Premier League: A beginner’s guide

How many teams play in the premier league? How many games do each team play? who are the managers and captains of each premier league team?

The 2019/20 Premier League season is upon us and the world’s most elite teams will soon return to action. The premier league starts with Liverpool facing newly promoted Norwich City at Anfield. Fans all around the world are excited for the new season to commence and here are five things you need to know if you are new to the game:

1. Rules & Format

The Premier League sits at the top of the pile in the hierarchical order of English football, which is based on the concept of ‘promotion and relegation’. This rule rewards the best teams from each division to climb up to higher-division while relegating the poorest sides in each division to lower division. As such, a total of 20 teams participate in the premier league every season. The newly-promoted sides are Aston Villa, Norwich City, and Sheffield United while Brighton & Hove Albion, Huddersfield, and Fulham were relegated to English Football League. Every team plays each other twice every season on home and away basis. A win is rewarded with 3 points, a draw earns a single point while there are no points for losing (obviously!). Ultimately, the team to finish the season with the most points wins the league.

2. Teams & Location

London represents the biggest volume in terms of the number of clubs in the Premier League with five teams based in London competing for the trophy. The teams are Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspurs, Crystal Palace, and West Ham. The London teams face just an hour journey when they face Watford. The northern part of England also shares some interesting rivalries with Manchester United and Manchester City as well as Liverpool and Everton. Bournemouth and Southampton are based in the far-southern part of England while Newcastle is based in the far-north.

3. Stadiums & Capacity

A total of 6 teams in the Premier League have stadiums with a capacity of more than 50,000. These teams include Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspurs, and West Ham. ‘Old Trafford’-home of Manchester United is the biggest stadium in the Premier League with a capacity of 74,875 while Bournemouth’s Dean Court is the smallest with a capacity of 11,329.

old trafford
Source: old_trafford

4. Managers

The 20 managers in the Premier League come from 9 different nations. England has the highest number of representatives with 8 managers plying their trade in the league. However, Frank Lampard at Chelsea is the only English manager in the ‘big six’. similarly, three Spanish managers are also coaching in the Premier League, which includes the manager of the defending champions Manchester City-Pep Guardiola. Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool and Daniel Farke at Norwich City represent the german contingent. Similarly, Nuno Espirito Santo at Wolves and Marco Silva at Everton come from Portugal. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Man Utd), Brendan Rodgers (Leicester), Ralph Hasenhuttl (Southampton), Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham), and Manuel Pellegrini come from Norway, Northern Ireland, Austria, Argentina, and Chile respectively.

5. Captain

Ten teams in the Premier League are led by English players: Bournemouth (Simon Francis), Brighton (Lewis Dunk), Everton (Leighton Baines), Liverpool (Jordan Henderson), Manchester United (Ashley Young), Newcastle (Jamaal Lascelles), Sheffield United (Billy Sharp), Watford (Troy Deeney), West Ham (Mark Noble), and Wolves (Conor Coady). However, three teams have yet to announce their captains: Arsenal, Manchester City, and Burnley).

Remaining:

Aston Villa- James Chester (Wales)

Chelsea- Cesar Azpilicueta (Spain)

Crystal Palace- Luka Milivojevic (Serbia)

Leicester- Wes Morgan (Jamaica)

Norwich- Grant Hanley (Scotland)

Southampton- Pierre-Emile Hojberg (Denmark)

Tottenham- Hugo Lloris (France)

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