The 2012–13 Premier League (known as the Barclays Premier League for sponsorship reasons) is the 21st season of the Premier League, the English professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1992. The fixture schedule was released on 18 June 2012. The season began on 18 August 2012 and will end on 19 May 2013.
Reading (as Champions) and Southampton (as runners-up) secured direct promotion to the Premier League from the 2011–12 Football League Championship. Reading will return to the Premier League after an absence of four years, while Southampton make a comeback to the highest tier after making two successive promotions and seven seasons in the leagues below. The third promoted team was decided in a four-team play-off between the Championship teams ranked third through to sixth. Ultimately, third-placed West Ham United defeated fifth-placed Blackpool in the Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium on 19 May 2012. West Ham returned to the Premier League after only one season of absence.
Source: Barclays Premier League Rules for classification:1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd number of goals scored. (C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round; (Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament
Source: Premier League 1The home team is listed in the left-hand column. Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win. For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.