Premier League back on 17 June – Mark your calendars, keep your schedules free.
After suspension of football for nearly 3 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Premier League is scheduled to return to action on 17 June (Wednesday) with 2 fixtures (Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal).
A full set of weekend fixtures is expected to resume from 19 June.
Where were we again?
In case you have forgotten about it all, Liverpool leads the table by 25 points. Man City have a game in hand and can have a maximum of 87 pts.
To seal their first title in 30 years, Liverpool need 2 wins or City to drop points. If City do not beat Arsenal on 17 June, Liverpool can seal the title on the first weekend of resumption.
Leicester sits in third with 53 points while 5 points separate Chelsea, Man Utd, Wolves and Sheff Utd in 4th to 7th.
At the bottom, things are much tighter. Norwich are 6 points from safety, Villa 2 points off with a game in hand while Bournemouth, Watford and West Ham are tied in 27 points between 16th to 18th.
What can we expect?
Based on what we see in the Bundesliga and other reports, these are some changes we can expect when the Premier League resumes:
- Games played with no fans in the ground
- Five substitutions
- Late games played in daylight (summer in Europe)
- Weirder goal celebrations
- Loss of home advantage
What about the rest of Europe?
Different federations have approached football resumption differently. [from BBC]
- On Thursday Italy’s sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora confirmed that Serie A will return on 20 June after the league was suspended on 9 March. Juventus lead the table by a point with 12 rounds of matches remaining.
- Spain’s prime minister Pedro Sanchez announced on Saturday that La Liga can resume from 8 June. Barcelona lead Real Madrid by two points at the top with 11 rounds of matches to play.
- The German Bundesliga season resumed on 16 May, becoming the first major league in Europe to return to competition. All matches are being played behind closed doors with Bayern Munich leading the way on 64 points.
- The French Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 seasons will not resume, with Paris St-Germain being awarded the top-flight title.
What about FPL?
FPL technically froze after “GW38” on 15 May and no transfers can be made. The last official word about the game was on 15 May and that had not provided any further insight on how FPL would be resumed.
However, based on current reports, 4 teams (MCI | ARS | SHU | AVL) are expected to have a DGW on the first week of football (how will they name it? GW30? GW39?)
We discussed the use of a “corona chip” a while back but that is of course now out of the window. We will have a rethink about our resumption strategy after FPL releases more information.
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