English Premier League to Return on June 17
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
The English Premier League will return after a 100-day hiatus caused by the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. All Premier League clubs gave approval for the “Project Restart” on May 28. This will give a fitting conclusion to the 2019-20 season. Football enthusiasts and English Premier League oddsmakers are excited to witness the return of top-flight football in the United Kingdom, which has over 90 games left to play.
The hostilities will kick off on June 17 with Aston Villa playing host to Sheffield United. It is a game important for both squads. The Lions hope to remain in the Premier League. As for Sheffield, they seek to rise to the top four of the team classification. In the second match, second-running Manchester City will lock horns with Arsenal. City aims to solidify their grip at second spot behind runaway leaders Liverpool.
Pipe-in sounds to reduce empty stadium boredom
Multiple reports say that the league will use EA Sports’ virtual audience noises and sounds. They will all be coming from the FIFA video game to liven up coverages. Large crowd gatherings are still prohibited in sports events to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease. These virtual sounds will help avoid the hollow feeling during live broadcasts in empty stadia.
Sky Sports, on the other hand, will use chants from Premier League teams to duplicate the atmosphere in live matches. Expect pipe-in boos and cheers. Team hymns will be played such as Liverpool’s “You Will Never Walk Alone,”. It will be played on the background while watching EPL matches on live TV.
After finishing the 2018-19 season one point behind champion Manchester City, the Reds have played superb football in the 2019-20 season. 29 games before the coronavirus pandemic halted play, the Juergen Klopp-managed XI have won 27 games, drawn once and lost once. They are 25 points ahead of second-running Manchester City and can potentially wrap it up on June 21 against Everton in the “Merseyside derby.”
If they take home the Premier League title, this will be Liverpool’s 19th domestic title and first since the 1989-90 season. The impending league win will cap a run where the Reds clinched the 2018-19 UEFA Champions League, 2019 UEFA Super Cup and the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup titles.
EPL backs ‘Black Lives Matter’
In support of the “Black Lives Matter” movement, the English Premier League will permit those three words placed on the back of the players’ jerseys instead of their names. Media reports revealed that the idea was initially raised by the #PlayersTogether group. They asked the league to allow the jersey change for the opening round of fixtures next week.
Aside from this, the EPL will support players who plan to take a knee to condemn discrimination in any form. Players across Europe have voiced support to Black Lives Matter outside of the United States. The advocacy has generated tremendous attention following the death of African-American George Floyd in police custody last month.
All 20 Premier League clubs held talks to come up with a collective stance on the matter. The league said that the “Black Lives Matter” logo will feature on team shirts for the remainder of the season, aside from the badge honoring the efforts made by the UK’s National Health Service during the coronavirus pandemic.
Exciting conclusion to 2019-20 English Premier League
Despite the fact that one team is expected to run away with the league crown, several teams are still in the hunt for the three Champions League slots and others are looking to remain in the top tier next season. The final 92 games will still matter for 19 other teams not named Liverpool as it could mean a slot for them in the Champions League and Europa League.
Seven or eight squads are in the hunt for the remaining three Champions League slots and one Europa League ticket. At the bottom half of the table, at least five teams are seeking to maintain their status in the EPL. Four teams can gain 30 points if they win all of their games while the rest can secure a maximum of 27. There are still lots of points to play for and anything can happen for the 19 teams. Online soccer bettors are in for an exciting conclusion of the 2019-20 English Premier League in the remaining weeks.