4 Reasons Why EPL Fans Should Give Non-League Football a Try This Season
This past weekend, the English Premier League (EPL) roared back into action after a summer break, bringing with it the very best in world class football.
Throughout the opening weekend of the 2017/2018 EPL season, current title holders Chelsea fell to Burnley in a surprise 2-3 defeat, whilst their fellow Londoners Watford held Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool to a 3-3 draw.
Last season’s FA Cup winners Arsenal also enjoyed success against 2015-2016 EPL winners, Leicester City.
The games were watched by millions, with just as many more expected to tune in for high profile clashes featuring the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, and Tottenham Hotspur.
Yet whilst all eyes being on the top flight teams may be a good thing the sport as a whole, for fans who choose to exclusively watch only Premier League games, that does mean missing out on a host of exhilarating action taking place elsewhere in the world of UK football.
Today, we’ll look at just four reasons why Premier League fans should take a chance on watching non-league football throughout the next season.
There’s a common misconception that non-league football just isn’t as accessible as its top-flight counterpart.
It’s not hard to see why.
With the likes of Sky Sports and mainstream media outlets focussing predominantly on the Chelseas and Manchester Uniteds of the world, you’d be forgiven for having no idea that the likes of the Vanarama Conference even exist.
Yet as recently as this past July, broadcaster BT Sport announced that they’ll be showcasing no less than 30 Vanarama National League games throughout the season.
Don’t forget, this is the same BT Sport that will also broadcast the likes of Liverpool vs. Arsenal and Man United vs. Everton, so if you’re investing in a subscription for those games, you’ve already got plenty of access to non-league games.
For many, what really makes football so enjoyable is the thrill and excitement of placing a wager on the big games.
Major sports bookmakers have already released EPL betting 2017 odds, but alongside those, you can also have a flutter on non-league sides like Basingstoke Town FC and Oxford City, both of whom play in the Vanarama Conference South.
What’s more, when the players you originally saw playing in the non-leagues make it up to the Premier League (as many do), you’ll be far more familiar with them.
That means that, when it comes to making a bet on EPL games, you’ll have a significant advantage, as you’ll already know how many key players are likely to perform.
That of course, brings us nicely to our next point.
Yes, we know what you’re thinking; that sounds like a cheap plug for a TV talent show, but it’s just as true in football.
Well-known stars like former England forward Peter Crouch, Liverpool and England star Danny Ings, and goalkeeping superstar Joe Hart a few of the many big names who all had runs with non-league sides before hitting the big time.
What this means, is that when you tune into a non-league game, you’re getting the first chance to see players that are likely to be seen in the Premier League in years to come.
Not only does this help with your EPL betting, it also comes in very handy when it’s time to impress your mates with your superior football knowledge down the pub.
“Whatever happened to…?”
It’s a common question asked of many former Premier League stars who didn’t make the move into a prominent role in management or in the media.
The answer, for some, is that they continued following their passion for the beautiful game by taking a role with a non-league side.
Remember Jonathan Greening, who put in 14 appearances for Manchester United and played at the top level of the UEFA Champions League?
How about Argentinian superstar Julio Arca, who was such a popular part of Middlesbrough’s Premier League run, or ex-Arsenal and England star Paul Merson?
After their glory days were over, all three -and many more besides- went on to play for non-league sides, meaning there’s always a chance you can catch your old favourites still plying their trade in a much more intimate environment.