considering that they were runners-up during the 2014-2015 season, the taste of victory is likely to still be fresh on their tongues.
West Bromwich Albion
West Bromwich Albion can trace its history back to 1878. Often simply referred to as West Brom, this team is in 10th place out of its 20 Premier League competitors. As if a perfect example of black and white, this team spent 24 years enjoying a presence within the Premier League (1949-1973) before experiencing a hiatus between 1986 and 2002. Their rivalry with Aston Villa is well documented and they also enjoy regular passionate (but sportive) feuds with Manchester City. It can be argued that their most pronounced strength is their ability to shoot from direct free kicks. Still, head coach Tony Pulis has much on his plate if he hopes to break into the top-ten league standings. We should expect him to focus upon areas such as protecting the lead, keeping possession of the ball and (above all), cutting down on the amount of fouls committed by his players. This means aggressive players including H. Robson-Kanu will have to tone their gameplay down while still protecting top scorers such as J. Rodriguez.
West Ham United
West Ham United was first formed in 1895 and they play out of London Stadium (with a capacity of 60,000, one of the largest venues behind locations such as Wembley). They fall just behind West Bromwich in terms of placing (currently 11th out of 20 in the Premier League). This is actually interesting, for the team averaged only one goal per game in the 2016-2017 season. Their possession of 49.3 per cent was less than stellar as well. However, their ability to create incredibly long shot opportunities may be able to compensate for such shortcomings on occasion. They need to address certain weak areas including protecting their lead as well as countering against long shots from the other side. Chicharito (goals) and A. Carroll (aerials won) should be watched carefully this year. If the team can pull their weaknesses together, these top players could do some real damage to other formidable opponents. The question is whether or not West Ham can breach the top-ten threshold during the 2017-2018 season.