Sunday marks the end of the 2019-20 EPL season and all the 10 matches are going to be played simultaneously across the country.
Looking back on how events unfold in the league throughout the term, our football analyst Ibukun Italoye has come up with the list of five lessons learnt during the campaign.
1. The Unexpected Covid-19 Outbreak Leads To Loss Of Funds
The 2019-20 Premier League season is finally set to come to an end despite the great threat posed by Covid-19 at the course of the campaign.
The pandemic forced the League – and football in general – to observe a three-month break and it looked like the season was going to be brought to an abrupt end.
Luckily, there was a great response from all concerned medical professionals towards tackling the deadly disease which ensures that the league returned albeit behind closed doors.
Though all the clubs successfully completed their 38 games, the negative effect of the pandemic can’t be overlooked.
The excitement that ought to have been created by fans were unavailable.
Clubs were unable to generate income from the sales of tickets which eventually led to pay-cut in players’ salary and dismissal of some backroom staffs.
This season will surely be remembered as one of the most trying times for board members, players, fans and coaching staffs.
2. Less Competition For The League Trophy
Premier League is known for its high competition among title contenders but this season is quite different.
Liverpool were untouchable right from the start of the campaign through to the end.
Leicester City first looked like potential competitors in the race for the title but the Foxes couldn’t maintain their tempo.
Brendan Rodgers men fluffed their chances in so many occasions as they recorded many unexpected defeats including their embarrassing 4-0 defeat to Bournemouth.
It was obvious that the Reds would emerge as the League champions as early as February when they were unbeaten in over 20 matches, 10 points ahead of closest rival Manchester City.
3. Intense Relegation Battle
Like every other season, the relegation battle was intense and we all have to wait till the last game of the season to know who will be heading to the Sky Bet Championship next season.
Though Norwich City, who were promoted to the topflight prior to the start of the season, knew their fate too soon, the remaining two clubs didn’t give up until the final game.
Bournemouth Aston Villa and West Ham United are still not guaranteed of avoiding relegation until the final match of the campaign
4. Highly Contested Top-four Finish
Just as the relegation battle, the race for two Champions League’s qualifying spots is still open to three clubs.
Chelsea, Leicester City and Manchester United are vying for the two spots but we will have to wait till the last game to know who emerge victorious.
5. Sheffield United Are The Surprise Team Of The Season
The Blades got promoted to the Premier League prior to the start of the season and many football pundits and fans couldn’t help but predict one-season spell in the country’s top-flight league.
Surprisingly, Chris Wilder’s men are arguably the most underrated club with high numbers of victories.
They have won 14 games from 37 matches which make them one of the best ten clubs in the League if the season’s table is anything to go by.