League One and Two called off as both Championship and Premier league given green light

Both the Championship and Premier league have now been given the green light to return. The latter will return on June 17th, with Liverpool all but set to land the title. They will follow a similar proven method to the Bundesliga in Germany, with games to be held behind closed doors and without spectators. It is also a very exciting battle for the top four, with Manchester City, Leicester City and Chelsea in the prime position to follow Liverpool through in the top four. This is a market that has continued to prove popular this season amongst punters, with many looking to refer a friend on Paddy Power in order to pick up a bonus to help boost their selection on the market.

The Championship will also now return on the same week as the Premier league, with a resume date of June 20th.. Leeds are currently top of the table and favourites to go on and land the title and return to the top flight. They are also likely to battle it out with West Brom, who are just one point behind them at present with nine games remaining. There is then a six point gap to Fulham in third, so both Leeds and West Brom will be expected to gain automatic promotion.

However, it has not been all positives for English football returning, following improvements being made from the coronavirus pandemic. Both league one and league two have been cancelled, following the vote to end both seasons early. It means that both tables have been settled on points per game, with promotion, relegation and play-off places all remaining the same. It means that Coventry have been crowned champions of league one and Rotherham also follow them through with automatic promotion. It also means that Wycombe replace Peterborough in the play-off places. This decision has led to both Peterborough and Tranmere incensed with the decision to cancel the remainder of the season and we have not heard the end of this.

This brings about similarities to the Ligue one in France, with Monaco furious at the decision to end the season early and the implications it would have on the club, costing them tens of millions.

In league two, Swindon Town are now the champions and both Crewe Alexandra and Plymouth Argyle will follow them through in promotion. There was just a point separating the three sides at the time of cancellation but Swindon had a game in hand on the other two sides.

It truly is a difficult period and any decision made will be positive for some and negative for others. Let’s hope normality returns and we see a successful end to both the Championship and Premier league seasons.