Premier League

Calling all football fans The Premier League football season is finally beginning, and with StubHub proud to offer Premier League 2017 tickets, there really is no better time watch some of the world's finest clubs duke it out! Let's not forget that the Premier League stands as one of the world's most popular championships with good reason! So don't miss out and buy your Premier League tickets now, right here at StubHub!

Premier League's traditional format

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 the opponents. The league is ranked according to a points system, as well as the amount of goals scored. The team with the highest amount of points at the end of the season is named champion. In cases where teams have the same amount of points, the winner is determined by the amount 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. With each competition demoting the bottom three teams at the end of the season, hard fought battles to remain in the Premier League, can prove just as exciting, 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 2016-2017 season is looking just as exciting. Take for example Burnley, Hull City and Middlesbrough who have been promoted to the Premier League, while this year's casualties stand with Norwich, Aston Villa and Newcastle whom have all been relegated! So get ready for another great season of football and make sure you buy your Premier League tickets here at StubHub!

Why do the Premier League fixtures change?

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 to book your tickets and flights with enough time, to account for these possible changes, the actual reasons for these changes varies widely! Let's have a look at the Premier League's top reasons your match may be moved:

  • Broadcasters

    When the Premier League's 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. In August, broadcasters begin scheduling for the months of October and November, then in mid-October scheduling for December takes place. Basically from October onwards, confirmation for Premier League matches are sought after, five to six weeks before each match in question. The final round matches in May aren't usually decided until every club has played their 37 matches, however as kick off times are all simultaneous, this shouldn't be something that effect fans directly. As you can imagine, it's a bit of a minefield for budding fans making long trips to see their favourite team, which is why our customer service are more than happy to help you on your long and hard-worn journey!

  • European Competitions

    If Chelsea have a match against Liverpool scheduled, but their progress in the Europa League sees them play Galatasaray 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 Chelsea the sufficient rest period. Unfortunately, on rare occasions this can cause a domino affect where a number of matches are then affected by the change, and we then get a shuffling matches (though for much later dates).

  • Domestic Competitions

    In the same manner sometimes both the League Cup and FA Cup can affect fixtures. For example if Manchester United has a match against Leicester, which overlaps with an FA Cup Semi Final match against Fulham on Saturday, their Leicester match, for obvious reasons, will be rescheduled. Likewise, while this isn't exactly due to competitions, certain teams have also been known to form agreements with each other to play on certain dates due to overlaps in training or international friendlies.

  • "Acts of God"

    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, lead to a number of cancelled Spurs matches. Another example was Princess Dianna's death in 1997 shook the entire country and, needless to say, with an entire country in mourning, many Premier League matches were postponed.

Premier League 2016/17 set to surprise

Last year's stellar Premier League saw Leicester City climb from likely relegations to Premier League victors, and results from Arsenal, (surprisingly) Tottenham and Manchester City saw them finish respectively second, third and fourth place. As to football behemoths Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool we saw a much different story play out. Despite Chelsea's previous Premier League win, the club suffered a number of problems between a number of high-profile players and manager Jose Mourinho. In fact with pressure for the team to prove themselves in the European circuit and the team failing, it quickly became clear that Mourinho's days in Chelsea were numbered. In comparison Manchester United's team, under the leadership of Luis van Gaal demonstrated a fairly stable team, however with the team losing out in the Champions League group stage, and then again to Liverpool for advancement to the Europa League final, van Gaal was also shown the proverbial door, however it's not all bad as Manchester United did win the 2016 FA Cup title, with the match against Crystal Palace standing as the ultimate Swan song for van Gaal. And finally Liverpool's recent appointment of Jurgen Klopp remains under heavy scrutiny, with many already comparing his record to that of Brendan Rogers. The scrutiny comes from the team finishing below both West Ham and Southampton, (who in turn have actually demonstrated remarkable performance all-things-considered). As mentioned earlier, Liverpool did make it all the way to the 2016 Europa League final, however a grueling defeat against Sevilla sent the team packing. Suffice to say, there's a lot riding on the Premier League 2016-2017, and with Mourinho now managing Man United, pressure on Klopp and Liverpool, Chelsea's need to find themselves and Leicester City defending a title, there's a lot to count on!

Why are managers sacked so often in the Premier League?

Yes, despite the ridiculous amount of money and time that goes into the clubs of the Premier League, it may surprise you to find that their managers actually have some of the shortest lifespans regarding their tenure. Since the introduction of Premier League's new format back in the early '90s, the time a manager has spent working for their team has dwindled, and as it stands the current average tenure of a Premier League manager has dropped to an incredibly daunting 1.29 years (or 473 days, to be precise). But why is it that British teams are constantly changing managers, and does frequently changing managers help or hinder a team?

To be honest, the latter question is something that has divided football fans from day one. On one hand, the idea of giving a manager time to grow and cultivate a team has historically (& statistically) shown to help give the team a level of stability that sees them remain in the Premier League indefinitely. This can be seen with Arsenal and Arsene Wenger, whose almost 20-year tenure with the team, has demonstrated that while Arsenal may not have won a Premier League title in recent years, the fact that they have never needed to face relegation speaks leaps and bounds. Of course, there's also the financial side of things, in keeping the manager clubs need not worry about hiring the best manager they can (leading to excessive contracts), compensation to the new manager's previous team, and let's not forget the previous manager's severance package, alongside the pay-offs to their staff. As you can see it all really begins adds up.

But if it costs so much why change? The truth is, as many pundits will happily tell you, the dip in quality a manager produces can really act as prediction on a club's prospects, and due to the amount of money that can be lost through relegation, the ends still outweighs the cost. Also in various cases a new manager can really infuse excitement into a team, take for example Liverpool's signing of Jurgen Klopp to replace Brendan Rogers. Considering Roger's end-game of cultivating a team of young players for the long-term, short-term results eventually led to his sacking, and so the club quickly released their intentions of hiring Klopp, distracting many from speculating the decision for Roger's sacking in the beginning, the media and fans alike were excited to see what Klopp would bring to Liverpool. Of course, if we're talking about short-term managers, there's nothing that really comes close to the career of Jose Mourinho. Now currently signed with Manchester United, Mourinho made a name for himself working (for better, or for worse) with Chelsea, and his tenure with the team certainly saw both highs and lows! Keeping in mind how controversial (and outspoken) Mourinho generally is, there's something to be said about keeping a manager on a short leash. And if we're talking about results, one can't discount Leicester City's rise to Premier League victory, having appointed Italian Claudio Ranieri as a replacement manager, following from a dismal season under Nigel Pearson.

The thing is, with Leicester City's Premier League still fresh in everyone's mind, it's looking likely that the trend of quick results and short-term managers will continue, but is this really a good thing? Find out for yourself as the Premier League kicks off and buy your Premier League 2016-2017 tickets now! Remember, StubHub is an online ticket marketplace that provides a fast and easy way to fulfil all of your footballing dreams, giving you the chance to be in the stands of a number of Premier League games live! We have the widest selection of Premier League tickets, which includes tickets for every game in the competition! Don’t miss this opportunity. With just the few clicks of a button you can have Premier League tickets 2016-17 and be sitting in the stadium in no time at all. Guaranteed, quick and easy; count on StubHub for all of the most sought after Premier League tickets and buy yours today!

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