Premier League teams are usually ranked in alphabetical order at the beginning of the league, which changes as the league progresses.
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Premier League clubs (EPL) in alphabetical order 21/22
2. Aston Villa FC
4. Brighton & Hove Albion
5. Burnley FC
7. Crystal Palace
8. Everton FC
9. Leeds United
10. Leicester City FC
11. Liverpool FC
12. Manchester City FC
13. Manchester United FC
14. Newcastle United
15. Norwich City FC
16. Southampton FC
17. Tottenham Hotspur FC
18. Watford FC
19. West Ham United
20. Wolverhampton Wanderers
Highlights of the 20 Premier League clubs
Arsenal FC is amongst the best teams throughout the history of the English top flight. In 2003–04, Arsenal created a record in the Premier League after it went the entirety of the season without a loss.
Thus, Arsenal was given the ‘Invincible’ in the Premier League and have since maintained the bragging rights until today. Liverpool FC in 2019/20 came close to equalling this record before their loss to Watford FC.
Aston Villa FC
Aston Villa has been a regular side in the English top flight. Although not as big as the big money spenders, the Villans also boast of many EPL titles in their cabinet.
Lately, Aston Villa has had a contingent to compete with the big boys with a crop of average and compelled established players. Villa has also faced the struggle of promotion and relegation.
Brentford won the EFL Championship 2020/21 Play-offs final against Derby County to secure promotion to the EPL, breaking a 74-year wait for the top flight.
The win in the playoffs paved the way for Brentford to taste the English Premier League action once again after an 74-year absence. The London based club have so far played well and could see another season in the top flight.
Brighton & Hove Albion
Known for developing young players from scratch and sourcing for players from lesser leagues, Brighton & Hove Albion have maintained their top-flight status over the years.
Burnley FC has since established itself as a traditional club since the top flight in the 2016/17 season. Burnley FC is also among the average sides in the Premier League with few well-known players.
Burnley is known for its ability to cause a major upset against the big sides in the top flight over the years.
Chelsea is one of the most successful teams in the Premier League. The London based club ended a 50-year wait for the league title in the 2004/05 season when Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho took charge of the team.
Chelsea’s success is due to the heavy financial backing by Russian billionaire and owner Roman Abramovich, who spent heavily on players and club infrastructure. The Russian helped Chelsea to lift over 13 titles in thirteen years.
At the moment, Chelsea has consistently held the status as title favourites each season. The club also has a squad depth comparable with the big boys in the league.
That being said, Chelsea is not just a Premier League Champion; they’re also a European Superpower with over four European trophies. The club’s most recent success was the triumph against Manchester City in the 2020/21 final in Porto, Portugal.
The Eagles are considered average side in the Premier League. Known for competing at the highest level with few top-class players, Palace has become a household name in the English top flight.
Crystal Palace, a London based club, has helped the City’s claim in the English top flight.
Traditionally the Merseyside Blue as they compete Merseyside Derby with Liverpool FC, who’s also referred to as the Merseyside Red, is one of the most respected Premier League teams.
Although Everton had most of their titles in the First Division era, the tag as one of the best in the country is not overlooked. Everton FC despite struggles have kept up with their top-flight status.
Leeds United returned to the Premier League after years of absence to prove a point. The Yorkshire based club, once a contender for the league title, has built a strong presence in the EPL.
Leicester City FC
Referred to as the “Shock of the Premier League”, Leicester City won the 2015–16 Premier League title. The Foxes achieved this with average players that became a holy grail for top clubs in the league.
Leicester City kept up with their previous success in the league over the following season and reached the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals before losing to Atlético Madrid.
Since then, Leicester City FC has been consistent in the league and are active in the market.
One of England’s biggest football clubs, Liverpool FC, has won numerous trophies in the domestic and international scene.
In the English First Division era, Liverpool FC was one of the most successful teams. However, the same success could not see the light of day in the early years after the league was rebranded to the Premier League.
But, the success in the 2019–20 season meant Liverpool FC marked the end of the 30-year drought. Liverpool FC currently has one of the strongest squads in Europe.
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Man City FC is a household name in English football nowadays characterised by the City Football Group takeover in 2008. Although Man City was also a force in the early years of English football, they became a new superpower in England after the new ownership of the club.
Many changes, including players and club infrastructure, had helped Man City to its current level. The club had spent heavily on established players while also working hard to improve its youth development teams.
Today, Man City have won many trophies. Also, the club boasts of having one of the strongest squads in Europe.
But despite these achievements and squad depth, Man City have not been able to win the Champions League trophy, though it came close for them in 2021. However, the Citizens are still on course for the top European silverware.
Man United is the most successful team in English Premier League history. The Manchester-based club also became the first English club to win the biggest trophies in football today, including the Champions League, Europa League and FIFA Club World Cup in 2008.
Man United have a strong history backed by a tradition of apparent domination of the English top flight. Although the club has faced ups and downs lately, it remains the most successful teams in the English Premier League.
When it comes to the EPL, Newcastle United has remained a household name and a traditional side. The Magpies are also successful in their ranks.
Newcastle United famously had Alan Shearer, the English Premier League all-time top scorer with 260 goals yet to be matched by any other player.
In 2021, Newcastle United saw a significant uplift when its owners sold it to a Saudi Arabian consortium consisting of PCP Capital Partners, Reuben Brothers and the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF) . Hopefully, the club would see substantial gains just as Man City after the City Football Group takeover.
Norwich City has played in the EPL for many seasons. Although the club had to deal with relegation and a quick return to the top flight, the fact remains that Norwich City holds the prestige as a household name in the league.
The Saints are a regular team in the league. They’re one of the few clubs that have consistently preserved their status in the top flight despite the club’s low finances.
That being said, Southampton FC has competed at the highest level even without the biggest stars.
Tottenham Hotspur FC
Tottenham Hotspur FC is one of the best teams in the Premier League historically. Although the club has not had much success lately, more are expected.
Tottenham Hotspur won most of its league titles in the First Division era.
The Hornets are a brilliant team that consistently presents to the league some of the most promising players. Although the club is not a superpower, there’s been significant progress.
Watford has to move up to the EPL, struggling to avoid the drop zone and working hard to lead the EFL Championship.
West Ham United
West Ham United are known for holding down the biggest clubs in the league. Although West Ham has well-known players, the squad depth may not be compared with the regular title contenders.
That being said, West Ham has competed with big sides without much fear.
Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
Wolverhampton Wanderers are no pushovers when it comes to the Premier League. Wolves, known for the tradition of housing the highest number of Portuguese players, have successfully kept their status as a top-flight team.
The Premier League is contested by 20 teams, with three relegated each season. At the start of every season before the beginning of the league, clubs are placed in alphabetical order with changes once matches are played.
One unique feature of the Premier League is its competitiveness. The league has made it easier for smaller teams to compete favourably against the “Big Money” spenders. A recent shock was Leicester City’s Premier League title win in the 2016/17 season with few well-known players and many average stars.
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