The future of the 2019-20 Premier League season is up in the air amid the serious worldwide epidemic that is COVID-19.
Liverpool were just two games away from wrapping up the title in record time before the coronavirus struck, causing postponements of sporting events worldwide.
The FA were among the first to postpone the domestic season, whilst horse racing and rugby league events continued to take place the following weekend.
It was then announced on Tuesday that the 2020 Grand National would be cancelled – the most famous horse racing event across the world had been scheduled to take place on Saturday 4 April.
This came with the announcement that all racing in Great Britain will be suspended until the end of April at least, due to the worldwide epidemic.
Like football, it’s unknown when the racing season will continue but you be sure that at some point it will be back underway. Whilst the FA are doing all they can to get the 2019-20 Premier League season complete, postponement doesn’t have such a huge effect on horse racing.
Once the outbreak is over, horse racing can continue almost as if nothing had happened. With a chance it could return as early as the summer, fans will have something to take interest in and bet on, whereas Euro 2020 has already been postponed for 12 months.
Those who are looking to place bets on horse racing should look at tips for horse racing around the country to understand where the good prices are and which horses to avoid backing.
As for the 2019-20 Premier League season, the FA are still yet to decide what will happen. There have been no suggestions so far that we will rightfully be handed the title if the rest of the season were to be cancelled, or whether the campaign will be voided entirely, as per the want of Everton, Manchester United and several other teams’ supporters.
The FA are doing their best to get the season complete and have been given until the end of June to do so by UEFA. With each team having 9-10 games to go, it’s possible they could be squeeze into a five-week fixture list if necessary. There has also been talk of completing the season behind closed doors, so we can keep our hopes up that the league won’t be voided for the time being.
Voiding the Premier League and other leagues across Europe and the world would simply be a catastrophe for all parties involved. Us being the biggest victims, whilst Leicester City, Leeds Untied and West Bromwich Albion among others, would all suffer greatly too.
We were eliminated from the Champions League shortly before the outbreak, but it appears that Europe’s most prestigious club cup trophy has slim chance of being finished this season, meaning we could remain defending champions for the 2020-21 season.
The FA Cup is at the quarter-final stage, but we have been eliminated from this competition too. One would think the FA will prioritise the Premier League over the cup if given the chance to complete the season, but with so few matches left to play it shouldn’t have much of an impact on the fixture list, provided we can simply get the league running again within the next couple of months.