How Many Premier League Teams Are in London?

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Gary Pearson @newagejourno Sep 28, 2022, 1:36 PM
  • Seven London-based teams play in the Premier League.
  • Chelsea, Tottenham, and Arsenal have played all 30 Premier League seasons.

Seven of the 20 Premier League teams call London home, the largest allocation of capital city teams since the 1994-95 season. 

Premier League odds have Arsenal as the most likely London team to win the title (+1000), while Tottenham (+1600) and Chelsea (+3300) round out the top three. 

The number of London-based teams can fluctuate each season, as the bottom three  automatically drop a division into the Championship. 

Each season, the three best Championship teams get promoted to the Premier League, so the number of teams from London is ever-fluid. 

Four things are guaranteed in London: rain and Arsenal, Chelsea, and Tottenham competing in the Premier League. They’re the only three London-based teams that have played in the Premier League every season since its 1992-93 inception. 

How Many Premier League Teams Are in London? 

There are seven London-based teams for the 2022-23 Premier League season, including Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, West Ham, Crystal Palace, Fulham, and Brentford. 

The only other time seven teams from London competed in the Premier League was in 1994-95. That season saw Tottenham, Queens Park Rangers, Arsenal, Chelsea, Wimbledon, West Ham, and Crystal Palace take part in England’s elite division.

The last London team to win the Premier League was Chelsea in 2016-17. Chelsea and Arsenal are the only two London teams to win the Premier League in its 30-year history. 

7. Chelsea

Location: West London

Stadium: Stamford Bridge

Surrounding Communities: Chelsea, Fulham, West Brompton

Year Founded: 1905

Chelsea has won the Premier League five times and is the last London team to win the division. They also have the oldest active stadium in the Premier League, which opened in 1877. 

The Blues recently fired manager Thomas Tuchel and hired Graham Potter to replace him. In terms of London teams, they are the third favorites to win the 2022-23 Premier League (+3300). However, their poor start has already put them in an unenviable position. 

6. Crystal Palace

Location: South London (Croydon)

Stadium: Selhurst Park

Surrounding Communities: Thornton Heath, Anerly, Addiscombe

Year Founded: 1861

Crystal Palace, nicknamed the Eagles, is enjoying its 10th consecutive season in the Premier League. You’d have to roll back the years to the 2012-13 season to find a top-flight table devoid of the Eagles. 

Crystal Palace finished 10th in 2014-15, their best finish in the Premier League. Patrick Vieira has the Eagles playing an enterprising brand of football, though a top-10 finish is always aspirational for a Palace side hamstrung by a comparatively small financial purse. 

5. Arsenal

Location: North London

Stadium: Emirates Stadium

Surrounding Communities: Finsbury Park, Islington, Archway

Year Founded: 1886

Arsenal is the only other London team besides Chelsea that has won the Premier League. The Gunners accomplished the feat three times, in 1997-98, 2001-02, and 2003-04.

The club’s most storied Premier League-winning season came in 2003-04 when they went undefeated for the entire 38-game season and were dubbed “The Invincibles.”

It’s the only time a team has gone through a Premier League campaign without a single defeat.

4. Tottenham 

Location: North London

Stadium: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Surrounding Communities: Tottenham, Edmonton

Year Founded: 1882

Tottenham is arguably the most famous and renowned London team not to win the Premier League. Naturally, West Ham supporters might have something combative to say about that. 

Spurs have played in the Premier League for all 30 seasons, finishing third in 2015-16 and second in 2016-17. They moved into their state-of-the-art stadium in 2019 after playing at White Hart Lane from 1899 until 2017. 

They share, albeit begrudgingly, north London with arch-nemesis Arsenal and are London’s second favorites behind their most loathed rivals to win the 2022-23 Premier League.

3. Fulham

Location: West London 

Stadium: Craven Cottage

Surrounding Communities: Fulham, Hurlingham, Putney 

Year Founded: 1879

Fulham plays on the bank of the Thames at Craven Cottage, a steeped-in-tradition stadium that has been open since 1896. Nicknamed the Cottagers, Fulham returned to the Premier League for the start of the 2022-23 season. 

They have bounced back and forth between the Championship and Premier League more than a tennis ball on either side of the court. The last time Fulham enjoyed more than a single season in the Premier League was from 2001-02 to 2013-14, a 13-season run. 

2. Brentford

Location: West London 

Stadium: Brentford Community Stadium 

Surrounding Communities: Brentford, Acton, Ealing, Chiswick

Year the Club Formed: 1889

Brentford gained promotion into the Premier League for the first time in 2021-22. It marked their first season in England’s top football division since 1947. 

The year prior, in August 2020, Brentford played its last game at Griffin Park, the stadium they called home for 116 years.

Bretford thrived in its first Premier League season, finishing an impressive 13th thanks to an outstanding final two months. 

Off to a strong start, they look to consolidate their place in the Premier League, though there is little room for error. 

1. West Ham

Location: East London 

Stadium: London Stadium

Surrounding Communities: Stratford, Bethnal Green, Fish Island 

Year the Club Formed: 1895

West Ham has seen its fair share of tumultuous times. The Hammers were relegated into the Championship at the end of the 2010-11 season. 

After a season in the Championship, West Ham returned to the Premier League in 2012-13 and haven’t looked back, maintaining their Premier League status ever since.  

They finished sixth in 2020-21, their best placement since the Premier League’s inception. 

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Gary Pearson

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Gary Pearson is a freelance sports writer who contributes regularly to BetMGM, specializing in hockey, tennis and soccer coverage.

Gary Pearson is a freelance sports writer who contributes regularly to BetMGM, specializing in hockey, tennis and soccer coverage.