[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Barclay‘s Premier League 24th season – 2015/2016 – is kicking off in just a few days, and everybody‘s appropriately excited. Starting on August 8th, it will last until May 15th when the last of the 380 matches will be played. 17 of the teams have played in the previous season, with Chelsea being the defending champions, and 3 new teams have been promoted to play anew.
Some of the teams seem to have already decided on the final formations, however, the transfers are still possible and the deadline is on September 1st. One of the most interesting switches was probably Petr Cech‘s move to Arsenal from Chelsea, and the first match for these teams resulted in a Gooner win at the Community Shield. It seems like the goalkeeper has definitely adapted in his new team and is ready to play just as well as ever!
Still, currently Chelsea is a favourite to win the whole League, with TonyBet giving it the odds of 3/2, followed rather closely by Manchester City at 14/15 and Arsenal being the third favourite with 17/5. Manchester United is the fourth with 9/2 chances – but the Premier League is definitely one that can produce a dark horse win. Can Chelsea defend their champions’ title, or will some other team snatch it up this season?
The relegated Burnley, Queens Park, and Hull City have been replaced by Bournemouth, Watford, and Norwich City. All of the latter teams will be playing on the first day of the BPL, against Aston Villa, Everton, and Crystal Palace respectively. Will the newly promoted teams be able to defeat the seasoned last year’s participants and will they withstand the pressure that undoubtedly follows the playing in this prestigious league?
Four of the Premier League’s teams have changed managers, and the player transfers are still very much in action. Rafael da Silva is leaving for Lyon and Angel Di Maria seems to be out of Manchester United, too. Everton’s rising star and central defender John Stones is rumoured to be on Chelsea’s most-wanted list. Will we still see some surprise transfers with the League beginning so soon? It does seem entirely possible.
As Barclay’s Premier League is not only one of the most prestigious football leagues in the world, but also a potential ticket-giver to UEFA with the three best teams directly entering the group stage, it is guaranteed to hold every fan’s attention once again. Start watching the games from 8th of August and support your team!