Premier League should crown Liverpool now as final 10 games

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    Heading into Matchday 30 of the 2018-19 Premier League season, things were looking pretty good at Old Trafford. Manchester United hadn't yet lost a league match under their interim manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. They were sitting in fourth place and thanks to a stunning, last-second road victory against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League round of 16, that manager's contract would soon be made permanent. Heck, the most optimistic United fans were probably thinking: If we'd just had OGS since the start of the season, we might be fighting for the title ww88 !

    The upswing, of course, ended there. United immediately lost to Arsenal and ultimately dropped five of their nine remaining games, winning just twice. In fact, only Brighton, Watford and Huddersfield took fewer points from Matchday 30 through the end of the season. United dropped down to sixth place and finished five points back of the fourth and final Champions League spot.

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    A lot can change over the final nine weeks of the season and as of now, according to what sources told ESPN, the Premier League wants the final nine weeks to be played at some point. Amid the devastating uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, no one knows when or how that will happen, but the league has extended the end date of the season indefinitely. As Mark Ogden reported, "... sources have told ESPN that the sporting integrity of the professional game makes it a necessity to finish this season before attentions are turned to the next one w88 casino ."


    Of course, that hasn't stopped a chorus of voices from saying that the 2019-20 season should simply be voided, erased and canceled. Former Arsenal striker-turned-pundit Paul Merson tried a snooker analogy to make his point, albeit without making much sense. England legend Alan Shearer agreed, as did former Man United defender Rio Ferdinand (can't imagine why he feels this way) and West Ham executive Karren Brady. (A quick glance at the table might hint as to why the Hammers would fancy a do-over.)

    However, just because things can change doesn't mean they will. Based on analysis of the past 10 Premier League and Championship seasons conducted by the consultancy 21st Club, it turns out that the current table (aka with 9-10 games left) and the final standings look a lot alike.

    Let's start with the title. No one is catching Liverpool -- and that's been true since last calendar year. Their lead atop the table is the largest... ever. They're competing with history, not any of their contemporaries. But even without such a massive gap between first and second place, most teams that were in first place before Matchday 30 ended up being the teams in first place after Matchday 38, too. Only three of the past 10 title winners weren't in the lead at the league's current pause point: Chelsea in 2014, plus Manchester United in 2010 and 2012 w88 line .


    Dan Thomas is joined by Craig Burley, Shaka Hislop and a host of other guests every day as football plots a path through the coronavirus crisis. Stream on ESPN+ (U.S. only).

    For fun: the managers of the only teams that blew their leads? Jose Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson.

    Surprisingly, the top two in the Championship is an even tighter group. Of the past 20 teams to gain automatic promotion to the Premier League, the only teams that dropped out of the top two after Matchday 30 were Brighton in 2016 and Leeds United last season. However, Leeds were second last year, just two points ahead of third, while this season they're in first, with a seven-point gap separating them from third-place Fulham.
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