Okay, MyBookie soccer betting faithful. You’ll be saying, “he shoots and scores” in not time at all thanks to the return of Premier League soccer action! With the league on a pandemic-related hold since March 12, the 2019-20 Premier League season is scheduled to return to the pitch on Wednesday, June 17, with Arsenal FC taking on Manchester City and Aston Villa playing host to Sheffield United later that day. Let’s jump into action so you can place your bets against their Premier League odds.
Soccer Premier League COVID-19 Status & Return Date
Initially planned for June 12, the 2019-20 Premier League season is now confirmed to get underway in less than two weeks with all 20 teams getting back to the business of trying to win this season’s championship trophy. There are 92 matches remaining in total and all games will be held behind closed doors. Players have been back in training since May when strict social distancing guidelines were initially put in place for the league and its players. While matches are currently scheduled to be played at each team’s home stadium as normal, some neutral site venues could feature matches in order to keep social distancing guidelines in place.
A league statement on venues read: “The Premier League’s ambition is to complete all of our remaining fixtures this season home and away, where possible. We are working with our clubs to ensure risks are assessed and minimized, while cooperating with the police at a local and national level. Discussions with the National Police Chiefs’ Council and UK Football Policing Unit have been positive and are continuing. We are prepared for all outcomes and have a neutral-venue contingency.”
When the 2020 campaign resumes, new staggered kick-off times will be used for the remaining matches. Games held on a Friday will kick off at 8pm, while on Saturday matches will be held at 12.30pm, 3pm, 5.30pm and 8pm. Sunday matches will kick off at 12pm, 2pm, 4.30pm and 7pm, with Monday games starting at 8pm. Midweek games on Tuesdays and Wednesday will kick off at either 6pm or 8pm.
All 92 matches will be broadcast live by the Premier League’s partners – Sky Sports, BT Sport, BBC Sport and Amazon Prime. Sky will show 64 games with 25 of the games being made free-to-air, including Everton vs Liverpool on the first full weekend back. BT Sport will show 20 of the games live on their platform.
Premier League Standings
- Liverpool 27-1-1
- Manchester City 18-3-7
- Leicester City 16-5-8
- Chelsea 16-6-9
- Manchester United 12-9-8
League-leading Liverpool has 82 points and a commanding 25-point lead over second place Manchester City, the current, two-time defending champs. Still, there’s a lot to play for as several teams seek to either claim a place in the Premier League standings for next season’s Champions League and Europa League, while others face a tough battle to avoid relegation.
Liverpool is second in goals scored (66), first in fewest goals allowed (21) and first in goal differential. Manchester City has put up a league-high 68 goals while giving up 31 defensively (+37). Third place Leicester City has scored the third most goals (58) while allowing just 28 goals defensively (+30). Fourth place Chelsea has deposited 51 goals into the back of the net while allowing 39 defensively (+12). Fifth place Manchester United has put 30 goals on the board while giving up 25 defensively (+5).
Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy has scored a league-high 19 goals in 26 matches. Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah is third in goals scored with 16 in 26 matches while Manchester City star Sergio Aguero has put 16 goals on the board in just 22 matches.