Premier League North vs South: What Would It Look Like And Who Makes The Teams?

Todd Boehly has only been knocking about the Premier League for a manner of months, but he’s certainly made an impression so far. From recommending a 4-4-3 formation, sacking a manager who had reached five finals in less than two seasons, and now putting forward the idea of a Premier League North vs South All-Star match. In what is once again surely another case of an American owner coming over to the British Isles attempting to line their pockets a little deeper, check out SinkorSwimSports as we play the hypothetical and put forward our selections for our two teams. 

Is It A Good Idea? 

The enigmatic Chelsea owner put forward the idea of a Premier League North v South All-Star match as a way of ‘taking a lesson’ from American sports (surprise surprise), and as a way of funding the English football pyramid. Stop us if you’ve heard this one before. 

No doubt this idea has already been scoffed at from clubs, namely his own, who have been consistently bemoaning a congested fixture schedule over the past few seasons. 

“When he finds a date for that he can call me. He forgets that in the big sports in America these players have four-month breaks so they are quite happy they can do a little bit of sport in these breaks. It’s completely different in football. What can I say? Does he want to bring the Harlem Globetrotters as well and let them play against a football team?

Jurgen Klopp

Obviously, this is another case of an American owner not understanding European football, and attempting to steamroll over its roots and traditions with a new gimmick designed to make money. 

Aside from the problems with a North vs South match as a concept, there are also a whole host of logistical issues the Chelsea owner neglected to address including, but not limited to: where would it be held, when would it take place, how would you guarantee competitiveness and who gets held accountable for any injuries? 

Marcus Rashford vs Arsenal, 2022
How many Man United and Arsenal players make your Premier League North vs South teams?

How Would A North vs South Premier League All-Star Match Work?

Putting aside all the issues with the North vs South match as a concept and a reality, how would this game actually look? 

Presuming there would be no hurdles to overcome when it comes to selection, the idea is pretty simple: players from the ten most geographically northern sides up against those from the ten most southern. Given the dominance the traditional top six (Man City and Liverpool especially) would have over this, it could well be that a maximum cap is put on the number of players a club can put forward. With that in mind, we’ve restricted ourselves to two players per club in an effort to represent as many of the following clubs as possible.

North clubs eligible: Aston Villa, Everton, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle, Nottingham Forest, and Wolves

South clubs eligible: Arsenal, Bournemouth, Brentford, Brighton, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Southampton, Tottenham, and West Ham.

North
(4-3-3)

South
(4-3-3)

Nick Pope (Newcastle) 

Robert Sanchez (Brighton) 

Kieran Trippier (Newcastle) 

Reece James (Chelsea) 

Vigil van Dijk (Liverpool)

Marc Guehi (Crystal Palace)

James Tarkowski (Everton) 

Cristian Romero (Spurs) 

Joao Cancelo (Man City) 

Marc Cucurella (Chelsea) 

Youri Tielemans (Leicester) 

Declan Rice (West Ham) 

Ruben Neves (Wolves) 

James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) 

Bruno Fernandes (Man United)

Martin Odegaard (Arsenal)

Cristiano Ronaldo (Man United)

Leandro Trossard (Brighton) 

Erling Haaland (Man City)

Harry Kane (Spurs) 

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal)