Premier League Q&A: Who will win the title…
We provide the answers to the top Premier League-related questions you’ve been searching for this season
Thousands of questions are inputted into search engines every day about the Premier League, so we though we’d try answering some of them.
We can’t tell you for certain who is going to win the Premier League this year (though we’re fairly confident we have an idea) and neither can we choose an English team for you, but here’s what we do know about the pressing questions you’re asking most.
It’s not over until it’s over, but Chelsea are 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League table as things stand and well on their way to reclaiming the title. The best price offered to bet on them to win the league is now 1/10, so the bookmakers are certainly convinced.
There should be plenty of silverware to go around at Stamford Bridge; Antonio Conte is the 1/8 favourite to be the Manager of the Year and 1/3 is the best you can get on N’Golo Kante being named the PFA Player of the Year.
If Chelsea keep up their current pace, they will finish the season with around 92 points. That would be the second-highest total in Premier League history after the 95 they amassed in 2004-05, Jose Mourinho’s first season at Stamford Bridge.
The Premier League tends to start on the second weekend in August, with the first round of fixtures for the 2016-17 season played on August 13 and 14. The weekend prior is reserved for the Community Shield and the start of the Football League season.
That will be the case again for the 2017-18 campaign, with matches commencing on Saturday, August 12.
There are 38 games in a Premier League season, and at the time of writing 28 rounds of matches have been played. That means a number of clubs have 10 matches remaining, but others have missed rounds due to their commitments in cup competitions and have 11 or, in the case of Arsenal, Manchester United and Southampton, even 12 still to go.
We do not have an exact date for the 2017-18 season yet, but the fixtures for the next campaign will be announced sometime in mid-June. The first set of games chosen for live broadcast on television is revealed a few weeks later, in early July.
There’s no perfect answer here. If you live in the UK, by supporting your local team you can attend games, meet likeminded fans and support something that is embedded in your local community.
Chances are, though, you’re asking this question from abroad. In that case, the best advice we can offer is just to watch a variety of games and see what sticks; it’s better to get a feel for a few different teams and players before making a decision than to go in blindly. There’s no better way to catch the bug than to just be caught up in a great game and want to watch the next one that team plays – and the one after that, and so on.
Video games can also be a good route into things for the beginner. They allow you to start memorising player names, positions and tactics and, inevitably, result in a little bond forming when you lead Crystal Palace to Champions League glory.
Figures are not released publicly but according to a Daily Mirror report from last season, Premier League referees are paid a basic salary of £90,000 a year.
That’s not a bad start but if you crack UEFA’s fixture lists things can get even more lucrative. While English refs get a handy £450 for every Premier League game they take charge of, they can pocket £4,000 for each European or international game they oversee.
Martin Atkinson, who was one of two English referees at Euro 2016 along with Mark Clattenburg, is said to have banked over £150,000 in total during the 2014-15 season by reffing 37 league games as well as six Champions League games, two in the Europa League and three European Championship qualifiers.
Brian Deane scored the first-ever Premier League goal in Sheffield United’s 2-1 victory over Manchester United on August 15, 1992. The Premier League formed for the 1992-93 season and Deane headed in from a long throw after five minutes.
Arsenal have not won the Premier League since the 2003-04 season, when they were crowned champions after going an entire campaign unbeaten. It was Arsene Wenger’s third title – and the Gunners’ third in the Premier League era – but they have not added to their total since.