English Premier League 2014/2015: Tournament Preview

The English Premier League is widely regarded as the most competitive club football competition in world. No side has won it back to back since the 2007/2008 and 2008/2009 seasons, although recent history has certainly been dominated by four teams – no side other than Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea or Arsenal has won the title since Blackburn in 1995.

permierThat said, and it might be an old sporting cliché, but any team can beat any of the top teams ‘on their day’, making the league often wildly difficult to predict (but that’s all part of the fun, right?). With a plethora of world famous stars joining Premier League clubs over the summer after strutting their stuff on the World Cup stage, this season should be just as competitive as ever.

Open pools on SuperBru

Beat Lawro – pit your predictions against BBC expert pundit Mark Lawrenson
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Don’t forget, no matter what pools you play in, everyone is eligible for the £10,000 prize in a single round! Find out more here.

Fantasy Lite

This Premier League season, we’ve launched a new type of game - Fantasy Lite. It aims to bridge the gap between the fantasy and tipping worlds. Each week of a tournament, you’ll pick the players who you think will perform the best, and you’ll be rewarded with points by a fantasy-style scoring model. Find out more about it here.

Last season

Manchester City timed their run to perfection last year, pipping Liverpool, who had been top of the league for the majority of the season, to the title. It was a season to forget for reigning champions Manchester United, who finished way down in seventh, outside any of the European spots.

Position Team Points
1 Man City 86
2 Liverpool 84
3 Chelsea 82
4 Arsenal 79
5 Everton 72
6 Tottenham Hotspur 69
7 Man Utd 64
8 Southampton 56
9 Stoke City 50
10 Newcastle 49
11 Crystal Palace 45
12 Swansea 42
13 West Ham 40
14 Sunderland 38
15 Aston Villa 38
16 Hull 37
17 West Brom 36
18 Norwich 33
19 Fulham 32
20 Cardiff 30
Year Winner
2014 Man City
2013 Man Utd
2012 Man City
2011 Man Utd
2010 Chelsea
2009 Man Utd

First Round Fixtures

Saturday 16th August:
Man Utd v Swansea 12:45
Leicester v Everton 15:00
QPR v Hull 15:00
Stoke v Aston Villa 15:00
West Brom v Sunderland 15:00
West Ham v Tottenham 15:00
Arsenal v Crystal Palace 17:30
Sunday 17th August:
Liverpool v Southampton 13:30
Newcastle v Man City 16:00
Monday 18th August:
Burnley v Chelsea 20:00

So who will be crowned champions this year? Here are the bookies’ odds, according to Oddschecker – take a look, then vote in the poll below!

Chelsea: 2/1
Man City: 13/5
Man Utd: 5/1
Arsenal: 13/2
Liverpool: 12/1
Tottenham: 66/1
Everton: 150/1


Good luck with your picks this season!

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