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Poll: What Are Your Premier League TV Viewing Habits?

Sometimes I wish I supported one Premier League club. Instead, I support Swansea City, the club I’ve followed since I was 10 years-old.

The reason why I sometimes wish I followed a Premier League club is two-fold. One, there would conceivably be only one fixture on my TV schedule each weekend that I would feel obligated to watch. And two, life would be much easier if all of my energy was focused on rallying behind one club.

Instead, being in charge of EPL Talk, I feel obligated to watch each of the teams closely so I can provide my unbiased viewpoints regarding all of the clubs in the Premier League. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not a bad job to have. And it’s not something I don’t enjoy. However, I often feel that I’m everyone’s worst enemy when it comes to Premier League clubs, especially when I share my critical opinions regarding each club. If I supported one Premier League club, it’d be easier for supporters to understand that I’m biased and that I’m criticizing one team because they may be the arch enemy of the team I support. But when I support no one in the Premier League, it’s harder for some readers to understand or relate to my opinions, which are just the way I feel and sometimes are quite contrarian.

The other thing about being a supporter of a Premier League club is that it’s easier to be biased. I understand, trust me. When I was a teenager and went to see a home match at Swansea, it was us against the world. It was the referee, his linesmen, the opponents who were all conspiring against us. Every call that went against us was criminal. And when one brave soul spoke up to say that a call against Swansea was actually a correct decision, that person would be met with scorn and derision. But more often than not he was right. But he was the outsider.

It’s interesting to monitor how peer pressure on the Internet has a profound impact on the way you view a game. You’ll often see supporters of certain clubs regurgitating the same opinions made by the manager and key bloggers, believing every word of it and saying the same things over and over again across message forums and comments on the Web.

But that’s not everyone. That said, I’m interested in knowing who you support in the Premier League? Answer the poll below to give us a better idea of your typical Premier League experience throughout the season.

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About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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