The current Premier League season is currently at a standstill. Will Manchester United get to finish the season? That is anyone’s guess right now.
United, and most other Premier League clubs have nine games remaining this season. Other than Liverpool winning the league, everything is still to play for.
This means if the Premier League wants to decide things then they have to finish the season off at some point, either in May, June, July or maybe even August.
With midweek games, it would take six weeks to finish the season, can this be done?
If not, what is the alternative, do we just call this season void and leave everything exactly as it was at the end of last season and start again? There will be clubs unhappy about that, Liverpool especially.
The only thing that appears to be decided this season is that Liverpool will win the league. Although that isn’t confirmed, it is incredibly likely and would probably only take the playing of another couple of fixtures to make it official.
However, everything else is up in the air and games in hand add further confusion to the situation.
For example, Manchester United are currently in 5th, and that means the Champions League next season with Manchester City banned from Europe.
Sheffield United are down in 7th but have a game in hand and a win there would move them into 5th.
Is it fair on them to miss out on Europe, when they are technically in the driving seat at the moment?
The exact same situation is at the bottom of the table with Aston Villa. A win for them pulls them out of the relegation zone, relegating Watford instead.
For these reasons, it is highly unlikely we will have any finishing order and relegation if we don’t complete the season.
The official cut off at the moment is the end of June, although if leagues could put a schedule together where they would finish after that, surely Uefa and Fifa will agree?
This would me a change around with contracts for those who are expiring this summer, but with the situation being as it is, an exception would likely be made.
With six weeks needed, it is conceivable that we could resume the Premier League during the middle of June and finish towards the end of July.
Players shouldn’t have too many problems with that, as the dates almost coincide with the Euro 2020 Championships that have now been postponed. Stars at the club such as Bruno Fernandes were already planning to be playing then anyway.
If you leave this much time and also play games behind closed doors, there is a strong likelihood that they would be able to take place.
While every team wants fans back in the ground, this may not be able to happen for the rest of this season depending on how the pandemic grows.
Should fans not be able to attend then it is very likely that the league and their TV partners would do a deal showing more live games so people can keep up to date with the action.
This would add interest for those at home, including those who like to bet on the Premier League. Thebookiesoffers.co.uk collected the latest football bookmakers offers and these are going to prove popular when the action resumes.
The Premier League is already one of the most popular betting leagues in the world but with additional games on TV should they go behind closed doors, that will only rise further.