From August through May, all twenty teams in the competition will play thirty-eight matches each, which totals a whopping three hundred and eighty matches in a season. The clubs play each other twice, once at their home stadium and once at their opponents. The league is ranked according to a points system, as well as the number of goals scored. The team with the most points at the end of the season is named Premier League champion. In the rare case where teams have the same amount of points, the winner is determined by the number of goals scored and on goal difference.
As the old saying goes, "winning isn't everything" and the fight to avoid relegation is just as hard fought and exciting. With each competition relegating the bottom three teams at the end of the season, hard fought battles to remain in the Premier League, can prove just as thrilling, and likewise newly promoted teams (who've worked their hides off in the Championship to get to the Premier League), are just as determined to stay in the competition! Suffice to say the Premier League 2017-2018 season is looking just as exciting, especially with this year featuring some of the football world's top managers. Take for example Newcastle, Huddersfield and Brighton who have been promoted to the Premier League, while this year's casualties are Hull City, Middlesbrough and Sunderland who have all been relegated and face a year scrapping away in the Championship! So get ready for another great season of football and make sure you buy your Premier League tickets here at StubHub!
It's not ideal, and it's a point of contention between fans but fixture changes are here and here to stay. In fact with Sky Sports having spent £5 billion for the TV rights, the truth is fixture changes within the Premier League are looking more and more likely. While we at StubHub advise booking your tickets and flights with enough time, to account for these possible changes, the actual reasons for these changes vary widely! Let's have a look at the Premier League's top reasons your match may be moved:
When the Premier League fixtures are announced, usually in July, broadcasters begin their arduous task of scheduling matches for the first two months. As you can imagine, slight alterations between matches can occur such as the time of kick-off, however, there are times when the date may also change, such as changing from a Saturday to a Monday.
If Arsenal have a match against Liverpool scheduled, but their progress in the Europa League sees them play Lyon the following day (though it's usually on a Thursday), the chances are that their Premier League match against Liverpool will be rescheduled, partly due to the logistics, but also to give Arsenal the sufficient rest period. Unfortunately, this can sometimes affect a number of matches and we then get a shuffling of matches (though for much later dates). In almost the same manner, both the League Cup and FA Cup can affect Premier League fixtures.
While the weather is usually a common culprit for match cancellations, there has been a number of one-off occasions that probably won't happen again but are definitely interesting facts to know. 2011's London riots took centre stage around Tottenham and, due to the sheer lack of police resources, led to a number of cancelled Spurs matches. Another example was Princess Diana's death in 1997 which shook the entire country and, needless to say, with an entire country in mourning, many Premier League matches were postponed.