The wheels are in motion to return the English Premier League season and finish the remaining games. This will allow for a champion to be crowned, next season’s European places decided, and relegation settled.
Football fans across the UK breathed a sigh of relief when reading of plans for teams to return to training in the coming weeks. Recent reports suggest all top flight clubs could get back to some sort of training – most likely in small groups – by 18 May.
The disrupted 2019/20 season will then be played to a conclusion between 8 June and end of July before UEFA need the schedule clear for their two major finals.
Tottenham must hit the ground running
A few teams have already opened their training facilities, allowing players to return and improve their match sharpness with individual sessions. More clubs are expected to follow in the coming days so, by the end of April, all players will have access to suitable football training facilities, including running machines and gym equipment. Work done now will have an impact on fitness when the whistle sounds to restart the campaign.
With less than 10 games remaining, clubs fighting for position at both ends of the table will be expected to hit the ground running. The pressure will be on Tottenham’s players to rescue their chances of finishing in the top four and securing Champions League football for next season. The London club sit down in eighth place, their stats reading 11 wins and eight draws against 10 defeats.
The lockdown has been particularly tough on Tottenham, the club attracting several negative news stories in the press. As reported by the Daily Mail, Spurs closed their player recruitment department. That means COVID-19 will have a lasting effect on manager Jose Mourinho’s plans. He could be forced to make do with what he has this summer.
Top players to return
Spurs went into the enforced break on a woeful run of form, however. They claimed only one point from a possible nine, losing back-to-back league matches before steading the ship with a hard-fought draw against Burnley in their final league outing on 7 March. With seven points needed to catch Chelsea in fourth, and time running out, the pressure is mounting.
Thankfully, the break would have given an injury hit squad time to recover. One of many key players set to return due to the long break in play is scorer Steven Bergwijn. Other notable names are Harry Kane and Heung-min Son. This will provide a major boost to Mourinho who saw his men fail to hit the net against RB Leipzig in the Champions League.
When football does return, we are set for a frantic finish to the season with organisers working hard to schedule all remaining matches before summer when UEFA plan to hold the Champions League and Europa League finals. That will please sports bettors planning on cashing in on the tight schedule at football betting websites.
Games played in such a short period of time will be great for armchair fans and those eager to beat the bookies. Attractive odds are offered on the Premier League outright markets too. Can Tottenham respond and rally to secure a top four finish this season, denying the likes of Chelsea and Man Utd? Traders don’t think so and have written off Mourinho and co.
A Europa League slot looks a far more likely outcome and that will prove another financial body blow for a team already reeling on the ropes after a tough few rounds.
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