The top-flight of the English football league system is called the Premier League. It was founded in 1992 as the FA Premier League after the Football League First Division clubs decided to break away from the original English league that was founded in 1888.
The Premier League is the Football League with the most number of spectators in the world. The Premier League has seen 49 clubs take part so far. However, only six teams have won the league title and they are Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers and Leicester City.
Every year, the last 3 teams on the table are relegated to the English first division league and the top 3 teams from the first division are promoted to the Premier League.
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The rivalry of North London that involves the Gunners and the Lilywhites is all about the bragging rights and Arsenal had been dominant for close to two decades. Now Tottenham have emerged as the better team in North London but only time will tell if it will remain that way. Can Spurs stand the test of time or are we in for a Gunner resurgence?
Arsenal beat Tottenham 4-2 in the first North London derby of Premier League, last season. Aubameyang, Lacazette and Lucas Torreira were on the score sheet for the Gunners, Dier and Kane were on score sheet and Vertongen was sent off for Spurs. The second North London derby also saw a red card, but this time it was for Arsenal player, Lucas Torreira. London derbies are always high intensity games, where emotions and enthusiasm of both players and fans are terrific .
It wasn’t that long ago that this was a derby that was heavily one-sided as evidenced by the fact that Sir Alex Ferguson dismissed their city rivals as ‘noisy neighbours’. But the noisy neighbours have seemingly taken over now and there has been a clear power shift in Manchester. But as we know, you can never count Manchester United out and with the two teams looking the strongest they have in years, this rivalry could very well be the mine that we tap a lot of entertainment out of in the years to come.
Manchester City dominated both the Manchester derbies of last season, they beat Manchester United 3-1 in the first game, where Silva, Aguero and Gundogan scored for Manchester City. In the second game, Manchester City beat United 2-0 at Old Trafford, where Bernardo Silva and Sane scored for Manchester City.
Dubbed the ‘friendly derby’, the Merseysiders, however, have tried their very best to ensure it is anything but on the pitch. Don’t believe me, just look at how many red cards have been produced in this fixture over the years. Both teams are rich in history and this is one rivalry that divides the people of Merseyside for life.
Merseyside derby, Liverpool beat Everton 1-0 in a tight game, Origi Scored the only goal in extra time to seal it for Liverpool. The second Mersyside derby was played in March 2019, which ended 0-0. Both the Merseyside derbies were enthralling but short on goals.
It’s all about the history and the legacy of two great clubs who have taken turns to dominate the country and occasionally, the European continent itself. It’s about as heated as rivalries get and the Mancunians and Merseysiders have no qualms about putting their nose to the grindstone when it comes to eking out a result for their team on the day.
Liverpool played Manchester United in December 2018, where they beat United 3-1. Mane and Shaqiri scored for Liverpool and Lingard scored for United. The second time these two heavyweights met was in February 2019, where the game ended 0-0. These games are always special since two Premier League greats are involved.
Premier League is arguably the most entertaining league in Europe owing to its unpredictability and the unrelenting pace of the game. The top 6 clubs- Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are all teams that are capable of dominating the league and beating the best of opponents on their day.
The 2019-20 season saw Liverpool as the clear pace setters after losing the title race of the 2018-19 season by just 1 point to Manchester City. Jurgen Klopp's side made it seven wins from their opening seven after Georginio Wijnaldum's volley squirmed past Sheffield United goalkeeper Dean Henderson to seal the narrow win. Liverpool's 3-1 win over City at Anfield in November opened up an 8-point lead at the top of the table and they maintained their lead for the remainder of the season. On 25 June 2020, Manchester City lost 2–1 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, which confirmed Liverpool as the champions and this was their first league title since 1990, and first of the premier league era.
The relegation battle is just as intense with the teams on the bottom half of the table being tightly packed in terms of points.
The Big 4 of Premier League based on their popularity to earn top spots majorly are - Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal.
Liverpool won the 2019-20 season which was their first win of the Premier League era.
Manchester United has the most Premier League titles with a total of 13.
In the 2003–04 season, Arsenal won the Premier League without a single defeat. Over the 38 games played, their league record stood at 26 wins, 12 draws and 0 losses.
Arsenal has the longest unbeaten run in Premier League history with 49 wins from 7 May, 2003 to 24 October, 2004.