The potential surprise packages of the 2017/18 Premier League

There are just a matter of days until the 2017/18 English Premier League (EPL) campaign gets underway and already the anticipation is palpable. Hundreds of millions have been spent by the title contenders in pre-season, with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola already spending over £200m in a bid to bring the trophy back to the Etihad.

However, it didn’t take hundreds of millions for Leicester City to become champions back in 2015/16. Some may call it a fluke, others may say it was simply perfect timing while their rivals had an ‘off’ season. Regardless, it’s difficult to argue that the EPL hasn’t become tougher in recent times.

The parachute money that is filtering down from the top flight into the Championship is making the English second tier stronger in many ways and this is ensuring that the promoted sides that come into the EPL are better prepared than before to compete at the highest level.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at three sides that could potentially spring a surprise on the rest of division and gatecrash the top half of the EPL table in 2017/18:

Brighton & Hove Albion

The Seagulls are returning to England’s top flight for the first time since 1983. Albion have been knocking on the door of the EPL for many seasons and following a string of failed Championship playoff campaigns, boss Chris Hughton eventually took them up last term, finishing second to Newcastle.

The club’s Falmer Stadium is fit for EPL football and Hughton has been quietly adding to his squad over the summer, without making wholesale changes to those who earnt the club promotion. Holding on to enigmatic wide man Anthony Knockaert will be key, while it promises to be interesting to see how on-loan Chelsea front man Izzy Brown fares following a successful loan spell in the Championship last term with playoff winners Huddersfield. Albion are attracting interest in the Premier League odds markets to stay up and are already as big as 5/1 to finish last.

AFC Bournemouth

While it wouldn’t be that much of a surprise to see the Cherries in the top half again given their ninth-place finish in 2016/17, Bournemouth are doing what they can to become firmly established in the EPL. Young boss Eddie Howe has been given the wherewithal to splash the cash and reinforce his squad for 2017/18, including a £20m purchase of defender Nathan Ake following a good loan spell last term. Experienced top-flight goal-getter, Jermain Defoe returns on a free transfer for a second spell with the club, adding further firepower to complement Josh King who smashed home 16 league goals last season.

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Combine that with the attacking flair and directness of wingers Ryan Fraser and Jordon Ibe, and the Cherries are likely to be well amongst the goals again this season. A top-half finish is certainly not beyond them, while the ambitious Howe may even consider European qualification as a goal, either through domestic cup success or through finishing in the top six.

Crystal Palace

It’s been all change at Selhurst Park this summer, following the departure of Sam Allardyce at the end of 2016/17. The Eagles only secured top-flight status in their final home league game of the campaign, routing relegated Hull City 4-0 at Selhurst Park. Survival wasn’t deemed a success in south-east London, however, and with Allardyce seemingly keen to spend some time out of the EPL spotlight, Palace moved to appoint their first ever foreign manager, Frank de Boer, who signed a three-year contract with the club.

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The former Ajax and Inter Milan head coach has already been relatively busy in the transfer market. His Dutch connections have seen him return to his homeland to capture promising defender Jairo Riedewald from Ajax, while Chelsea’s versatile youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek has signed a season-long loan deal at Selhurst Park.

There is a clear emphasis on youth and player development this term and with a number of players boasting the power, pace and strength that’s now required to prevail in the EPL, it would be no surprise to see de Boer transform Palace into top-half contenders in 2017/18. Much may rest on what de Boer can get out of Belgian centre forward, Christian Benteke, who is a 50/1 outshot for the EPL 2017/18 golden boot.

A brief history of football betting

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As this BBC report shows, football gambling is a huge and ever-growing business in the UK. Although the Premier League attracts the most money, every league throughout the country, from the Championship down to the Conference, has fans wagering on it. There just seems to be something about football that makes us Brits want to have a flutter! 

Football and gambling – a history

 

Football has always enjoyed a close relationship with the gambling industry, from the modern day to times gone past. Back when gambling was legalised in the 1960s, the football pools were a very popular way to have a go at winning some money. Who can forget Viv Nicholson, the factory worker from Castleford, scooping a jackpot worth close to £5 million in today’s money in 1961? Or the way famous players from the past, such as Rodney Marsh, would nip out at half-time to put a bet on? Many fans saw things like this happening and a link between the two industries was formed.

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Since then, the popularity of bookmaker’s shops and then the more recent development of online bookmakers has seen the industry grow even bigger and more successful. Not surprisingly, this relationship has helped both industries grow and has been mutually beneficial. Football seems to have taken a certain amount of glamour and interest from gambling, while the betting industry has used football to help draw in more customers. 

What does the future hold?

 

The future looks very bright for football and football betting, both separately and together. The close relationship they enjoy will only be made stronger by teams such as Watford and West Ham being sponsored by betting companies. Alongside this, the appeal and size of the Premier League brand will enable betting companies to develop new football betting markets and reach more potential customers than ever.

It is perhaps the digital side of football betting that holds the best future growth appeal though. There is a wide variety of slot games that people can have a go on now. As well as the possibility of picking up a casino bonus UK, these casino sites and games give people a fun way to experience both football and football betting.

Will it continue to grow?

 

The sports match betting industry is estimated to be worth around £430 billion currently, of which football makes up about 70%. With these figures in mind and its history, it would seem that football betting will be around for many more years to come. In a similar way, the Premier League continues to grow year on year, and the close bond between both can only help that happen further.

English people have always liked to have a little wager on their favourite team or the football pools, and this is not about to change anytime soon it seems. Indeed, the current popularity of the English football leagues and the advance of online betting technology and games only suggests that it will grow more than ever.

FIFA Confederations Cup: Top young players to watch

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On June 17th, host nation Russia and New Zealand will kick off the FIFA Confederations Cup, a competition which sees each of the winners from the six regional tournaments, as well as the World Cup winners and hosts, compete against each other.

This year, there is a wealth of young talent on show for almost every single nation involved: Germany, in particular, is well represented by players 21-years-old or younger. Here, we’ll be looking into the top young players who you should be keeping an eye out for in the upcoming tournament.

3. Hirving Lozano

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Last summer, Hirving ‘Chucky’ Lozano looked set on a big move away from Liga MX after garnering praise from all over the football community. Helping his team – CF Pachuca – to the Liga MX Clausura title and being named to the team of the competition in 2016, Chucky took another step forward this season.

This season, Lozano was one away from matching his total goal contributions, i.e. goals and assists, from 47 games last season in just 30 contests of 2016/17. But, disaster struck when the young Mexican suffered a gruesome injury. He’s now agreed to join Celta Vigo after he plays in the Confederations Cup, where he’ll certainly light up the tournament with his supreme ball control, blistering speed, and desire to get into the box to score.

2. Andre Silva

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Another FC Porto product much-sought-after in this summer’s transfer window, Andre Silva looks to play a big role for Euro 2016 champions Portugal in the Confederations Cup. The 21-year-old hailing from Baguim do Monte has already claimed six goals and three assists for his nation, despite playing only seven games.

Featuring as Porto’s striker this season, Andre Silva notched 21 goals and eight assists in all competitions, helping his team finish second in Liga NOS with a very healthy goal difference of +52. The Portuguese striker – which the nation has been craving for a long time – is a classic goal poacher, possesses a keen, sniper’s eye for goal, and can peel away from any defensive line.

He didn’t feature in Portugal’s Euro-winning campaign, and fills in as the main element they missed, resulting in the team playing a much more defensive and bullish style. Andre Silva is a big reason why Portugal have managed to pull even with Germany at odds of 5/2 when punters bet on the Confederations Cup; he completes their attack.

1. Timo Werner

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Coming in as the top under-21 player to watch at the Confederations Cup is Timo Werner, of Germany. Transferring from VfB Stuttgart to Red Bull Leipzig for £8.5 million last summer, Werner exploded into a 21-goal, seven-assist frenzy in 31 games for his new club. His accomplishments helped to pull the eastern Germany team of Leipzig all the way up the Bundesliga standings to finish second, only behind, you guessed it, Bayern Munich.

Timo Werner has been a part of the Germany set-up for quite some time now, playing and scoring regularly at under-15, 16, 17, 19, and under-21 levels before making his debut for Deutschland on March 22 of this year, in a 1-0 win against England. With three uncapped strikers – Amin Younes, Lars Stindl, Sandro Wagner – on the team, Werner looks poised to lead the line for Germany at the Confederations Cup.

How Would Alexis Sanchez Fit in at Manchester City?

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Alexis Sanchez may well have played his last game for Arsenal, as elite vultures begin to circle the Premier League star before the transfer window opens on July 1st. It is likely that the Chilean will be prised away from the Emirates for the right price, as the man who contributed to 34 goals this season is desperate to see his efforts rewarded with silverware. Pep Guardiola signed Sanchez while at Barcelona and is eager to do the same again and bring him to the Etihad. But where would the ferocious attacker fit in Manchester City’s jam-packed attack?

As the season drew to a close it appeared as though Guardiola had struck on the right formula in front of goal, as the Cityzens finished the campaign on a high. The devastating attack (see video below) put away 15 goals in their final four matches and gave fans a glimpse of things to come next term. Guardiola has had a chance to familiarise himself with England’s top flight now, and it is expected that City will be challenging for the title all the way next time out. In fact, in the early season Betfred betting, Guardiola’s side are 9/4 to lift the trophy in the 2017-18 campaign, with new users able to claim a welcome offer worth up to £60.

It seems that Guardiola’s favoured line-up now is to play an attacking trident with Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling either side of Sergio Aguero or Gabriel Jesus. The effectiveness of this quartet of players was plain to see in the final days of the season, and Guardiola was able to rotate the four attackers around the three slots. Sanchez would add yet another option here, and would provide more depth for City as they look to battle on domestic and European fronts.

When signing Sanchez for Barcelona, Guardiola spoke of his appreciation of the deadly attacker’s ability to play an all-round game and occupy any of the attacking positions. Not only can the 28-year-old be deployed on the wings or at the spearhead, he also has the potential to flourish in a number 10 role just behind a central striker. The fact that Sanchez has established himself as one of the standout performers in the top flight suggests that when fit he will start, leaving the other attackers to fight it out between themselves for the remaining spots. This embarrassment of riches would leave City more than capable of outscoring any opponent.

City will have to act quickly if they want to secure Sanchez’s services, though. Other top clubs such as Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain have expressed interest in the forward, and there is no doubt that they can offer him the opportunity to win trophies.

City may have the upper hand, as Sanchez has a good relationship with Guardiola and may want to stay in the Premier League. He should have no doubts about his security of starts, either, as even though City have a formidable force already, he is arguably the best of the bunch. If he does follow in the footsteps of former Gunners Samir Nasri, Emmanuel Adebayor, and Gael Clichy, and move to the blue side of Manchester, it’s hard not to back City for the title next term.

Where were mascots created?

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Mascots are some of the world’s best known sports fans, and whether there are pauses in game play, lopsided games or half-time has come, it is these mascots that take centre stage in order to keep the crowd and fans entertained. Simply mascots make sports a little more fun, particularly for those who aren’t really that interested in watching, and with some of the very best mascot moments including dance-offs, basketball tricks or fighting with the opposition mascot they really are a popular part of the sport. But while Mascots are deemed to be mainly adopted by American sports, the history of the mascot is far more complicated than that.

History Of Mascots

The term mascot derives from the French word ‘mascoto’ which means witch, fairy or sorcerer. From this the slang term ‘mascotte’ meaning talisman or lucky charm was created throughout the 1960s, and it was often used throughout gambling when the gambler suddenly had a run of luck. This word was then popularised in the 1880s French Opera La Mascotte, about an Italian farmer who is visited by a mysterious virgin named Bettina who, as long as she remains a virgin, functions as a good luck charm in the opera. Overtime, this was gradually used in a sports setting, with the term first being used around 1880 in American baseball – a boy named Chic was described as a good luck charm in an 1883 issue of Sporting Life. Gradually over time, Sporting Life and The New York Times began to drop to ‘e’ and the additional ‘t’ to get us closer to the ‘mascot’ spelling that we use today.

Throughout the 19th century and into the early 20th century, all sports mascots were either children or real animals, and they were taken very seriously. It is believed that the first football mascot was a bulldog named Handsome Dan for Yale and the bulldog mascot is still used by the university.

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Statue of the original Handsome Dan

The first costumed mascot however didn’t appear until 1964 with baseball mascot Mr. Met and college football mascot Buckeye.

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Modern Day Football Mascots

While mascots are still generally used in American sports, they are also used very regularly in English football. Mascots like the Gunnersauras Rex for Arsenal, Cyril the Swan for Swansea, Deepdale Duck for Preston North End, and Beau Brummie for Birmingham City amongst many others are regularly spotted dancing and cheering up and down the side-lines. While many of the mascots have gotten into trouble for misbehaving on match days, the majority of the mascots tend to head out into the communities and visit schools to explain the importance of healthy eating and exercise to young children. In addition to the costumed mascots, in every single professional football game both league, cup and international children walk out with the professional footballers as a form of mascot. This is deemed to be a way of integrating the community feel, and originally is said to be formed from FIFA’s partnership with UNICEF for a campaign a number of years ago. Mascots continue to be a key part of the game, and while they may not be as celebrated and well-known as American mascots, they truly play a key part in English football.

Leicester vs. Chelsea: Can the Premier League Champions get one over on their Title Chasing Rivals?

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It’s Leicester against Chelsea this weekend at the King Power Stadium, and both sides will be wanting to get back to winning ways in the Premier League, so it could end up being an entertaining matchup. Champions Leicester are only sitting 6 points above the drop going into this game, so they will be wanting to give it their all to ensure their Premier League safety this weekend, and Chelsea will be wanting to put their disappointing defeat to local London rivals Tottenham to the back of their mind. Chelsea had the upper hand when these two teams met in October last year at Stamford Bridge, and Chelsea will be looking for a repeat performance to ensure they walk away as winners and can get their title bid back on track. What can we expect to see from this game? We’ll have a look at some of the possibilities below.

Goals Galore?

Whether it’s going to be a game filled with goals remains to be seen, but as Chelsea have conceded 4 goals in their last two Premier League outings, Leicester will be looking at that and thinking they have a chance to score a couple of goals. With that though, Leicester have only scored 3 goals in their last 4 Premier League matches, and as Chelsea do not concede a lot of goals under normal circumstances, it could be a game that’s a little lacklustre. Chelsea have however scored 8 goals in their 3 previous games prior to losing 2-0 to Tottenham, so if they go into this game with the same attacking quality, then there’s no reason why they can’t take advantage of Leicester City’s confidence issues in front of goal.

Will Kante be the Main Man for Chelsea?

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Kante left Leicester last season to join Chelsea and he has since been able to make Chelsea into title contenders from the get go, and he could be the first Premier League player to win back to back Premier League titles with two different clubs if Chelsea go on and win it this season. Kante will be out looking to prove a point against his former club, and Claudio Ranieri,who upset many bookmakers last year, will be completely aware of Kante’s ability to shine in Premier League fixtures just like this one.

What chances do Leicester City have of Premier League survival?

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Leicester could easily be sucked into a relegation dog fight coming towards the end of the season, so they will need to pick up their game and start scoring some goals. Jamie Vardy hasn’t been the deadly force in front of goal he was last season, and Riyad Mahrez is also struggling to find form after a career defining season last time out. The loss of Kante to Chelsea has obviously been significant, and their confidence is low after being crowned champions last season. Whether Leicester are able to stay in the Premier League this season remains to be seen, but one of the benefits they currently have is that the three teams currently in the relegation zone do not look like they have enough in them to survive, but Leicester will want to make sure they get another 19 points in their next 18 games to give them the 40 points that seems to be enough for Premier League survival.

Chelsea will need to get back to winning ways in this game with Liverpool breathing down their necks, and the likes of Tottenham, Manchester City, Arsenal, and Manchester United are not out of the contest just yet. Will Chelsea be able to get on another winning run? Or will Leicester be able to stop them in their tracks? We’ll find out this weekend in what could be an entertaining game of football.

The Growth Of Online Gambling

Online gambling is becoming more and more popular, year on year. It has grown substantially since its birth in 1994, but even more phenomenally over the last 10 years or so. How exactly did online gambling get to where it is today? Let’s take a look at how online gambling began and how quickly it’s growing:

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The Birth Of Online Gambling

The Free Trade and Processing Zone Act passed in 1994, allowing offshore licenses for online betting operators. Intertops.com was the first online sports book. A Finnish man first used it to place a wager on a match between Tottenham Hotspur and Hereford Utd. The first online betting facility in the U.K. was actually created by William Hill in 1998. The revenues in 1998 topped $830 million in the USA. Since 2005, the online gambling market has trebled. Annually, the online gambling market is expected to grow up to 5%. In 2009, money wagered on online sports betting exceeded $50 billion.

 

Mobile Gambling and Apps

Since the early days, the number of online betting options and casino games grew (and still grows) almost daily, with people opting to play them due to their convenience and stability. The launch and popularity of smartphones is thought to have played a big part in the popularity of online gambling, what with betting mobile apps and other ways of gambling using them.

Sports Betting

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One form of online gambling that is growing fastest, is sports betting. This is especially true in the U.K. The sports betting market has grown 79% between 2009 and 2013, becoming worth billions more in the process. Much of this is due to online gambling. Going into a betting shop and placing your bets/playing your games can take time. Thanks to the speed of mobile internet, using mobile phones to place a bet is becoming more appealing. No need to be near a betting shop to do it. You can even make live sports betting on your mobile during a game, which is far more convenient than being inside a betting shop during a game. Around 372,000 people use their mobiles to gamble on betting apps. In 2013, a customer expenditure of £2.3 billion in the U.K was recorded on sports betting alone. More than £1 billion of those bets came from football related wagers. In 2013, William Hill reported that mobile wagering had grown 115%. Nearly 50% of Paddy Power’s online revenue came from mobile betting in the same year.

Alternative Bets and Wagers

Gambling online isn’t just used on sports and gaming, however. In 2012, gamblers bet a total of $2.4 million on the sex, name, weight, and even the hair color of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge’s baby. Bets are usually also placed on contestants in celebrity game shows, presidential elections, and just about anything else you can think of.

Online Gambling Scams

In 2015, Bet365 got more online searches than Nike (9 million searches), with 11.1 million searches. There are online gambling scams to be aware of, however, with fixed games, and even real life fixed games. In 2013, Europal suspected the fixing of 380 European football matches. North Korea makes $1 billion a year with illegal online gaming scams.

Offline Betting

Due to the popularity of online gambling, some offline betting establishments, such as William Hill, are struggling. However, they haven’t all shut down, as predicted in 2000. You can find more interesting stats looking at the infographic on https://www.latestbettingsites.co.uk/.

The Future Of Online Gambling

Online gambling grows each year, but what is the future expected to hold? Wearable tech is being created right now, whether that’s Snapchat enabled sunglasses or watches that act in the same way as a smartphone. Wearable tech and virtual reality are expected to be incorporated into online gambling in the future. Online 3D experiences are expected to be created for gamblers, using things like virtual reality headgear.

Geolocation is set to be another big step forward in the online gambling industry. This will focus on using the gambler’s location to offer them a more streamlined, personalized service. It’ll also help to stop hackers in their tracks.

As the online gambling industry continues to thrive, we can also expect more interaction with friends as we play games and make our bets. Facebook, Twitter, and other social platforms are used by billions of people each and every day. The introduction of more social online gambling platforms should be expected to emerge in the next few years.

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The Power of the Manchester Clubs

Manchester United have always been the dominant club in Manchester, however are we seeing a shift in power both on and off the pitch.

Manchester City as a club over the past 5 seasons has been transformed into one of the biggest clubs financially and on the pitch in Europe. However it has to be noted that whilst having a great team and big bank account this cannot buy you fans.

This week Manchester City played in the Champions League, a game that should in theory be sold-out or at least 80% full. However the game was no near a sell out and even Pep Guardiola, a manager that has worked successfully with FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich, 2 of Europe’s most supported clubs has pleaded with fans to come to the games.

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For anyone who lives in Manchester will tell you, Manchester United have most of the fans and are a bigger club, with this all the games at Old Trafford are virtually always sold out.

The only way Manchester City can get more fans is by consistently winning cups and the Premier League for the next 10-15 years. It is already noticeable that Manchester City are getting younger fans which will be great for the future but not for the present.

The owners of the club have to be commended by the way they have transformed the club and the area around the stadium. This project is obviously not about the finances for the owners, otherwise they would have chose a club with a greater fan-base, they are definitely in it for the long-haul.

The power of both Manchester clubs is clear to see, they have arguably the two best managers in the world in Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola and some of the best players in the world in Kevin de Bruyne and Paul Pogba respectably. Financially they can both compete against FC Barcelona and Real Madrid so in the next 5-10 years expect to see a shift in where the European Champions will be from. Can Manchester take over as the football capital of the world, we fully expect so.

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The reach of the English Premier League

Viewers of the Premier League have now reached record level with millions of fans from around the world watching live games. This increase in demand for live streams has resulted in Premier League now receiving more money than ever.

On average, every Premier League game has a global audience of over 12 million people.

Whilst this is a great for the League, this has resulted in higher player wages and transfer prices. Paul Pogba recently joined Manchester United for a reported 100 million euros, making him the richest player ever in the world.

Wherever you go in the world you will now see how English football has taken over and is the biggest watched sporting programmes on television, passing any other sport.

Critics have stated that with rising ticket prices, salaries and transfers this could result in major problems if the level of interest ever decreases. Whilst there is certainly no sign of that happening any time soon it is argued that regulation is required in order to evade any financial problems in the future.
Premier League teams are receiving more money than ever, therefore the primary aim of many teams is to first ensure survival and not be relegated. With this, the teams are investing heavily in players which might not be sound investments. The Premier League has tried to stop problems for these clubs in the future by ensuring that even if a club is relegated they receive money the years following.revenue premier league

This however can only go so far, critics argue there should be preventive methods in place such as salary caps etc.

This year major casino and gambling websites have started to invest heavily in the teams with this industry increasing it’s presence in the market. For pokies then Pokiespedia.com is a growing website, increasing traffic and players every year.
UEFA has introduced some rules in which the basics are that teams must have a higher income than that of their expenses, this effective for the small teams but for those teams who have the investment to create revenue , do so without problem. Manchester City are the best known example of this blatant disregard for the rule by creating overpriced sponsorship deals from the same companies which the investors own, Etihad.

This season the Premier League will this season break all records for viewing numbers  with an estimated 930 million fans watching the games during the 10 month period.

Premier League Statistics 
780M – PREMIER LEAGUE CLUB SUPPORTERS

2.3BN – FOOTBALL FANS

930M – PREMIER LEAGUE FOLLOWERS

1.2BN – PREMIER LEAGUE FANS

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Swedish Influence on the Premier League

With the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Manchester, many Swedish fans are now following the Premier League. The Number 9 Striker is one of the most high profile people in Sweden having arrived at Old Trafford with a fierce reputation. Having played for FC Barcelona, Ajax, Milan and PSG the Swedish International is used to being in the spotlight and has started his Manchester United career already scoring in the first 2 games of the Premier League.

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Which other Swedish players have made an influence on the Premier League, well we at e-Soccer.com have created a list to discuss these players.

Henrik Larsson

Similar to Zlatan, Henrik Larsson played in several different high profile teams, both of whom played for FC Barcelona and eventually Manchester United. Whilst he only played in the league for 1 year, his influence was enormous.

Henrik will always be known as a Glasgow Celtic Legend but he definitely made an impact in the Premier League even though he only actually scored 3 goals. Whilst he only made 7 appearances on Loan in England’s top flight he will go down in history for his positive impact on the team.

Larrson’s first goal for Manchester United came in the FA Cup game against Aston Vill at Old Trafford.

Fredrick Ljundberg 

Part of the Invincible Arsenal team which went unbeaten for 49 games, Ljundberg will go down in Arsenal history and is still a fans favourite. The ex Swedish International played over 10 years in the Premier League, finally ending up with West Ham and having scored over 70 times in 241 appearances. During the 2001-2002 season Ljundberg was arguably the best player for Arsenal’s double winning team, even scoring in the win over Chelsea in the FA Cup final. Playing in the same team as Henry, Overmars, Viera, Petit, Bergkamp and Adams, Fredrick or Freddie as he was called by the fans has probably made the biggest impact in the Premier League by any Swedish football player.

 

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Olof Mellberg

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This might be a surprise but Mellberg played for 7 years in the Premier League for Aston Villa in which he was the captain. The Swedish International player was voted the best player for his country in 2003 and also played for Juventus and Villarreal in his career. Whilst playing for Aston Villa he also became a fan favourite making a huge impact with his great defensive displays. Zlatan has labelled Mellberg as the ‘best Swedish defender of all time’.