What if the Premier League season, suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic, does not resume?
The Premier League has come a long way this season, having stopped on the evening of its 29th act on 9 March, to designate its undisputed champion: Liverpool. Liverpool are 25 points clear of Manchester City, who have ten more league games to play in the league, and are on course for their first league title since 1990. However, for the rest of the standings, the debate was still open…
Taking into account the Citizens’ exclusion from all European competitions for two years nevertheless, the remaining three Champions League tickets, in the event of a definitive suspension for the 2019-2020 financial year, would go to Leicester, Chelsea and Manchester United. Wolverhampton and Sheffield United, who will, however, be happy to console themselves with the Europa League – with the Blades entering the second qualifying round as early as the second round. The only two sides to have made it through are Tottenham and Arsenal, eighth and ninth in the English top flight at the time of the freeze, two and three points behind the continental champions.
The situation was even more grim for Bournemouth, first relegated for a small goal to Watford. 19th and 20th, Aston Villa and Norwich City were not necessarily out of the running either, two and six points adrift of the waterline. All that beauty was invited to give way to Leeds and West Bromwich, the top two finishers in the British second division Championship standings. The third place went to the elite returning either to third-placed Fulham or to the winner of promotion play-offs including Brentford, Nottingham Forest and Preston North End.