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The Premier League is back a three month suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic. Below you will find a reminder of the Premier League standings as we get back to business.

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With five matchweeks remaining in the 2019-20 Premier League season, there is plenty to play for up and down the league and the standings are extremely tight.

Liverpool have wrapped up the Premier League in stunning fashion over Man City, with the reigning champions and current second-place side eager to focus on cup competitions.

Three of the top four should stay there unless Leicester City’s form dips considerably, but the race for fourth and fifth should be fierce. We may know whether fifth is a Champions League place after scheduled June 8-10 meetings to hear Man City’s appeal over its European ban.

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With between nine and 10 matches left for everyone and eighth potentially being a Europa League spot, all the teams between fourth and 11th still have European hopes in the balance. That would change should Norwich City or Newcastle win the FA Cup, so call it 13 clubs.

The action is going to come fast and often, with the league putting together a staggered schedule of kickoff times that will make matches even more of an all-weekend affair.

Below are the Premier League standings in full, as we will updated them throughout the remainder of the 2019-20 season.

PREMIER LEAGUE STANDINGS

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Liverpool 33 29 2 2 72 25 47 17-0-0 12-2-2 89
 Manchester City 33 21 3 9 81 34 47 12-2-2 9-1-7 66
 Leicester City 33 17 7 9 63 31 32 10-4-3 7-3-6 58
 Chelsea 33 17 6 10 60 44 16 9-3-5 8-3-5 57
 Manchester United 33 15 10 8 56 33 23 10-5-2 5-5-6 55
 Wolves 33 13 13 7 45 36 9 6-7-4 7-6-3 52
 Arsenal 33 12 13 8 49 41 8 8-5-3 4-8-5 49
 Tottenham Hotspur 33 13 9 11 52 44 8 10-3-4 3-6-7 48
 Sheffield United 33 12 12 9 34 33 1 8-3-5 4-9-4 48
 Burnley 33 13 7 13 37 46 -9 8-3-6 5-4-7 46
 Everton 33 12 8 13 40 48 -8 8-5-3 4-3-10 44
 Newcastle United 33 11 10 12 35 45 -10 6-8-3 5-2-9 43
 Southampton 33 13 4 16 42 55 -13 5-2-10 8-2-6 43
 Crystal Palace 33 11 9 13 28 40 -12 6-4-6 5-5-7 42
 Brighton & Hove Albion 33 8 12 13 35 44 -9 5-6-5 3-6-8 36
 West Ham United 33 8 7 18 40 58 -18 5-3-8 3-4-10 31
 Watford 33 6 10 17 29 52 -23 4-6-6 2-4-11 28

 Aston Villa 33 7 6 20 36 62 -26 5-3-8 2-3-12 27
 Bournemouth 33 7 6 20 32 59 -27 4-5-7 3-1-13 27
 Norwich City 33 5 6 22 25 61 -36 4-3-10 1-3-12 21

Sleepy Liverpool edge past Aston Villa

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Liverpool – Aston Villa wasn’t a classic, but the Reds won for the first time since they were crowned champions to keep their chase for plenty of Premier League records on track.

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Sadio Mane and Curtis Jones scored the goals to give Liverpool a 2-0 win as they have now won 24 consecutive wins at home, with the new Premier League champions winning all 17 of their home games so far this season.

LIVERPOOL – ASTON VILLA: FULL REPLAY

With the win they now have 89 points for the season and with five games to go they can still beat Man City’s record for most wins, points and the biggest winning-margin in Premier League history. Aston Villa remain in deep relegation trouble and are one point from safety with five games left.


Three things we learned

1. Late subs make the difference: Henderson, Wijnaldum and Firmino arrived for the final 30 minutes and made a huge difference as Liverpool struck twice in the final 20 minutes to seal a win. Jurgen Klopp’s side looked a bit disjointed but did what they had to do as they put their defeat at Man City behind them.

2. Solid Villa need more cutting edge: David Luiz, Tyrone Mings and Jack Grealish looked really good and Villa were solid up until Liverpool scored. Defensively they’ve looked better since the restart but they have to find more cutting edge. They face Man United, Crystal Palace, Everton, Arsenal and West Ham in their final five games and it will likely come down to the finale to see if they stay in the Premier League. Villa have to be more attacking in their final games of the season to try and keep themselves up.

3. Records still in sight: Liverpool can get records for the most points, wins and the biggest winning margin in Premier League history and that has to be their aim. This superb season could peter out but Klopp and his side will want to show everybody that the record suggests that are better than Man City in 2017-18 and are the best team we’ve ever seen in the PL. These tight wins all season long have pushed them towards greatness.

Man of the Match

Douglas Luiz – Was everywhere in midfield for Aston Villa and his bite in the tackle set the tone for a dogged display from every single Villa player. They will need more of that from Luiz in the final games of the season to drag themselves out of the bottom three.


A slow start to the match saw Liverpool create a few chances with both Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane eager to get on the ball.

Douglas Luiz had a volley on goal which was straight at Alisson as the game struggled to come to life in the first half with Salah’s weak effort denied by Pepe Reina at the near post.

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In the second half the intensity failed to increase as Grealish had a shot saved by Alisson but the flagged was raised for offside.

Anwar El Ghazi then forced Alisson into a save at his near post as Grealish led a counter attack with Liverpool caught napping.

Liverpool made a triple substitution for the final 30 minutes as Jordan Henderson, Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum came on to try and spark the champions into life.

Virgil van Dijk blocked a shot from Grealish as Villa looked more dangerous but then succumbed to a moment of quality.

Naby Keita picked out Mane at the back post and his finish came off the underside of the bar and in.

Substitute Jones then jumped off the bench and finished off Robertson’s cross after Salah nodded it down into his path. It was Jones’ first Premier League goal and sealed a 24th consecutive home win in the league for the champions.

Grealish went close late on but Alisson saved as Villa really missed a chance to pick up a bonus point in their relegation battle and Liverpool made them pay.

Liverpool – Aston Villa preview: How to watch, stream, prediction, odds

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Liverpool – Aston Villa preview: Liverpool will welcome Aston Villa to Anfield on Sunday with a more urgent perspective on its place in history (Watch live at 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN or online via NBCSports.com).

Liverpool hasn’t gotten its usual return on results for some time. Dating back to the 3-0 loss at Watford on Feb. 29, the Reds are 2W-1D-4L from their last seven outings across all competitions.

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In an odd coincidence, Liverpool won the Premier League during this stretch.

Take the start of that run back another week to the first leg against Atletico Madrid and the Reds have won just three times from nine, beating Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, and West Ham.

Alanis Morrissette screwed up the concept of irony for me forever, but I think that applies here somehow? Maybe?

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Of course all Aston Villa will see is one of the best teams in the world in the first match at Anfield since clinching a first English crown in 30 years and, oh yeah, their last outing was a 4-0 blowout loss to their rivals Man City.

The Villans have 27 points, one point back of 17th place Watford and three fewer than West Ham.

Team news

Liverpool’s Joel Matip is out for the season and Dejan Lovren won’t play Sunday. Xherdan Shaqiri makes the bench and there are starts for Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Divock Origi.

As for Villa, Matt Targett misses out through injury, as do Bjorn Engels, Wesley, and Tom Heaton. Frederic Guilbert is available on the bench after injury, while American prospect Indiana Vassilev is also a sub.

What they’re saying

Jurgen Klopp on not taking a club job post-Liverpool“When it is time, hopefully I am still healthy and I can say … ‘great, I loved it but now I would like to watch other people doing it. So, I hope I find this inner mood to say … ‘see you later, I wish you all the best, best of luck, love you all but don’t call because of any football matters.’ That’s the plan.”

Dean Smith on Villa taking inspiration from other upsets“You saw Brighton win in the last minute against Arsenal and West Ham win in the last minute against Chelsea. It didn’t escape me that West Ham’s stats were pretty similar to ours against Chelsea but they managed to stick the ball in the net a couple of times. We can take great heart from that, knowing you can go and beat these big teams.”

Odds and ends

Villa are tied with Southampton for the second-biggest underdog status in Matchweek 33 (+800). A Liverpool win stands at -315, according to DraftKings.

Villa took Liverpool to the limit at Anfield earlier this year, taking a Trezeguet-inspired lead into the 88th minute only to see Andrew Robertson and Sadio Mane score in the final throes of the match.

Prediction

The Reds record in those nine referenced matches doesn’t match their performances. Liverpool comes out of this one with a 3-1 win.

Transfer news: Grealish to Man City, Balogun to leave Arsenal

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The transfer rumor mill hums along Tuesday with a gossip mainstay dominating the terms.

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Also in the news is an Arsenal teen who has represented both the United States and England at youth international levels.

It’s all going down in the wizarding world of the transfer buzz.

Grealish to Manchester United

Jack Grealish’s agent is busy or there’s news on the horizon.

Or maybe he’s busy buying real estate and people are drawing conclusions.

The 24-year-old Aston Villa star is being linked with moves to both sides of Manchester.

The Express says that Grealish has already found a new place to live and is “edging close” to a move to Old Trafford, though certainly any weird house talk could connect him to any club in Manchester.

Grealish could give United an incredible attack, a clear upgrade from young Daniel James. United has also been said to be chasing Jadon Sancho.

Can you imagine a United attack that incorporates Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Jadon Sancho, and Jack Grealish (let alone young Mason Greenwood and James)? No? Then something will have to give.

Grealish to Manchester City

Pep Guardiola is looking to Grealish to replace Leroy Sane should City sell the wantaway German this summer, says TalkSport.

The biggest question would be whether Grealish, who has plenty of suitors, would choose to spend his prime with a club who could miss up to two years of European football.

There’s a comparison to be made to what Guardiola did with Riyad Mahrez, who was the man at Leicester City albeit with better accolades. Perhaps even with Raheem Sterling, too.

There were certainly be some adjustment to not “being the man,” but Guardiola has plenty of experience with that.

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Balogun leaving Arsenal

There’s been a lot of talk at Arsenal about Bukayo Saka’s future as the winger-turned-left back nears the final year of his contract.

But there’s another talented Gunners teenager with a year left on his deal, one with American connections.

New York-born Folarin Balogun, 18, has represented England and the United States at youth levels, the U.S. at U-18 and England at U-17, U-18, and U-19.

Balogun has 10 goals and four assists in 15 Premier League 2 matches this season. He made the bench for a League Cup blowout of Nottingham Forest but did not make his senior debut.

Arsenal is said to be talking with Balogun about a new deal but some reports say he’ll be leaving the club this summer. If so, he’ll have plenty of suitors. The Gunners have a lot of good young attacking talent but, as we’ve seen with Jadon Sancho at Man City and now Borussia Dortmund, choosing who to let walk is a tightrope walk.

Wolves beat Villa, boost top four dreams

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Wolves beat Aston Villa to boost their top four dreams as Leander Dendoncker’s solitary strike was enough to seal victory in a Midlands derby.

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Wolves are in fifth on 52 points, just two points off fourth-place Chelsea, while Villa are in 19th place on 27 points and haven’t won in the Premier League since January.

With six games to go, Villa are still in touching distance of safety with Watford, West Ham and Bournemouth all around them. Dean Smith’s side are running out of time to safe themselves from relegation and Wolves totally outclassed them at Villa Park.

Wolves – Aston Villa was very one-sided and the hosts struggled throughout.


Three things we learned

1. Wolves in total control: This was as easy a 1-0 win as you’ll see. Wolves had four or five decent chances throughout and took one of them and that was that. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have now won 2-0, 1-0 and 1-0 in their three games after the restart and they’ve done it with minimum fuss. They are just two points off fourth-place Chelsea and remain right in the Champions League battle. Wolves have momentum and are having a superb season.

2. Villa’s attacking woes continue: They’ve scored two goals in their four games since the restart and Villa just haven’ looked dangerous going forward. Jack Grealish saw a lot of the ball but struggled and had their only shot on target of the game, from outside the box in the first half. That sums it up. Davis and Samatta worked hard up top but couldn’t put Wolves’ defense under pressure and Villa are playing games hoping for a draw when they need a win in this situation. They now face Liverpool, Man United, Crystal Palace, Everton, Arsenal and West Ham in the final six games of the season and will they won any of those clashes?

3. Traore off the bench a treasure: Traore has come off the bench in the second half of wins at West Ham and Villa and he’s had the desired impact on both occasions. He was involved in Wolves’ goal and the last thing you want to see if you’re an opposition defender is Traore coming off the bench to run at you.

Man of the Match

Leander Dendoncker – He scored the winner on his return to the team and his midfield runs were dangerous, while he also did so much defensive work to stop Grealish getting on the ball in dangerous areas. Superb all-round display from the Belgian midfielder.


Matt Targett was forced off early through injury as Neil Taylor replaced him, as Wolves grew into the game and create a few decent chances. Joao Moutinho’s clever free kick to the near post was flicked on target by Jimenez by Orjan Nyland saved down low.

Wolves went close again soon after as Matt Doherty smashed a shot into the side-netting, then Jimenez broke free down the right and flashed a ball across the six yard box but Diogo Jota just couldn’t quite get on the end of it.

Jack Grealish had a deflected shot on target which Rui Patricio saved as Villa were solid enough but created very little in attack.

Jimenez then went close again with a dragged effort across goal and Wolves should have been 1-0 up as Nyland made a huge error as the ball slipped out of his hand but Jota could only fire over.

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In the second half Wolves pushed hard to take the lead and the opener came via Dendoncker just after Adama Traore came on. Traore had an immediate impact and found Jimenez.

His ball into the box was kept alive brilliantly by Jonny and Dendoncker swept home into the bottom corner from the edge of the box to make it 1-0.

Dendoncker flicked wide at the back post as Wolves pushed for a second, as Villa left gaps on the break but they never really came close to grabbing an equalizer.