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Premier League: What else will grab us this season?

Premier League: What else will grab us this season?

Premier League football is back.

No ball has been kicked since mid-March, after the season was suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus, but the players have returned to training and, as decided on Thursday, the season will resume on June 17.

With the rules for social distancing, without fans in the stadiums and the opportunity to make five shifts, this football will be very different from the one we enjoyed before the stop, but at least it will allow the 2019-20 campaign to be completed.

Liverpool, of course, are on the verge of winning their first title in 30 years, but how quickly could they achieve that and what else should they watch out for?

What still needs to be ranked at the top of the rankings?

The title was in Liverpool's reach before the coronavirus pandemic halted the national football program. The good news for the Reds, however, is that they probably won't have to wait long to finally get it once football returns.

Only two more wins will do the job for Liverpool, although they could seal the title in their first game back if Manchester City lose at home to Arsenal on June 17.

Once the question of the title is closed, it should be decided which teams will participate directly or through qualifications in the Champions League.

It is now clear that Manchester City will not be able to compete in the most important European club competition in the next two seasons, after being penalized for violating the rules of financial fair play. However, citizens have appealed and can still compete if the ban is lifted.
However, if the ban is observed, whoever finishes fifth will take a place in the next season of the Champions League. Manchester United currently occupy this position (with 45 points), but the Wolves and Sheffield United are only two points behind and will undoubtedly have a passion for securing an unlikely place with the elite of Europe. Tottenham, in eighth place and four points from fifth, and Arsenal, with five points behind, but with a game less, will also wait for their chances to get to the coveted place.

The battle at the bottom

One side effect of the forced absence of matches in the last two months is that teams in poor form have a chance to restart.

In particular, Aston Villa, which was in desperately bad shape, and after four consecutive defeats, they slipped to the penultimate place on two safety points - although they have a game less than their rivals to survive. Villa are one of six teams that realistically fight to avoid relegation, with each team from 15th place looking down over their shoulder.

Norwich are last six points away, but they were the only team in the last three to have won one of their four previous games before football was halted.

Seven defeats in 10 games and Bournemouth fell into the bottom three, but they struggled with injuries to several players from the first team, which affected their form. Many of them will now be fit to play, which means that the Cherries will probably have a strong squad to fight for participation in the Premier League next season.
Watford looked doomed in December, but the arrival of Nigel Pearson caused a resurgence in the team, and with four wins from five games, gave them a chance to fight. They recorded a huge impressive 3-0 victory against Liverpool shortly before the suspension of the Premier League, so the long break will most likely affect their momentum and we can only see.

See who's back

The resumption of the Premier League will also be good news for those players who believe that their injuries have decided the season.

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho will be one of the biggest beneficiaries, with England striker Harry Kane likely to return to 100%.
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Kane underwent surgery after a hip injury in January, which would normally have ended his involvement in the 2019-20 season, while his Spurs teammate Son, who recently returned from South Korea after completing his national service, he will also be able to show up after his recovery after breaking his arm.
Meanwhile, an ankle injury and related problems have limited Paul Pogba to just eight appearances this season for Manchester United, his last match being on Boxing day, but he is expected to return. Reds striker Marcus Rashford, who has not played since January with a back injury, is also close to a full recovery.
What else awaits us?
In addition to likely winning the title after 30 years of waiting, there are a number of records that Liverpool will hope to break when the season resumes. The Reds need 19 points out of the other 27 to beat Manchester City's 100 points in the 2017-18 season.

Then, of course, is the top scorer in the Premier League.

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy leads with 19 goals, but Pierre-Emerick Obameyang of Arsenal (17), Mohamed Salah (16) of Liverpool, Sergio Agero of Manchester City (16) and Danny Ings (15) of Southampton remain in the scoring for goal scorer of the Premier League.

Is it possible that even Kane with his 11 goals has enough time to grab the prize? We will be able to follow all this after the most watched championship returns on June 17.

Category: Football analyses
Tags: Premier League, Manchester United, Liverpool, Harry Kane, Manchester City, Coronavirus

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