English Premier League… Coming to a Pig ‘N’ Whistle Near You!
If you are reading this article then you’re surely aware of the somewhat controversial matter of Optus securing the Australian broadcast rights to the English Premier League. We are thrilled to announce that this season, Pig ‘N’ Whistle will continue to televise EPL live in HD every weekend. Better yet, you can choose from five Pig ‘N’ Whistle venues around Brisbane to watch the matches! To find out which ones, read on.
English Premier League Prelude
With the new season only a matter of weeks away, we thought it would be timely to take a look at what each of the Premier League sides have been getting up to in the off-season.
AFC Bournemouth have signed several young players from rival Premier League clubs this off season. Keep an eye out for young Socceroo Brad Smith who has left Liverpool (his home since the young age of 14) to sign for Bournemouth.
Manager Arsene Wenger is celebrating his 20th anniversary with the Premier League club this year. Although not quite as active in the off-season as their fans would have liked, Wegner’s anniversary is sure to inspire and encourage the team to lift their game this season.
Burnley needed to strengthen their midfield in order to make their presence known in this year’s Premier League campaign. Will the additions of Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Jack Leitch be enough?
Antonio Conte joins the Chelsea side as Manager, still fresh from leading the Italian national side to the Quarter Finals of Euro 2016. They certainly dropped a few coins during the off-season, but with good reason. Chelsea signed key players N’Golo Kante and Michy Batshuayi during the summer.
Chelsea Palace made a strong start to their off-season with the signings of Andros Townsend, Steve Mandanda and James Tomkins. They also currently have a deal on the table for West Brom’s Saido Berahino. We are anticipating a strong season ahead for Palace.
Everton successfully poached Premier League title winning Manager Steve Walsh away from Leicester City. Steve Walsh will play the role of Director of Football for Everton, who has proven his ability to build a successful team with very little capital. Now that he has more money to play with, we are looking forward to seeing some great return for Everton.
The recently promoted Hull have already suffered a severe blow with the loss of the Manager on the eve of their first season back in the Premier League. Mike Phelan, former Manchester United Assistant Manager, stepped in as Coach in the interim, providing some stability to the club. He has now been offered permanent reigns.
Fresh from their maiden Premier League title, Leicester are out to prove that last year was more than just a one off. They have started the new season on the back foot with several other clubs raiding their title winning team.
Liverpool are another club to have spent up big this off-season in the hope of improving their performance from last year. Keep an eye out for Ragnar Klavan who will be replacing Kolo Toure in the backfield this season.
Manchester City is another prominent club who have signed a new manager for the 2016/17 season. They have also signed Pep Guardiola after a successful tenure with Bayern Munich, where he played a vital role in their two German Championships.
Manchester United have signed a new manager, Jose Mourinho. The red side of Manchester will be hoping he can weave some of the magic seen in Chelsea’s 2015 campaign!
After winning a $332 million shootout with Brighton and Hove to be promoted to the Premier League last season, the ‘Boro have big things planned for this season. Rumour also has it that Robin Van Persie is planning a return to the Premier League with the newly promoted side.
Southampton have lost some big names to rival clubs so they need to make some big signings before the season starts. Sofiane Boufal is looking for a new club and has played under Southampton’s new manager in the French League. This would seem like a natural choice.
Their first signing for the new season was Egyptian international Ramadan Sobhi. The 19 year old has played six matches for Egypt and we predict he has strong future ahead.
David Moyes is making his first appearance as a Premier League Manager since he was unceremoniously dumped by Manchester United in 2014. He will be out to prove that his dismal record in charge of the club following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement was not a true reflection of his management skills.
Swansea City are under new ownership after American investor duo Jason Levien and Steve Kaplan made their takeover of the club official. With a few ownership issues now settled, look out for Swansea making some moves in the remaining weeks of the transfer window.
Tottenham have not made any big changes in the off-season besides the announcement that Manager Mauricio Pochettino’s would not accept a job with Argentina. This choice to stay with the Tottenham has at least settled a few nerves amongst fans. Look out for Harry Kane who we predict will have another solid season at the front.
Watford is another club with a new manager. This off-season, Watford welcomed Walter Mazzarri into the top position at the club. Mazzarri lead Napoli to their first Series A title in 20 years. The Watford faithful will be hoping he brings the same magic touch to the Premier League this season.
West Bromwich Albion
West Bromwich Albion have had a relatively quiet off-season despite the loss of Saido Berahino. It could be a long season for The Baggies!
West Ham United
After Dmitryi Payet’s fantastic Euro campaign, the West Ham faithful will be expecting big things from him this season. We are sure that he will not disappoint!
You can bet that we’re getting excited for the commencement of the season. The venues showing EPL this season are Riverside, Queen Street Mall, Brunswick Street, West End and Indooroopilly. To stay up to date with what games are playing, head over to our Live Sports page. There’s only 16 days to go (but who’s counting?) so visit us on
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