Premier League Q&A: Who will win the title, when does the season start and which team should I pick?

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Thousands of questions are inputted into search engines every
day about the Premier League, so we though we’d try answering
some of them.

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We can’t tell you for certain who is going to win the Premier
League this year (though we’re fairly confident we have an
idea) and neither can we choose an English team for you, but
here’s what we do know about the pressing questions you’re
asking most.

Who will win the Premier League?

N'Golo Kante Chelsea 2016/17

It’s not over until it’s over, but Chelsea are 10 points clear
at the top of the Premier League table as things stand and well
on their way to reclaiming the title. The best price offered to
bet on them to win the league is now 1/10, so the bookmakers
are certainly convinced.

There should be plenty of silverware to go around at Stamford
Bridge; Antonio Conte is the 1/8 favourite to be the Manager of
the Year and 1/3 is the best you can get on N’Golo Kante being
named the PFA Player of the Year.

If Chelsea keep up their current pace, they will finish the
season with around 92 points. That would be the second-highest
total in Premier League history after the 95 they amassed in
2004-05, Jose Mourinho’s first season at Stamford Bridge.

When does the Premier League start?

The Premier League tends to start on the second weekend in
August, with the first round of fixtures for the 2016-17 season
played on August 13 and 14. The weekend prior is reserved for
the Community Shield and the start of the Football League
season.

That will be the case again for the 2017-18 campaign, with
matches commencing on Saturday, August 12.

How many games are left in the Premier League?

Jose Mourinho Man Utd 2017

There are 38 games in a Premier League season, and at the time
of writing 28 rounds of matches have been played. That means a
number of clubs have 10 matches remaining, but others have
missed rounds due to their commitments in cup competitions and
have 11 or, in the case of Arsenal, Manchester United and
Southampton, even 12 still to go.

When are the Premier League fixtures
announced?

We do not have an exact date for the 2017-18 season yet, but
the fixtures for the next campaign will be announced sometime
in mid-June. The first set of games chosen for live broadcast
on television is revealed a few weeks later, in early July.

How to pick a Premier League team?

There’s no perfect answer here. If you live in the UK, by
supporting your local team you can attend games, meet
likeminded fans and support something that is embedded in your
local community.

Chances are, though, you’re asking this question from abroad.
In that case, the best advice we can offer is just to watch a
variety of games and see what sticks; it’s better to get a feel
for a few different teams and players before making a decision
than to go in blindly. There’s no better way to catch the bug
than to just be caught up in a great game and want to watch the
next one that team plays – and the one after that, and so on.

Video games can also be a good route into things for the
beginner. They allow you to start memorising player names,
positions and tactics and, inevitably, result in a little bond
forming when you lead Crystal Palace to Champions League glory.

How much do Premier League referees get paid?

Mark Clattenburg

Figures are not released publicly but according to a Daily
Mirror
report from last season, Premier League referees
are paid a basic salary of £90,000 a year.

That’s not a bad start but if you crack UEFA’s fixture lists
things can get even more lucrative. While English refs get a
handy £450 for every Premier League game they take charge of,
they can pocket £4,000 for each European or international game
they oversee.

Martin Atkinson, who was one of two English referees at Euro
2016 along with Mark Clattenburg, is said to have banked over
£150,000 in total during the 2014-15 season by reffing 37
league games as well as six Champions League games, two in the
Europa League and three European Championship qualifiers.

Who scored the first-ever Premier League goal?

Brian Deane scored the first-ever Premier League goal in
Sheffield United’s 2-1 victory over Manchester United on August
15, 1992. The Premier League formed for the 1992-93 season and
Deane headed in from a long throw after five minutes.

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When was the last time Arsenal won the Premier
League?

Arsenal have not won the Premier League since the 2003-04
season, when they were crowned champions after going an entire
campaign unbeaten. It was Arsene Wenger’s third title – and the
Gunners’ third in the Premier League era – but they have not
added to their total since.

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