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.
Although the long history of Bournemouth can be traced back to 1899, this team only entered into the Premier League in 2009. This has not stopped many critics from doubting whether The Cherries will be able to break into the top ten. They finished the season on the 14th position, with 13 wins, 6 draws, and 19 losses, but that did not dampen their spirits. New players such as Dominic Solanke, a transfer from Liverpool, and Chris Mepham, a transfer from Brentford are hoped to add a bit of impetus to Bournemouth, and while they might not take the league, a strong showing is virtually guaranteed.
Favoured as one of the top picks to take the 2019-20 championship, Arsenal still has a number of challenges to face. The 2018-19 season was the first one without Arsène Wenger as the head coach after twenty-two years. Unai Emery managed to lead the team to the fifth place in the league and the first European final since 2006 – UEFA Europa League. It remains to be seen whether Arsenal will use this as momentum in hopes to rise to the top of the League. They have been waiting to pick the Premier League trophy since 2004 when they managed to stay undefeated for the entire season.
After three years out of the Championship, Aston Villa returns to the Premier League. Following relegation in 2016, the Villans were simply unable to find rhythm with Roberto di Matteo, their new manager. Steve Bruce replaced him in the middle of the 2016-17 season, and Dean Smith took over in October 2018. At the time, Aston Villa was the 14th club in the Championship, but Smith managed to revive their attack with the team setting a record winning streak of 10 consecutive victories in April 2019. The win over Derby County (2-1) on May 27th, 2019 brought them back to the League. Tammy Abraham, Villa’s 21-year-old striker on loan from Chelsea scored as many as 26 goals in the 2018-19 season and seems unstoppable and eager to prove that he can repeat such a successful season in the Premier League, as well.
BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION
The Seagulls are now preparing for their third Premier League season. Chris Houghston was given the boot at the end of the 2018-19 season due to poor results, and Graham Potter was given a four-year managerial contract. Brighton & Hove Albion narrowly avoided relegation and finished on the 17th place, even though they recorded victories against the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United. The team definitely relies too much on their most notable striker, Glenn Murray (15 goals this season) because no other player comes even close regarding the number of scored goals. And what they undoubtedly need is to capitalise upon goal scoring – if they hope to stay afloat within such a heavyweight crowd, points matter.
After emerging from the doldrums associated with the near oblivion between 1976 and 1987, they came back to enjoy success from 2000 to 2009. However, Burnley always 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 2016-17 season mirrored the rather disappointing 2009-10 season so the team hoped to break the cycle. They finished in 7th place during the 2017-18 season but then fell to 15th in 2018-19. Sean Dyche, who has been managing the team since 2012, hopes to silence his sceptics. Key players to watch include Ashley Westwood and Chris Wood.
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 Liverpool always make for an exciting game. Recent examples of their success include an 8-0 win over Wigan Athletic in 2010 and the same score against Aston Villa in 2012. Modern names, such as Hazard and Pedro, have been essential in helping Chelsea’s continued rise, and the addition of N’Golo Kante in 2016 proved fruitful as he was awarded the Player of The Year award in 2018. Maurizio Sarri, who replaced Antonio Conte in 2018, started his Premier League strong – Chelsea recorded 12 consecutive victories in the first 12 league matches and finished in third place at the end of the season. Can they mount the podium once again and take the trophy back after Manchester City’s two-year reign?
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 always been Brighton & Hove. They performed rather well in their sixth consecutive Premier League season and it is fully logical to expect the team to rise within the top ten. This can be partially attributed to the positive nature of coach Roy Hodgson as well as the sheer presence of Luka Milivojević, the team captain and top goal scorer.
Everton FC has been in existence since 1878 and they are one of the oldest clubs in the country. Otherwise known as The Toffees, this team was First Division champions in the 1986-87 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, and the 2018-19 season was their 65th consecutive season in the top English football league system. Will the personality of Coach Marco Silva be enough to push the Toffees through? Major players such as Gylfi Sigurðsson and Richarlison might very well help to improve their 8th place standing associated with the 2018-19 season. In fact, many players are confident that Everton will place within the top six at the Premier League in the coming season and qualify either for the Champions League group stage or the Europa League group stage.
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. It is rumoured that Leicester City is interested in signing Bertrand Traore, who has had an amazing season in France. Can Jamie Vardy pull together the team in order to top their 9th place from the last two seasons? While they might upset some other teams and break into the top five, the chances are not very good that the club will finish within the top three.
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. Coach Jürgen Klopp has tended to focus on the strengths of Mo Salah, the veritable heartbeat of the organisation. He scored 22 goals in the Premier League this season and was the recipient of the Golden Boot for 2018-19 together with Aubameyang and Mane. Liverpool finished the season in the second place, with just a point behind Manchester City, but many are optimistic that they can finally take home the League championship next season. One reason for this is the fact that they managed to earn their place in the 2018-19 Champions League final game, having annihilated Barcelona in a historic win with 4-0 (4-3 on aggregate) in the semifinals.
Manchester City is known 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 2015-16 Football League Cup title as well as their title within the first division of the Premier League in the 2013-14 season. With an average rate of possession of 66.5 percent 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 percent is likewise quite impressive and other teams often have difficulty matching this prowess. During this last season, Manchester City managed to do the impossible – they won the League Cup, the FA Cup, and successfully defended their Premier League title. And if that wasn’t enough, they also won the Community Shield. Given that Pep Guardiola is no stranger to pressure, he will do everything in his power to have his team hold on to their League title three years in a row. If all goes as planned, Man City should be nearly impossible to overcome.
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 2016-17 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. The major issue this past season was the negative energy exuded by Coach Jose Mourinho who was replaced in the middle of the season by Ole Gunnar Solskjær, first as a caretaker and then as a permanent manager. After all the turbulence, Man Utd managed to finish the season in the sixth place and at least qualify for the Europa League group stage. There are rumours that David de Gea is refusing to sign a new deal, and Jasper Cillessen is seen as a
possible replacement as he expressed interest in leaving Barcelona at the end of this season. With additional transfers bound to happen, we’ll see whether the Red Devils can reclaim the Premier League throne once again.
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 1992-93 as well as 2009-10 and 2016-17. 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. They finished the 2018-19 season in 13th place with 12 wins, 9 draws, and 17 losses. Initially there were some concerns that coach Rafa Benitez might not have received the funds required to break through above the number ten spot, but the January transfer window proved quite the opposite. The Magpies signed Miguel Almiron for £21 million reportedly, and are now ready to break the bank once more and sign Joelinton, a Brazilian centre forward.
The Canaries are making a comeback to the Premier League in style. After three years in the Championship, they are returning to the League as the Championship Champions. Norwich City was founded in 1902 and the club has been playing home games at Carrow Road ever since 1935. Their yellow and green kits have earned them the nickname they are known for and the song their supporters chant, “On the Ball, City” is considered to be the oldest football song in the world, dating back to 1890. Daniel Farke is certainly the most responsible for the club’s rise from the ashes in the Championship (they placed 14th in the 2017-18 season), by having the game rely heavily on Teemu Pukki, a Finnish striker, who scored 30 goals this season. What will the best team in the Championship bring to the Premier League, and whether they’ll manage to hold on to it, we’re about to see.
After twelve years in the Championship and League One, the Blades are returning to the Premier League with a bang. Sheffield United was founded in 1889 and has played their home games at Bramall Lane ever since. They were the winners of the FA Cup four times (in 1899, 1902, 1915, and 1925) and the Football League in 1898 and this period in the club history is considered to be their glory years. In the years to come the Blades had ups and downs, falling into the Second and even Third Division, and occasionally coming back to the First Division. In 2017 they placed first in League One with exactly 100 points, and then finished in the 10th position in the Championship the following year. Their most prominent player during the 2018-19 season was midfielder Oliver Norwood who came to the club on a loan but became a permanent team member in January 2019. Even though he had only 24 appearances, he was selected as a member of the Championship Team of the Season as he proved to be a very valuable player.
Southampton has 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 is not particularly known as being a strong team from a statistical point of view. Many are hoping that the Saints will make a fresh start after having fallen to 16th place during the 2018-19 season. The question is whether such a wish is too tall of an order for coach Mark Hasenhüttl. Southampton released Gardoş, Pied, and Tadić at the end of the 2017-18 season, and brought Armstrong, Elyounoussi, Gunn, and Vestergaard. Since they managed to move only one place up on the table this season, it seems that even a mid-table finish would be impressive in the season to come.
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 come in second place within the league, their 2016-2017 season was quite impressive. This is partially due to a passing accuracy of 83.8 percent alongside nearly 18 shots per game (about 2 goals every match). Their only real weakness involves aerial duels and such a flaw would be even more pronounced when we consider that as of April 2019 they are playing at their own stadium. A placing of 4th in the 2018-19 season could hint at even more stellar things to come. Their star player is without a doubt Harry Kane, who also captains the English national team.
Watford FC was created in 1898 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 percent 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 to come back from a nearly certain loss. The main problem is that after an 11th-place finish during the 2018-19 Premier League, many feel that the Hornets lack the required forward momentum. Javi Garcia proved to be the right choice for the manager position, and he was rewarded with a contract for the next four years. While the team’s defence is impressive, they lack goal power. If there is one team that might exit the Premier League, Watford may very well be it.
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). 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. Coach Manuel Pellegrini could add new blood to the lineup and existing players including Łukasz Fabiański should gel the team together further. Pellegrini is the first team coach who has won a Premier League title and has managed to lead West Ham to the tenth position (we should note that one of the top ten places in the League has eluded West Ham since 2016). There is hope that his level of experience should serve to boost the confidence of the players, and while West Ham might not be slated for the top position, they should still perform reasonably well.
Wolverhampton Wanderers have returned to the Premier League after winning the EFL Championship in 2018, and they have made quite an entrance. They managed to finish the season in the 7th place and qualify for the Europa League second qualifying round for the first time in history. They have quite an impressive list of players, including Raúl Jiménez, Rui Patricio, Willy Boly, and Rúben Neves, while João Moutinho is still considered to be the linchpin of the team. The team boasts a solid defence and the ability to go the distance, so they could very well leave a lasting impression during the 2019-20 season. In regards to a much-anticipated top-half finish, the bets are still out at this point but most fans seem to be quite optimistic.