Last Updated: 03/04/20 5:15pm
Who will be missing out on some much-needed points – and who would be up against it – in the last nine games of the season?
Who misses out on a tough run-in and who is cursing their luck if the Premier League’s final nine games are scrapped?
Most pundits, managers and players who have spoken publicly since the coronavirus outbreak have said they want to see this season finished above all else, with some 288 of the 380 Premier League games of 2019/20 already completed – and Liverpool within touching distance of lifting the trophy for the first time.
On Friday, they reiterated that approach and said the aim remains to restart the 19/20 season when it is safe to do so.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin admitted last week the European season would “probably be lost” if the pandemic has not cleared up sufficiently by the end of June for domestic leagues to restart – although he has since said this would be a “last resort”.
Should it come to that, it leaves Premier League bosses with a conundrum – how is the season settled? There has been talk of a larger Bundesliga planned for in Germany next season, with none of this season’s teams relegated but those in the promotion spots in Bundesliga II included in a one-off bumper top flight campaign.
One outcome which has been raised as a possibility, if completing this season’s fixtures proves to be too difficult even if rushed through during the summer, is that of playing only two outstanding games – Manchester City vs Arsenal and Aston Villa vs Sheffield United.
That would leave every team having played 29 games, and could then be used to decide the title, European spots, relegation and position-based prize money. Something similar has…