Our Premier League March Madness results have been as topsy-turvy as the 2019/20 on-field campaign before coronavirus halted it last month.
Yes, the runaway No. 1 seed is alive, but the second, third, fourth, and fifth seeds have been expelled from the tournament within the first two rounds.
Voting in the semifinal round begins Thursday.
[ RESULTS: March Madness Round of 16 ]
Before we go any further, if you’re unfamiliar: To make sure you’re not missing out on either March Madness or the business end of the PL season, we’ve gone ahead and merged the two competitions. The March Madness Final Four and Championship game were due to take place this weekend in Atlanta but now you will be voting on Tottenham v. Arsenal instead of Duke v. Kansas.
Teams are seeded from 1-16 based on their current spot in the table, with Aston Villa winning the relegation playoffs on Monday to remain in the Premier League.
[ LIVE: March Madness PL hub ]
Before we handicap the semifinal matches, let’s take a look at where the field sits after your Wednesday voting.
No. 1 Liverpool v. No. 12 Everton
No. 6 Wolves v. No. 7 Sheffield United
[ VIDEO: Premier League highlights ]
Look, all bets are off for the derby. The Everton faithful has shown up in a big way during voting, dispatching Manchester United and Chelsea.
That’s big time stuff, though Liverpool ended the dreams of our presumptive sleeping giant favorite Arsenal after beating West Ham in the Sweet Sixteen.
The Reds are going to have to not just been upstart Everton but overcome the legions of rival supporters who would happily click the Toffees’ box rather than see Liverpool gain the crown.
The other side of the bracket sees No. 7 Sheffield United looking to continue its surprising run in both the PL season and our voting.
The Blades knocked off Man City, potentially aided by the same phenomenon Everton hopes to see on Thursday.
Now they meet Wolves, who may be riding a crest of North American momentum in the form of affinity for El Tri hero Raul Jimenez.
Our prediction: Everton and Wolves in the Final.