Premier League teams have begun reaping the rewards of the colossal TV deals starting this season, resulting in the richest league in the world just keep getting richer. As you well know new money means new players, managers, stadiums, and promise. Although the EPL has lost a bit of its lustre of late, this season is being hailed as the one that cements the prem’s claim as the undisputable best league in the world.
With London the home of five EPL clubs – including three that will be looking to take home the title – the capital will be the main hub of activity in the league. That being the case, football fans around the world should be looking to book a London apartment in order to pay tribute to the world’s greatest. Here are five footballing reasons why you should pilgrimage to London this season.
West Ham’s Inaugural Season at the Olympic Stadium
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is now the official home of the Hammers. The stadium, which was built for the 2012 Olympics, can hold 60,000 spectators. Finishing the 2015-2016 just four points adrift of a Champions League spot means that West Ham supporters will turn out with expectations at their highest since the founding of the EPL in 1992. Not to mention that one of the most exciting players in Europe, Dimitri Payet, will be gracing the pitch.
North London Derby
For arguably the finest atmosphere in the land, book your tickets at the world-famous White Hart Lane for the North London Derby between two of the most attractive footballing teams in the league: Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) and Arsenal. The rivalry is intense, and with invariably only hair’s breadth to separate the teams in terms of quality and points, the stakes will be high. Look forward to watching the likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli grace that hallowed turf in Spurs’ iconic lily white and navy blue, and international talents Mezut Özil and Alexis Sánchez do their best to snatch what would be a famous victory.
After winning the title two years ago pundits everywhere were uniform in their prediction of Chelsea as repeat champions. However, the unpredictability of football was manifested in horrific fashion for Blues supporters who watched their team sack “the chosen one” (José Mourinho) as they finished 10th; their worst EPL finish ever. With Italian Antonio Conte at the helm and a defence bolstered by last season’s winner of the Players’ Player of the Season award, N’Golo Kante, Chelsea will be optimistic about their chances of winning the title.
Despite the ground-breaking sum of money the EPL has received from TV deals, ticket prices are still rising. This means that many die-hard fans are being pushed out of the stadiums and into the pubs. A high concentration of avid fans in a pub is like having transplanted the most vociferous section of a stadium and putting them into a little box. Whatever atmosphere you’d expect pitch side will only be amplified when the party is taken indoors. Another bonus of opting out of watching a live game is the ability to eat and drink inexpensively, while benefitting from a truly authentic cultural experience.
Fulham Football Club’s battleground hasn’t changed since 1896. Minor renovations have kept the structural integrity of the stadium intact to ensure the health of one of the few remaining relics of traditional English stadiums. The architecture and location – adjacent to the River Thames – give Fulham’s home an authentic club atmosphere. Fulham’s position in the Championship means that tickets will be cheaper than those of the EPL and it’ll be less of a challenge finding them online. You’ll be able to witness the world’s favourite sport on one of the oldest pitches in Europe.
With the Olympics over, London reclaims its position as the epi-centre of the sporting world. Be sure to partake in the festivities of the 2016-2017 season by booking your London holiday apartment in one of London’s most luxurious locations: Kensington, Pimlico, Knightsbridge and Fulham.