View single post by kargol
 Posted: Tue Apr 3rd, 2018 11:35 pm
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Ultimark wrote: kargol wrote: Is there too much of it? I look at the table, and each team has 81 home games. And nine or ten of those are against the same four opponents they face every year.The table?  I can tell you are from the UK.  You are lucky.  Every EPL game will last just under 2 hours with a break in the middle.  I have actually starting to watch myself a bit.  If the NFL is not careful, the EPL may become more popular.  OK, in the states that won't happen but interest is definitely much higher than it was just 5 years ago.
I can take that a bit further.  My team play in the second tier.  So we get 46 matches against 23 other teams.  No repeat fixtures - home and away once each.

Next season there will be six new teams.  Three relegated from the Premier, three promoted from League One.  Replacing teams that are promoted up and relegated down.  (Indeed as I type we are one place and two points above the relegation zone...)

Plus there are two knockout Cup competitions, we will have at least one game in each.

So there is a constant flux.  Next season we are bound to play teams we have not played for a while; if we get relegated we will probably play a couple we have never played before, in 143 years of history.  So there is a decent enough incentive to keep going.  Especially given the almost habitual (for us) tight end to the season - since 2011 we have been relegated from the Prem, lost in the promotion play-offs, and twice avoided relegation on the last day of the season; once when we scored with almost literally the last touch of the season.