Coronavirus: What is the state of play in the Premier League, the competition returns to screens | UK News

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After a break unplanned of more than three months of top flight football in England will be back on screens today, as the teams look to get their league campaigns back on track.

In the Premier LeagueLiverpool look nailed on to win the first flight title in 30 years, while Norwich City, Aston Villa and Bournemouth to the struggle for survival.

During this time, in the Championship, before he was interrupted by the pandemic, Leeds United is on the verge of winning promotion to the Premier League side West Bromwich Albion, with teams such as Luton Town and Barnsley looking to relegation.

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The players of Liverpool celebrate in their last game before the lockout, the end of the fixtures

To be ready for the resumption of the season, Sky News has rounded up the pre-pandemic to the state of play of the teams in the top two levels of English football.

The Premier League

That is above the table?

Before the league stopped them, Liverpool were 25 points clear of nearest rivals and current champions Manchester City, leaving the title well within their reach, with nine games left to play. After only losing one game this season, the title appears to be theirs to lose.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been lauded for his calm comments when the league was interrupted when he said “today, the football and the football games don’t seem very important at all,” despite a major opportunity of the pandemic could have cost his team the premier League silverware.

The battle for the European places

Just below Liverpool and Manchester City, a number of teams are fighting for spots in next season’s Champions League competition in Europe – which are given to the teams who have finished in the top four.

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Manchester City are currently in second place

Leicester and Chelsea lay in third and fourth place respectively, but Manchester United, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield United are all snapping at their heels, to London clubs Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal behind them.

The team in fifth place will be for the Europa League, the competition the next season – currently at Manchester United.

Teams can withdraw from the Premier League?

At the bottom of the table, Norwich City, Aston Villa and Bournemouth have spent the last three months in the face of relegation, and will look to move away from the bottom of the table and secure their future in the league.

West Ham and Watford are on the same number of points as Bournemouth’s position in the league restarting and the risk of slipping into the relegation places, therefore, will be looking over their shoulders in the coming weeks.

Sky Sports News has examined each of the team title in the season’s restart, which you can read here.

The Championship

Who is the head of the promotion?

Leeds United are sitting at the summit of England’s second level, and are looking to make a return to the Premier League for the first time since 2004, alongside West Bromwich Albion, who are in second place.

Below them, Fulham, Brentford, Nottingham Forest and Preston North End are all in the Premier League play-off places, but can move into the automatic promotion spots in the next few weeks, go ahead.

Other teams within reaching distance of the promotion play-offs include Cardiff City, Blackburn Rovers and Millwall.



File photo dated 04-12-2019 of Tottenham Hotspur Harry Kane.

The Premier League fixed the date for the return

Teams may withdraw from the Championship?

At the other end of the table, Charlton athletic, Luton Town and Barnsley all in the face of the fall in the League after the occupation of the bottom three points of the league on the coronavirus-forced break.

They will be looking to leapfrog teams like Hull City, Wigan Athletic and Middlesborough to stay in the Championship.

Stoke City and Huddersfield town, although above the relegation zone, could end up dropping down if the season does not go their way.

You can read the entire history of the Championship through Sky Sports News here.



‘Glad to see players moving back to play “

The long-awaited return of live football starts on Wednesday night on Sky Sports, Premier League, while Aston Villa host Sheffield United, followed by Arsenal’s trip to Manchester City.

Twenty-five of the other 64 Premier League games shown on Sky Sports will be made free-to-air.

Football championship will begin Saturday, June 20, with a multitude of fixtures – starting with Fulham v Brentford at 12: 30 live on Sky Sports Football.

With games being played behind closed doors because of the social distance rules, Sky Sports, viewers will be able to choose the option to have the sound of the crowd plays while they watch – you can find out more here.

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