After the successful return of Bundesliga, La Liga and Coppa Italia, it is England’s turn to set the ball rolling as the English Premier League ( EPL ) is scheduled to return to action on Wednesday night after a halt of more than three months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Nineteenth-placed Aston Villa are going to host seventh-placed Sheffield United in the first match, which is also going to be the first EPL match without spectators. The second match of the night between Manchester City and Arsenal will be the main attraction though, as the defending champions will throw the kitchen sink at their opponents in order to thwart league leaders Liverpool ’s attempt to clinch the title.
Liverpool resume their EPL journey with the Merseyside derby against Everton on June 21. The Reds are leading the table with 82 points from 29 games and have a 25-point lead over second-placed Manchester City (57 points from 28 matches). Mathematically, Liverpool need to win two more matches to claim the title and finish their long 30-year wait.
Jurgen Klopp’s men will have another record in mind. Apart from securing the league title, Liverpool will be eager to break Manchester City’s record total of 100 points in the 2017-18 season. Considering Liverpool’s superb run of form and a staggering goal difference of +45 (highest this season), it does not seem improbable.
Manchester City’s ban from European competitions for two years has opened up a Champions League berth for the fifth-placed team (assuming Manchester City finish in the top-four). Manchester United are currently fifth in the table with 45 points from 29 games. Wolverhampton and Sheffield United are just two points behind the Red Devils which makes the race for the fourth Champions League berth highly dramatic. It will be nothing less than a miraculous journey if Wolves or Sheffield United ultimately reach the top-flight of European football.
1. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)- 19 goals
2. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)- 17 goals
3. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)- 16 goals
3. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)- 16 goals
1. Nick Pope (Burnley)- 11
2. Dean Henderson (Sheffield United)- 10
2. Allison (Liverpool)- 10
2. Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City)- 10
5. Martin Dubravka (Newcastle United)- 9
Most Number of Goals
1. Manchester City- 68
2. Liverpool- 66
3. Leicester City- 58
Most Premier League title wins
Manchester United- 13
Most consecutive Premier League title wins
Manchester United- 3
Most Premier League wins in a season
Manchester City- 32 (2017-18 and 2018-19)
Most Premier League points in a season
Manchester City- 100 points (2017-18)
Most Premier League goals scored in a season
Manchester City- 106 (2017-18)