Football premier league 2024 kicks off this weekend, and excitement is running high. Some teams are eager to challenge for the title, while others have their sights set on avoiding relegation.
The Premier League has made changes to this season’s fixture list, including a return of the winter break from 13-20 January. It also pledges to address the usual fixture congestion during Christmas and New Year by ensuring no two rounds take place within 48 hours.
The North London Derby
The North London Derby is the meeting of association football clubs Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, both based in north-west London. The rivalry between the two clubs is regarded as one of the most intense in England. The teams first met in 1896, when the Gunners were known as Woolwich Arsenal. The fixture has featured a litany of classics and is considered by fans of both teams to be the most important game in English football.
Spurs’ 3-0 win in the first meeting of the season felt decisive, even though it did not entirely decide fourth place, which Arsenal would have had anyway. It did not help that Tottenham’s performance was tame and lacking in confidence, a feeling that was not helped by the fact that they were facing their fiercest rivals at the stadium they most yearn to win at.
But, despite the demoralising defeat at the Emirates, both teams have a real chance of winning their first league title in over 20 years. If Tottenham and Arsenal can get off to a good start this season, the race for the trophy could well come down to the final weekend of the campaign.
This season’s Premier League fixtures were announced on Friday, and they include some big games. Manchester City are aiming to become the first team in English top-flight history to retain their title. They will have to beat Manchester United and Chelsea to do so, but they are a hugely strong outfit and it is difficult to see any side stopping them.
The opening weekend of the Premier League features seven games, with Man City beginning their bid for a record-equalling fourth consecutive league championship away to Burnley on Saturday, live on talkSPORT. The showdown with their old rivals will be followed by Arsenal vs Nottingham Forest and Manchester United vs Wolves. Listeners can tune in to talkSPORT on their mobile phones, tablets and DAB digital radios, or watch the coverage on talkSPORT 2 through their TV providers.
There is also a huge game in the Capital as Chelsea host West Ham, with both teams looking to make a positive start to the season. There is always a great atmosphere at Stamford Bridge and both teams will be hoping to build momentum early on in their respective bids for the trophy.
The Red Derby
With the new season set to kick-off on August 12, football fans across the globe can finally start looking forward to a full calendar of Premier League fixtures. The 2023/24 season will run from the opening weekend through to May 19 and, for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic and 2022 World Cup halted the schedule, the mid-season player break will return. The league has also promised to address fixture congestion around Christmas and New Year’s Day by ensuring no two rounds are played within 48 hours of each other.
Manchester United’s campaign will kick off with an exciting clash with Wolves at Old Trafford on August 14. Erik ten Hag’s side will then split their time between home and north London for the rest of the month, with a trip to Arsenal followed by the Red Devils hosting Tottenham.
November will see United reignite their rivalry with Manchester City as they host the champions at Old Trafford before traveling to Anfield for a match that could have a huge impact on the title race. The club’s schedule will then be lightened slightly with a trip to Fulham and a game against newly promoted Luton Town.
If a team finishes bottom of the table at the end of the season, they will be relegated to the Championship, the second tier of English football. The bottom three teams will then be replaced by the top three clubs that finish in the Championship play-offs. Those teams will then enter the UEFA Europa League qualification zone. However, if a club is already qualified for the Europa League or qualifies for the Champions League through other criteria, they will not be included in the relegation playoffs. This will ensure that the top teams in the Premier League are not distracted by other competitions early on. The top four teams in the Premier League will automatically qualify for the next round of the Champions League. The top three teams will also earn a place in the UEFA Europa League. The fifth-placed team will be eligible for the UEFA Europa League qualifying rounds, which will take place in October and November.
The Round of 16
The 2024- 25 season will see widespread changes to the Champions League format with the number of teams increasing from 32 to 36. There will be no more groups of four with the winners going into the last 16 automatically, instead the top eight teams in a single table (ranked using three points for a win, one for a draw and none for a defeat) will go into the knockout stages. Those finishing ninth to 24th will have to compete in two-legged play-offs to join them.
The English Premier League, currently with five teams in the tournament, will be guaranteed at least three places under the new system. The top four will be joined by the next highest club from each of the other major European leagues.
UEFA’s decision to drop the historical coefficient places, whereby a league’s best clubs were awarded extra slots based on their previous achievements, has been widely welcomed by the Premier League and Spain’s La Liga. The second of the four extra places is likely to be awarded to either Serie A or Germany’s Bundesliga.
There is also a new rule that teams from the same country can no longer be drawn against each other in the group stage. This is a change that will benefit Scottish clubs such as Celtic and Rangers, although the latter will have to fight hard to make the first qualifying round under the new rules.
In addition, a winter break for players will be introduced. This will be held between 13 and 20 January 2024 to help alleviate fixture congestion during the festive period. Similarly, no two rounds will be played within 48 hours of each other to address this issue.
The new format will also see a return to the old style of quarter-finals and semi-finals, with both legs being played over a weekend, similar to the final. This is seen as a move to help reduce the scheduling impact on clubs and fans, particularly with European games being played on the same nights as domestic fixtures for most of the year.
The final of football premier league 2024 will take place at Wembley Stadium in London, England. The match will be contested by the top four teams of the regular season who will compete against each other in home-and-away matches. The team with the most points will be crowned champions of the league.
The Premier League season begins on August 12 and will conclude on May 19 2024. The mid-season player break will return after the World Cup paused the league’s usual schedule, and the league has committed to helping ease fixture congestion over Christmas and New Year by ensuring no two rounds take place within 48 hours of each other.
Liverpool fans will be hoping their club can challenge Manchester City for the title once again after their shock Champions League quarter-final run last season. The Reds beat Augsburg and Dortmund in the previous rounds before overcoming an early setback against Bayern Munich to make it all the way to the semifinals.
In addition to the Premier League title race, this season will also feature a fascinating battle for the top spot in the Champions League. Manchester City will seek to win a second consecutive title, while Real Madrid will aim for revenge after losing the 2023 final to the Cityzens.
Despite the fact that many clubs have invested heavily in the transfer market this summer, it remains very difficult to predict who will be crowned champions of the 2023/24 season. However, if past history is anything to go by, the favourites will be Manchester City.
Manchester City will begin the campaign by taking on newly-promoted Burnley in their opening game of the season live on Sky Sports on Friday night. Other highlights of the opening weekend include Newcastle’s trip to Aston Villa, Mauricio Pochettino’s first Premier League encounter with Tottenham, and Manchester United’s visit to Wolves on Monday night. Interestingly, it has been reported that the number of games being broadcast this season will rise from around 200 to around 270, with all Sunday games being televised for the first time. This is hoped to increase the amount of money being offered in TV rights deals with a number of rival companies believed to be interested including Amazon, Apple TV, and Disney.
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