Football Restart Update

Wondering about the latest restart plans for your favourite European football leagues? Read The Punter’s round-up below.

We all can’t wait for our favourite soccer leagues to return to action after the forced Covid-19 break. If all goes well, the next 2 – 3 weeks look promising for football fans.

The Punter’s Soccer Tips are also set to resume as soon as enough quality football fixtures are available, with a target of the weekend 12 – 14 June.

Read on for a quick rundown on the state of play in Europe’s biggest leagues.

English Premier League (EPL) and EFL Championship
EPL standings ahead of restart.

The date of Wednesday, 17th June is the confirmed EPL start date.

Training resumed around 20 May.

EFL Championship teams are on a similar schedule to the EPL, but discussions are still underway with clubs on how to best to finish the season.

League One and Two clubs may resume limited training, but their season could still be cancelled or cut short.

German Bundesliga

The Germans have been up and running for the last couple weekends, with 7 rounds of matches to go before the season ends on 27 June.

Bundesliga standings as at 25 May 2020.
French Ligue 1

The French have cancelled the rest of the Ligue 1 season, with PSG declared Champions.

This has been a controversial decision, with 7th placed Lyon mounting a failed court bid after failing to qualify for European football. Amiens and Toulouse have been relegated.

PSG are French champs are the season is curtailed.
Spanish La Liga

La Liga is set to resume on the weekend of 12 – 14 June.

There are 11 rounds of matches to play, with the season to end on 24 – 26 July. Final fixture dates are still to be confirmed.

La Liga standings going into restart.
Italian Serie A

The Italians are trying to finish their season by no later than 20 August. The new 2020/21 season would then start almost immediately on 31 August.

Clubs have voted for either a 14 June or 20 June restart.

Government has banned all sporting activity until at least 14 June. Teams are awaiting the training go-ahead, and there is still a lot of uncertainty.

There are 12 matchdays to go should the football season proceed.

Portugal Premiera Liga

The Primeira Liga resumes on 30 May.

Nacional and Farense have been promoted to the top flight from the cancelled Segunda Division.

Primeria Liga standings going into restart.
Dutch Eredivisie

The Eeredivisie season has been cancelled with no champions declared, denying log leaders Ajax the title but securing an automatic Champions League spot. AZ Alkmaar will go into the UEFA qualifying rounds.

Feyenoord gets the automatic Europa spot, with PSV and Willem II getting a shot at qualifiers.

Denmark Superliga

The Danes are resuming on May 28th, and aiming to conclude on July 29th with their Europa League playoff fixture.

Austrian Bundesliga

The Austrians resume on 3 June for 8 matchdays in a month ending 5 July.

Scottish Premier League

The SPL season has been cancelled with Celtic declared champions, and Hearts relegated. Points per game up until 13 March was the deciding factor.

The Scottish Championship has done the same, with Dundee United declared champs, and Partick Thistle relegated.

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Belgian Pro League

This league has been cancelled, and Club Brugge have been declared champions. Gent will go into Champions League qualifying, and Sporting Charleroi, Royal Antwerp, and Standard Liege go into Europa.

All sport has been banned in Belgium until 31 July.

UEFA Champions and Europa Leagues

Both European tournaments may yet go ahead.

Details are still be hashed out, but the Finals of both tournaments are currently penciled in for the final week of August.

Various proposals are being discussed on how to complete the knockout rounds.

Liverpool won the UEFA Champions League in 2019.
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The Punter