Premier League postponed till April 30, announces FA

Another coronavirus update from the Premier League, who have now announced that the competition will be postponed till at least April 30. The original suspension of the league was till April 3, but with more cases of the epidemic emerging in the United Kingdom and schools being ordered to shut down, it’s now been extended till April 30.

UEFA moving Euro 2020 to 2021 has created some much needed space on the calendar for the domestic leagues, who will now be free to potentially continue the league later on in the summer. The FA’s regulations state that leagues must be completed by June 1 at the latest, but that will be relaxed in the wake of the virus, which appears to be world football’s biggest crisis since World War II.

The FA’s Rules and Regulations state that “the season shall terminate no later than June 1” and “each competition shall, within the limit laid down by The FA, determine the length of its own playing season”.

However, our Board has agreed for this limit to be extended indefinitely for the 2019-20 season in relation to professional football. Additionally, we’ve collectively agreed that the professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than Thursday, April 30

West Ham owned Karren Brady had originally called for this season of the league to be declared “null and void”, but that seems unlikely given that such a decision will need a majority of the clubs to agree on it. Liverpool are verge of their first ever league title while the likes of Sheffield United could potentially be in the Champions League next season if they finish in the top five and Man City’s European suspension is overheld by the Court for Arbitration in Sport.

The Hammers are currently 16th in the league table, but are only out of the relegation zone on goal difference. Despite some encouraging performances in the recent past, they haven’t quite been able to get the points to justify that effort. A look at the club’s remaining fixtures shows they remain real candidates for the drop at this stage of the season in the eyes of and other sites.


West Ham’s remaining league fixtures

v Wolves (home)
v Tottenham (away)
v Chelsea (home)
v Newcastle (away)
v Burnley (home)
v Norwich (away)
v Watford (home)
v Man Utd (away)
V Villa (home)

Watford, Villa and Norwich are themselves fighting to stay up, which means they are no gimme’s in terms of points. Wolves, Spurs, Chelsea and United are all teams comfortably above the Hammers in the league standings, and all very much in the race for Europe next season. A good end to the season could even see Sean Dyche’s Burnley challenge for Europe. West Ham did the double over Newcastle in the 18/19 season, but lost 3-2 to them at home in November. Nevertheless, the Magpies seem safe, and might not have much to play for at the end of the season, which makes them slightly easier opposition.

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