What’s New And Changed With The 2019/20 English Premier League?


The long wait is finally over and the 28th edition of the Premier League is finally here. In fact, it kicks off Friday with Liverpool playing Norwich City as Anfield. This will be followed up by another exciting 6 games on Saturday and three more on Sunday with Manchester United vs Chelsea being the marquee match. There is no denying that this is a whole weekend of excitement. The final round of fixtures will then take place on May 17th, 2020. What makes this season even more exciting is that only six of the 49 teams that have played in the Premier League at one time or another have won. This would be Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, and Leicester City.

A Quick Recap Of The 18/19 Season

Before you start learning more about the 19/20 seasons, it only makes sense to go back and review a bit about the previous season. It was during the 19/20 season that Manchester City retained the Premier League title. They finished with 98 points, which was only one more than Liverpool, but it was what was needed. Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur finished 3rd and 4th and qualified for the 19/20 Championship. Arsenal, Manchester United, and the Wolves all had to make do with the Europa League.

Cardiff City, Fulham, and Huddersfield Town were relegated to the Championship while Norwich City, Sheffield United, and Aston Villa went in the opposite direction. Norwich and Aston Villa will make a return to the Premier League after being out for the previous three seasons. At least they were in better shape than Sheffield United because it has been nearly a doze since their presence has graced the Championship.

Most people are going to remember what took place on November 14, 2018, with Jokanovic. In fact, it would be hard to forget, as he became the first manager to be fired. It would be another five managers that went down before the season was over, including the man that replaced Jokanovic.

The Biggest Transfers

Anyone that is placing bets on Joker123 will want to note these major transfers. The transfers not only impact betting odds, but they were some of the most costly transfers that the league faced this season.

#1 Harry McGuire $102.9M (£85M at 1.21 conversion rate) to Manchester United from Leicester City (pending)

#2 Nicolas Pépé $87M (£72M) to Arsenal from Lille

#3 Rodri $77.4M (£64M) to Manchester City from Atletico Madrid

# 4 Tanguy Ndombélé $66.6M (£55M) to Tottenham Hotspur from Olympique Lyon

#5 Aaron Wan-Bissaka $60.5M (£50M) to Manchester United from Crystal Palace

So far, Premier League teams have spent $1.38B (£1.14B) to buy players, and have received $669M (£553M) from selling players. It should be noted that the Premier League can continue to buy players until the transfer window closes. The window will officially close on August 8th and sell players to overseas leagues based on each respective transfer window.

Current Manager Changes

There hasn’t been much that has changed in the way of management. In fact, it has only been three managers that have changed since the 18/19 season. Brighton moved quickly and got rid of Chris Hughton. They replaced him with Graham Potter. Maurizio Sarri has a somewhat rough but successful year with Chelsea. And, despite being there only one year, he later took over the head coaching job at Juventus in June. This is where he is still currently based and his replacement over at Chelsea was none other than legend Frank Lampard.

Rafa Benitez, unfortunately, ran out of patience with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley and departed for Dalian Yifang of the Chinese Super League. It was Steve Bruce who stepped up and took over at Newcastle and he is now creeping closer to the quip of having had more club than Jack Nicklaus. It is officially his 11th job since 1998 and his longest spell was with Birmingham from 2001 to 2007. That would have been nearly 6 years, which seems to be pretty impressive for him.

Something Entirely Different

It seems that the League is going to introduce something entirely different this season. And, that will be the VAR (Video Assistant Referee). While the VAR has been used before, it is the first time that it will be utilized in the league. Keep in mind that this with the changes to the Laws of the Game effective from June 1 of this year will make for some really interesting changes.


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