The English Premier League, or Premiership as it is sometimes called, is probably the most famous football league on the planet. Wherever you go in the world, people have heard of Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool – even people who have never been to England or who have little interest in football! Likewise, their players are international stars, and sometimes their wives are too. Just look at the “Posh and Becks” phenomenon that swept the world in the late 1990s.
But regardless of the media hype off the field, it is the magic that takes place in the middle that really makes the Premier League the global attraction that it is. Fans don’t just enjoy watching the action, millions all over the world also place bets on Premier League fixtures every single week.
Premier League betting is as popular in Tanzania as it is everywhere else in the world. SportPesa meets all your Premiership betting, providing up-to-date fixtures, expert support and the widest choice of football bets around. We also have a team of experts who are constantly reviewing and updating our Premier League betting odds to make sure we offer you the very best available.
English Premier League – some background
England is a country with a long history and a proud sporting heritage. In fact, it was here that the rules for football as it is played today were set down in writing and the Football Association was formed in 1863. This moment can reasonably be described as the birth of football. People had been kicking balls around for much longer, but with only vaguely defined rules that changed from one game to the next.
25 years later, in 1888, the English Football League (EFL) was formed, and for more than a century it was the pinnacle of football in England. In 1992, however, the top teams unanimously agreed to resign from the EFL in order to form the Premiership. This was to circumvent TV broadcasting restrictions and allow them to sign new deals, bringing top English football to a wider audience and meaning the teams themselves could dramatically increase their revenue.
The EFL still exists to this day, and is the oldest football league in the world, but it no longer represents the pinnacle of the sport. Instead, it acts as the feeder league, with teams promoted to and relegated from the Premier League at the end of every season.
Premier League format and history
When the English Premiership first came into existence, it was formed of 22 teams. These include big names that are as famous today as they were almost 30 years ago, like Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea. But there were also some that have since fallen far from the top tier, such as Oldham Athletic, or teams like Wimbledon that that have ceased to exist all together.
In 1995, the number of teams was reduced to 20, bringing it in line with most other top leagues in Europe, by relegating four and promoting two teams. Since then, the structure and format has remained unchanged, with three up and three down at the end of each season. Each team plays each of the other teams twice per season, once at home and once away, so every team plays 38 games. Three points are awarded for a win, and one point for a draw. At the end of the season, the team with the most points is declared the winner, with goal difference and then goals scored used in the event of points being level.
Famous teams and memorable moments
In less than 30 years of its existence, 49 teams have played at least one season of Premier League football. Only six teams have played every season and never been relegated – but they are not the six you might think. Manchester United, Tottenham, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea will come as no surprise. But the sixth team is Everton. Manchester City were actually relegated twice around the turn of the millennium and spent a total of three seasons out of the top flight.
Today, of course, it is a different story and Manchester City is the team that everyone else wants to beat. But when you look across the entire history of the Premiership, it is local rivals Manchester United that have been the most successful.
In fact, the dominance of the Red Devils over the first 20 years of the Premier League was such that even now, with eight years gone by since their last win, United have won the Premier League more times than the next three most successful teams combined!
The League is famous for its “big six” teams. As well as the two from Manchester, there are also Liverpool and then the three biggest London teams. Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea. Between them, the big six have won all but two Premier League titles. The first exception was when Blackburn shocked the footballing world in 1995. But their achievement was mundane compared with the astonishing events of the 2015/16 season.
That was the year the Premier League delivered one of the biggest upsets in sporting history. At the beginning of the season, the only bets being realistically entertained on Leicester concerned whether they could avoid relegation. Bookmakers were offering 5000-1 odds of them winning the league. Yet that is exactly what happened. Such a long-shot result has never been witnessed before or since.
Betting on Premiership football
If you want to back a Premiership long shot of your own, SportPesa is the place to do it, although these days, 5000-1 odds are a thing of the past. But for everyday wagers, a money line bet is the most popular. You can simply bet on one or other team to win, or for the game to end in a draw.