Comprised of twenty teams, including world-wide favorites such as Liverpool and Manchester United, the English Premier League (EPL) sits at the pinnacle of online betting markets.
Nearly 30 years on from its formation in 1992, the EPL is the most popular and commercially successful domestic league in the world, with a team from the league winning the pan-European UEFA Champions League on five occasions since the EPL’s birth.
Betting on the Premier League online is a simple process and should only take you 5 minutes:
All bookmakers will give new customers some type of tangible offer when they sign up. Free betting promotions are a common offer, but in the event that it is used in a winning bet, only the winnings are returned, with the amount of free credit used to place the bet retained by the bookmaker.
This is also known as a ‘matched bet’. For instance, if a wager was to be placed on one team winning a match at odds of 5/2 (or +750) from a $10 free bet, and it prevailed, the payout is just $75 without the would-be stake ($10) returned.
You need to make sure you read through the terms and conditions before accepting a free bet offer. For example, winnings may be capped at a certain amount, no matter how high the payout, or the pay out may even come in the form of additional free betting credit, rather than actual winnings that can be withdrawn.
Match Bet bonuses are much more difficult to find, though the stake is returned along with any winnings if used successfully. However, these come with wagering requirements, which means that the customer must wager the bonus amount a set number of times to enable the withdrawal of any future winnings at all.
Every notable bookmaker has a betting app which offers the same services its website does
These are much more compact in their layout, and fully customizable, to ensure that the user’s preferred sports are shown most prominently. This prevents endless scrolling and squinting at the screen of the device, and ensures an optimal betting experience.
Aside from being the stake multiplier that determines the potential payout, odds are a reflection of the considered likelihood of a particular event occurring. The term ‘Evens’ refers to an event that is considered 50% likely to happen, like the flip of a coin.
Depending on how the odds are presented, there are ways of telling whether an event is considered more or less likely to happen than not.
If 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.
While this seems to be of little use, many experienced bettors will place these safer wagers to build up a small profit, and then use that on a more speculative wager (like any of 2019/20’s newly-promoted teams winning the title at odds of thousands-to-one).
Odds are lengthening if the numbers shown in Decimal and American format are rising, or the difference between the two numbers is increasing under the Fractional format is getting bigger, with the number on the left increasing and/or the number on the right decreasing.
Decimal and American values that are getting lower indicate shortening odds. Fractional odds are shortening if the number on the right is increasing and/or the one on the left is decreasing.
Live Premier League standings are available on bookmaker and odds comparison sites alike. For mobile users, there are also apps that solely deal with live football standings, some of which may have sponsored links to bookmakers that have offers which pertain to league standings.
Also abbreviated as FPL, this is a seasonal competition that enables people to sign up and manage a team comprising of 15 Premier League players. Each player has a virtual $100m to spend on players, all of which are priced according to their perceived ability.
Players are awarded points based on positive actions. Most commonly, points are attained by scoring goals, claiming assists, pulling off penalty saves, and keeping clean sheets. Yellow and red cards, goals conceded, own goals and penalty misses are the main causes of points being deducted.
Managers are automatically entered into leagues based on nationality and their favorite club. However, they can also create and join leagues, and invite friends to participate.
Full details on the 20 teams that will participate in the 2019/20 EPL season can be found here.
The Premier League has seen some truly fantastic talents come and go over the course of its almost three-decade existence. With the league only getting richer and more attractive to foreign stars, 2019/20 will continue to set the standard of excellence in European club football.
Virgil Van Dijk was crowned 2018/19 PFA Players’ Player of the Year, having transformed Liverpool from an outfit once seen as exceptional in attack but porous in defence. Standing at 6’5 and easily worth nine figures in today’s transfer market, he is not only a composed figure at the back, but also a real threat as the recipient of set-pieces.
Alongside him, Scottish international Andrew Robertson will continue to be an unbelievable threat on the left flank, having finished as the best overall defender in the 2018/19 Fantasy Premier League (FPL) contest. Much of this can be attributed to his high assist rate, and on the opposite flank, Trent Alexander-Arnold has also thrived to nearly the same degree, finishing third in the FPL’s defender rankings just behind Van Dijk.
However, Manchester City are champions for a reason, and England internationals Kyle Walker and John Stones have gone from strength to strength over the course of their respective periods with the champions. Throughout 2018/19, they played either side of Belgian central defender Aymeric Laporte, a tall and commanding influence in the sky blue jersey.
Chelsea did not enjoy a great 2018/19 by their standards, but after Laporte, three Chelsea players made up the remainder of the FPL’s top seven defenders. They were David Luiz, Mikel Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta. Alonso in particular is well-known for his ability to provide goals and assists.
Once again, Mo Salah of Liverpool gained the most FPL points in the midfield rankings, by virtue of getting more than twice as many assists as any other midfield teammate, and finishing as joint-top scorer of the 2018/19 EPL alongside Sadio Mané with 22 goals.
The highest-scoring ‘midfielder’ from 2018/19 still in the Premier League roster is Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling. He netted 15 goals last season, and was crowned both PFA Young Player of the Year and the Football Writers’ player of the year by the FWA. Teammate Leroy Sané was not far behind, finishing on 12 goals.
Despite being designated as midfielders by the FPL game, all of those listed above are essentially wide-forwards. It is easy to overlook the efforts of those who play further back in the centre of the park, and players such as Gylfi Sigurdsson, Luka Milivojevi? and James Maddison are easily overlooked by their more celebrated peers.
Sigurdsson proved particularly dangerous at times for Everton throughout 2018/19, maintaining his reputation as a great deliverer of set-pieces, and an exquisite long-range shooter, netting some memorable strikes against Leicester and Manchester United.
Milivojevi? is also an expert from set-pieces, and boasts an excellent penalty conversion ratio, while 21 year-old Maddison has proven to be an invaluable provider of assists to Leicester’s main striker Jamie Vardy, despite only making the step up from the second-tier EFL Championship last year.
Last season, Liverpool goalkeeper and Brazil international Allison Becker won the golden glove award for keeping the highest number of clean sheets. His Brazil teammate and EPL title rival Ederson finished just seven FPL points behind him, having marshalled the Manchester City defence effectively once again.
Everton’s Jordan Pickford made up the top three goalkeepers of 2018/19. Now the number one goalkeeper for England, Pickford is a remarkably brave goalkeeper, with a tendency to charge down attackers before they can compose themselves enough to strike. Pickford also has a remarkable ratio of saves against the penalties he has faced.
According to Forbes Magazine (in January 2019), the highest-paid Premier League players were as follows:
Along with Liverpool duo Salah and Mané, Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang finished on a league-high of 22 goals in 2018/19. Just one goal behind was City’s long-time main striker Sergio Aguero, who now boasts a personal haul of four Premier League winners’ medals.
Aguero also has a real incentive to perform next season, as 12 goals will be enough to see him overtake Thierry Henry as the fifth-highest goalscorer in EPL history.
Once again, English duo Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane were amongst the chasing pack throughout the season, finishing on 18 and 17 goals apiece. However, it should be noted that Kane spent much of Spring 2019 on the treatment table, and will likely improve upon that tally in 2019/20.
Live betting on an EPL match is the same as doing so antepost (before the match start).
Naturally, odds will fluctuate much more frequently and drastically, but all of the popular markets are in place as long as they have not already been settled. For instance, if two teams are drawing 1-1 after ten minutes, all bets on both teams scoring in that match have already been ‘settled’ (and won).
Key flashpoints other than goals (such as red cards or even just a dangerous attack) can make an impact on odds, and because of this potential for heavy fluctuation, in-play bets (made during matches) are often subject to a delay of several seconds.
Occasionally, some bookmakers may even design a set wager in reaction to those events, i.e: ‘Manchester United to score next and Maguire next player to be booked’.
The outright odds list has generally been reflected in the EPL league table. That was the case last season, as favorites Manchester City won the EPL title, but as recently as 2015/16, the biggest outright upset unfolded when Leicester City overcame odds of 5000/1 to win the league by a ten-point margin.
The season just gone also produced some surprise match results from time to time.
Wolves did particularly well in that department, defying their short relegation odds as a promoted team in 2018/19. Nuno Espirito Santo’s men finished seventh after surprise wins over Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal at home, while beating Tottenham away and holding champions Manchester City to a draw.
Like its predecessors, EPL season 2019/20 will undoubtedly see a few surprising match results.
At the time of the Premier League’s formation in 1992, English football had a reputation for being ugly and scrappy, more famous for its tackling and reliance on goalkeepers punting balls straight towards attackers.
However, the new resources granted by the formation of the Premier League, and its exclusive broadcasting partnership with BskyB (Sky Sports) ensured that homegrown talents could be better coached. So too would it make the league more attractive to the best foreign players across the world.
The mid-1990s were all about French striker Eric Cantona, who was completely unplayable on his day, and his exploits provided the blueprint of how foreign flair and native hardiness could be blended to devastating effect.
In 1999, Manchester United famously completed a ‘treble’, winning the F.A Cup and Champions League on top of the Premier League. By that time, Dutch defender Jaap Stam had also staked his place in the United ranks, and he is still considered to be one of the best foreign players in the history of the Premier League.
Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich’s takeover of Chelsea (in 2003) proved to be a key flashpoint in this facet of the modern game. At the end of 2002/03, the Blues had qualified for the Champions League, and this combined beautifully with Abramovich’s money.
Over the next two years, major talents like Arjen Robben, Didier Drogba, Claude Makelele and Petr Cech came flooding in, and in April 2005, Chelsea won the English top-flight trophy for the first time in fifty years.
ADUG’s takeover of Manchester City in 2008 provides an even more emphatic example of how a relatively ordinary team can become the next success story overnight.
The most important thing to bear in mind is not how much you are winning, but how much you are out of pocket. On matchdays, smart bettors will often place a number of bets, but place smaller wagers on the unlikely outcomes.
Accumulators are one way around this, as backing five dead-certs to win might only yield a fraction of the stake as payout (alongside the returned stake) but a profit has still been made. For instance, if a $1 profit was made on a $10 bet on three very strong teams, that $1 can be used on even the most outrageous bets, without incurring a needless loss.
A 3-way bet can also be helpful in generating marginal profits (for the same purpose) to offset against loss. A 3-Way bet is a wager on all possible outcomes of an EPL match (Home win/Draw/Away win). Thus, a win is guaranteed, but so is the loss of two wagers on the outcomes that do not prevail.
Though no 3-way bettor is immune from a potential overall loss, smart users of betting sites will hedge their bets according to how likely a team is to win. For example:
If Liverpool win as expected, this is what happens:
In this instance, the overall profit is $0.60, which can then be used on something much more speculative without incurring a loss.
Every season, 20 teams face each other twice, once on their home ground and once at the ground of the opposition. Where possible, teams alternate between home and away games every week, and barring any need for fixture changes, will not start or end the season with two successive home or away games.
Under the current format, EPL seasons are 38 game weeks in length.
Sky Sports has held a monopoly over the Premier League in the United Kingdom since its inaugural season. Games are also broadcast on BT Sport and Amazon Video.
In the United States, EPL games are viewable on NBC Sports and the Spanish-language Telemundo Deportes. Viewers in Canada are able to watch via DAZN.
The 2019/20 season started on August 10, 2019 and was postponed indefinitely on March 13, 2020 amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
To date, Arsenal have won three EPL titles, doing so in 1998, 2002 and 2004.
On 23 April 2019, Southampton striker Shane Long scored a Premier League goal against Watford which was officially timed at 7.69 seconds.
Manchester United (in March 1995) and Tottenham (in November 2009) are the only teams to have scored nine goals in an EPL game.
At the end of every season, the three teams ranked lowest in the table drop into the second-tier EFL Championship.
After being replaced by one of the three teams promoted from the EFL Championship into the Premier League, a relegated team must gain promotion back to the EPL via one of two ways. The first is to finish in the top two of the Championship, the second is to finish between third and sixth, and negotiate playoffs (a two-legged semi final and a final at Wembley).
Six teams have never missed an EPL season. They are Manchester United, Tottenham, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Everton.
The two additional teams never relegated from the EPL are AFC Bournemouth and Brighton & Hove Albion.
Crystal Palace, Norwich City and West Bromwich Albion have all been relegated from the EPL on four occasions.