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How empty stadiums can affect the return of the Premier League

How empty stadiums can affect the return of the Premier League

End of home advantage, more young players and strange celebrations - are these among the things we can expect to see in the Premier League when the championship restarts in front of empty stands?

The last two weeks of the re-launch of the Bundesliga have given us an idea of ​​how football has changed behind closed doors in Germany.

And there were pros and cons to playing without fans.

Here are a few things we noticed that could affect the restart of the Premier League.
End of home advantage?
Is there still an advantage when you don't have the support of your fans in the stadium and it's no longer scary for your opponents?

The last two weeks of the Bundesliga have suggested that this may be the case. Only three wins for the host from 22 matches. And more goals are scored by away teams (44 vs. 25)
Borussia Dortmund hoped for an advantage at home in their match for the first place with Bayern Munich on Tuesday, but it was the leaders in the league who withdrew with a 1-0 victory. The visiting team of Wolfsburg defeated Bayer Leverkusen, which started the day fourth, 4-1 that night.

Borussia Monchengladbach scored their fastest goal in the Bundesliga in five years (37 seconds) in a 3-1 victory in Frankfurt, and Mainz avoided an away defeat after falling behind by two goals for the first time since 2017, and returned to turn 2: 2 in Cologne.

Mainz also lost a Bundesliga match 5-0 for the first time in their history in the next home match against RB Leipzig, while Augsburg registered its biggest away victory in the league since October 2017 against Schalke.

Several Premier League clubs believe that even without fans, there will be an advantage for the home team if they play at home and not in neutral stadiums, as discussed at first reading.
Strange celebrations after a goal
Some things were exactly the same after Dortmund and Schalke took the center stage at the start of the start on May 16 - a goal for Haaland, for example. His goal in the 29th minute put Dortmund on the road to a convenient 4-0 victory over an empty Westfalenstadion.
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But the celebrations were definitely different.

Without the fans, there was no outpouring of emotions from the stands, there was no roar when the ball crossed the goal line, no gathering of players due to social measures for distancing.

Instead, Haaland's teammates formed a rainbow around him and applauded as he performed a strange dance in the corner.

Hertha Berlin striker Vedad Ibisevich, who celebrated with his teammates during his 3-0 victory at Hoffenheim, said the players were not "robots" and should be "passionate".
But Freiburg goalkeeper Alexander Shvolov pointed to an advantage over the lack of fans.
"Football lives on the fans and the people we can excite," said Shvolov after his 1-1 draw with RB Leipzig. "But we communicated more on the field because we sound better."
Less pressure on the referees
You might think that the absence of vocal fans will mean a calmer atmosphere and that the referees will have to show less yellow and red cards.

That is what seems to have changed little on this front in the Bundesliga. 24 cards given in the first weekend after the restart were shown, while 25 were shown this weekend. This follows the pattern of the previous five weekends, in which an average of 24 yellow cards were given.

No red cards were shown in the first weekend, but two players received this weekend - Felix Klaus in the loss of Wolfsburg to Borussia Dortmund and Philipp Bargfrede in the victory of Werder Bremen over Freiburg.

This was only the fourth time in the last 12 weekends that more than one red card was shown.

The Bundesliga is known for having some of the best young talent in Europe and the last two weekends have been no different.
A chance for young players to stand out

The Bundesliga is known for having some of the best young talent in Europe and the last two weekends have been no different.

The 19-year-old Dortmund striker Haaland and the 20-year-old Kai Haverz from Bayer Leverkusen stole the headlines with their form and goal-scoring flair.
Are there any benefits to not having fans at the stadium for other youngsters hoping to break through?

Rather not. Florian Wirz made history with a 4-1 win over Werder Bremen last Monday when he became the youngest Bundesliga player for Bayer Leverkusen (17 years, 15 days) - the third youngest player in the league.

Category: Football analyses
Tags: Premier League, Coronavirus

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