The Premier League is pushing ahead with Project Restart, the plan to get the ball rolling on the 2019/20 season after a 3-month hiatus due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. With this coming Wednesday, June 17th 2020 muted as the return of the league, we have provided a series of info-graphics that provides some key statistics from the season so far. All aboard.
Project Restart: Premier League Gameweek 30
The last time a ball was kicked in the Premier League was on Monday 9th March 2019 with Leicester thumping lowly Aston Villa at home in a 4-0 rout, with Harvey Barnes and Jamie Vardy both netting braces.
It was only two days later on Wednesday 11th March that saw defending champions Liverpool get knocked out of the Champions League at home in a 3-2 extra-time defeat (4-2 overall on aggregate) to Atletico Madrid at Anfield - the last time a mass gathering of fans in a stadium was allowed to happen in a Premier League stadium. Also on the same day, a Premier League game between Man City and Arsenal at The Etihad Stadium was postponed due to coronavirus fears.
Reality began to set with Arsenal Manager, Mikel Arteta, diagnosed with the virus on March 12th after meeting Olympiakos hierarchy during a Europa League outing.
The last English sides to play were Man United and Wolves, with both travelling away from home to empty stadiums on Thursday 12th March 2020 - Wolves drew 1-1 away at Greek giants Olympiakos, whilst United ran out 5-0 winners at Austrian outfit, LASK, in front of just 500 spectators.
In Fantasy Premier League terms, Gameweek 29 was the final round of games before the UK placed itself into a lockdown (in the loosest form possible) due to the realised threat that COVID-19 poses, with a total of 92 games left to play in the Premier League over 9 rounds of fixtures.
In FPL, Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (186 points) was the top player, with Man City's Kevin De Bruyne (178 points) closely behind. Liverpool were mere points from sealing the title, whilst the real grind of attention was cantered on the race for Champions League places, especially as City have been kicked from Europe's elite competition due to breaking financial fair play, as well as Watford's revival, capped by an excellent 3-0 home win over Liverpool, stirring the pot for an interesting relegation battle featuring half a dozen teams.
Since early March, the Premier League has been cautiously been plotting the return of the league and have now pencilled in an ear-marked date for spectators around the world, with two midweek games on Wednesday 17th June 2020 featuring Aston Villa v. Sheffield United and Man City v. Arsenal, the prelude to a full round of games on June 19th and onwards.
The FA Cup also announced that it will run alongside the Premier League, with the competition, currently at the quarter-final stage, announcing the final at Wembley will be played out on Saturday 1st August 2020.
Premier League Statistics: Player Statistics
Enjoy a series of info-graphics that highlight some key stats for players, clubs and in the Fantasy Premier League's return this forthcoming midweek.
Premier League Statistics: Club Statistics
Fantasy Premier League (FPL) Statistics: The Basic Information
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