terry1So the English Premier League season has closed with not too many shocks or surprises in the final order at both ends of the table.




At the top, after plenty of excitement and high quality matches, we end up with most of the usual suspects occupying the top six places. I’m pretty sure that most well informed fans would have gone for Chelsea, Spurs, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United as the most likely contenders for the top six places. And that’s exactly how it turned out in the end.

Meanwhile, down at the bottom, a glance at past end of season tables tells us that the newly promoted clubs are a good bet to go back down with perhaps one other slipping into the frame to accompany them.

This is exactly what happened. Of the three promoted teams, Middlesbrough and Hull City failed to make their stay permanent and only Burnley, who had recent experience in the Premier League, managed to stay in for a second season having achieved the “magic” survival figure of 40 points.

The team which slipped in to join the two newly promoted clubs was Sunderland who had been knocking on the door of relegation for a number of years.

It seems more than ever that the Premier League is dividing into three sections…. the top six or seven, the bottom five or so and the middle group of about eight clubs. Each section provides fans with red hot competition. At the top the likes of Chelsea, Spurs, Manchester City and Liverpool just about fought off the late challenge of Arsenal to repel all boarders of the Champions League gravy train.

The fierceness of the competition is perhaps best demonstrated by the fact that neither Arsenal nor Manchester United, for all the mega millions spent, could gate-crash the party.

Of course the battle for survival at the bottom is, in its own way even fiercer, so great are the rewards of Premier League membership that intense competition is often replaced by desperation.

It looked as though the North East of England was going to suffer fairly early in the season as Middlesbrough and Sunderland looked to be the most likely to be in trouble. And that’s the way it turned out but the late surprise came in the shape of Hull City who unexpectedly missed out of survival by six points…..a vast gap for a team which only won nine games all season.

But the tightness of competition in the Premier League was perhaps best shown by the fact that from Southampton in 8th place, to Watford in 17th position, just one place above the relegation trap door, there was a points difference of only six!

So that meant just two more wins for Watford throughout the entire 38 match season and they would have been level on points with Southampton who ended up nine places above them! They would have been well safe from relegation. Another factor to consider is the difference in prize money. By virtue of their better goal difference, Southampton just about scraped into 8th place which meant the Club had a total payment from the Premier League of £122,450, 841……that’s right, well over £122 million pounds sterling!  Watford meanwhile, had to make do with £102,704,194…….almost £20 million pounds sterling less!

Incidentally the way the prize money payments work out is that every club gets a standard, equal payment of £84.4 million, just for being in the League. In addition each club receives prize money depending on their League position at the end of the season. This ranges from £38.4 million for first placed Chelsea, down to £1.9 million for Sunderland in 20th, last place.

A varying share of payment in respect of TV money which depends entirely on the number of times the club is featured “live” on television. The biggest earner here was Manchester United with £32.3 million as a result of them being screened live 31 times. Poor bottom-of-the League Sunderland only made it on-screen live for 8 matches which restricted their fee to £13.6 million. The Club still ended up with a fraction under £100 million as their total pay out….not bad for a dire season of failure!

Premier League Prize Money Table For 2016-2017











£30.4m (28 matches)






£27m (25 matches)



Manchester City



£30.4m (28 matches)






£31.4m (29 matches)






£27m (25 matches)



Manchester United



£32.3m (31 matches)






£21.1m (18 matches)






£18.2m (15 matches)






£16.4m (13 matches)



West Brom



£14.5m (11 matches)



West Ham



£18.2m (15 matches)



Leicester City



£19.2m (16 matches)



Stoke City



£13.6m (9 matches)



Crystal Palace



£17.3m (14 matches)



Swansea City



£13.6m (10 matches)






£13.6m (10 matches)






£16.4m (13 matches)



Hull City



£13.6m (8 matches)






£16.4m (13 matches)






£13.6m (8 matches)



Chelsea’s income this season was 58 million more than Leicester received for winning the title last season, this was due to the huge increase in the new lucrative new tv deal, almost 2.4 billion pounds was distributed among the twenty clubs, up from 1.6 billion the previous season.

There are a number of European world cup qualifying matches this weekend and I have picked a few that we can get involved in, Germany should have no problem in beating the whipping boys San Marino, I like the Czech republic to beat Norway away from home, Poland to get the better of Romania and the Republic of Ireland to beat Austria, The biggest game however is Scotland v England at Hampden park, England sitting pretty at the top of group F with 13 points may have too much for a Scotland team who sit in fourth spot with 7 points and have struggled to come to terms in there international fixtures.

At the time of writing, this all-to-come will pay 18/1 so there is certainly value…

All prices available on WSB now.

Good punting



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