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Premier League March Madness 2020

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We have no doubt you will have missed NCAA March Madness and we’re all missing the 2019-20 Premier League season which is currently suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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We all love tournaments, sport and drama. It’s time to create some of our own.

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.

Below we reveal the seedings and explain how the tournament will work this upcoming week, as you can vote for teams to advance each day right here at ProSoccerTalk and a winner will be crowned on Friday.

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All you have to do is click on the link above to stay up to date with Premier League March Madness. Will #1 seed Liverpool be crowned champions? Or will a darkhorse emerge for their shinning moment?

Let the Madness, begin.


Seedings for Premier League March Madness – 2020

#1 Liverpool
#2 Man City
#3 Leicester
#4 Chelsea
#5 Man United
#6 Wolves
#7 Sheffield United
#8 Tottenham
#9 Arsenal
#10 Burnley
#11 Crystal Palace
#12 Everton
#13 Newcastle
#14 Southampton
#15 Brighton
#16 West Ham

#17 Watford
#18 Bournemouth
#19 Aston Villa
#20 Norwich City


Game schedule for Premier League March Madness – 2020

Monday, April 6 – Relegation playoffs (winner avoids relegation, three losers relegated)
Relegation play-off semifinal: #17 Watford v. #20 Norwich
Relegation play-off semifinal: #18 Bournemouth v. #19 Aston Villa
Relegation play-off final: TBD v. TBD

Tuesday, April 7 – Sweet 16
Game 1: #1 Liverpool v. #16 West Ham
Game 2: #2 Man City v. #15 Brighton
Game 3: #3 Leicester v. #14 Southampton
Game 4: #4 Chelsea v. #13 Newcastle
Game 5: #5 Man United v. #12 Everton
Game 6: #6 Wolves v. #11 Crystal Palace
Game 7: #7 Sheffield United v. #10 Burnley
Game 8: #8 Tottenham v. #9 Arsenal

Wednesday, April 8 – Elite Eight
Game 9: Winner of Game 1 v. Winner of Game 8
Game 10: Winner of Game 2 v. Winner of Game 7
Game 11: Winner of Game 3 v. Winner of Game 6
Game 12: Winner of Game 4 v. Winner of Game 5

Thursday, April 9 – Final Four
Game 13: Winner of Game 9 v. Winner of Game 12
Game 14: Winner of Game 10 v. Winner of Game 11

Friday, April 10 – Championship Game
Game 15: Winner of Game 13 v. Winner of Game 14

What Premier League clubs are doing to help during coronavirus

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All 20 Premier League clubs have stepped up to help their local communities during the coronavirus pandemic, as players, managers and all members of staff are trying do all they can to help.

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As we await the return of the Premier League following its suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic, let’s take a look at some of the more notable things each club have been doing to help out.

Talks are ongoing between Premier League players, the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) and the league as to how best to take a wage cut and/or make further donations to the NHS and other institutions, with players acutely aware that they are in a financial position to step up and support those who support them all season long.


Arsenal
Have promised to pay their casual workers in full until the end of April and will review the situation in the coming weeks. Close to $200,000 given to charities and cars made available to mental health workers. Increased visits from foundation staff to vulnerable people and doubling of educational facilities for children in home school. Club helps with delivering groceries.

Aston Villa
Fresh food donated to local charities and stadium kitchens providing hot meals to vulnerable.

Bournemouth
Free tickets for NHS staff and manager Eddie Howe and leading executives announced they will take huge wage cuts. Players reach out to vulnerable people with phone calls and club helps with delivering groceries.

Brighton and Hove Albion
Free tickets for NHS staff and manager Graham Potter and leading executives announced they will take huge wage cuts. Storage of NHS equipment and using car park for testing.

Burnley
The Clarets have promised to pay all non-matchday and matchday staff in full throughout the crisis. Tickets have been offered to NHS staff and Turf Moor made available to NHS. Helping with foodbank delivery scheme and players make phone calls to vulnerable people in the community.

Chelsea
Hotel at Stamford Bridge offered to NHS to house staff and parking at the stadium offered for nearby hospital workers. First team squad donate funds to foundation to help local community.

Crystal Palace
The Eagles have promised to pay all non-matchday and matchday staff in full throughout the crisis. Wilfried Zaha offers use of his personal apartments to NHS staff.

Everton
The Toffees have said non of their staff will be ‘disadvantaged’ financially by the crisis and casual workers will receive normal pay. Players and manager Carlo Ancelotti have made personal phone calls to vulnerable supporters to check in on them during the coronavirus pandemic.

Leicester City
Stadium car park and other facilities offered to NHS. Staff help stack shelves at local grocery stores and volunteer to help NHS however they can.

Liverpool
A significant donation has been made to St Andrews foodbank in north Liverpool by the first-team players and Liverpool FC Foundation. Andrew Robertson is said to be behind a similar anonymous foodbank donation in his hometown of Glasgow, Scotland. Staff take part in having a virtual cup of tea with elderly people in local community.

Man City
Hospitality areas of stadium offered fo NHS staff training. Along with Man United, the two clubs donate over $125,000 to Manchester food banks. Club makes phone calls to vulnerable people in local community.

Man United
Along with Man City, the two clubs donate over $125,000 to Manchester food banks. Free parking for NHS staff staying at Hotel Football at Old Trafford, Man United’s academy doctor returns to NHS and staff volunteering for NHS. Food provided for local hospitals and phone calls made to vulnerable people. Club will protect earnings of casual workers.

Newcastle United
Stadium car park used by NHS staff and club helping to employ youngsters in NHS/care roles. Urgent food supplies delivered to over 2,000 children.

Norwich City
Over $245,000 donated to local communities in Norfolk after players, coaching staff and club officials donate wages. Staff delivering and collecting food for vulnerable locals.

Sheffield United
NHS using stadium car park, distributing hand sanitizers to local care homes and staff volunteering for NHS.

Southampton
Saints Foundation providing over 1,000 meals per week to vulnerable people in local community, as chefs remain working at St Mary’s Stadium to provide fresh meals. Club medical staff assisting the NHS. Easter soccer schools for children of key workers and helpline launched for vulnerable fans. Prescription delivery service for locals needing medication and video calls to vulnerable young people.

Tottenham Hotspur
Stadium offered to the NHS and used as a storage facility for food banks to help the local communities in north London. Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld donated hundreds of iPad’s so people in hospital due to coronavirus could speak to their family and friends. Jose Mourinho volunteers for Age UK to help with home deliveries of groceries. Club doctor seconded to NHS for three months and supplies donated to local food bank.

Watford
Players, manager and staff make phone calls to older and vulnerable fans, with club staff volunteering to support local hospitals. All club facilities offered to NHS.

West Ham United
Food and toiletries donated to local food banks as captain Mark Noble also makes donation to food bank. Players make phone calls to older and vulnerable West Ham fans.

Wolverhampton Wanderers
Protective equipment donated to City of Wolverhampton and a prescription and grocery delivery service set up for vulnerable people. All food stocks donated to local homeless charity.

Arsenal want season completed ‘to maintain integrity’ of PL

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Arsenal remain in support of finishing the 2019-20 season in order to “to maintain the integrity” of the competition, despite Friday’s unanimous vote that the Premier League cannot resume at the start of May as previously hoped due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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The Gunners, who currently sit ninth in the PL table with 10 games left to play (one more than the majority of clubs around them), were five points back of fifth-place Manchester United for qualification to next season’s UEFA Champions League thanks to Manchester City’s two-year European ban.

In a statement released on Friday, Arsenal reiterated their stance that the current season should be played to completion rather than called to completion at things stand or abandoned altogether.

We are in full support of the objective for all remaining domestic league and cup matches from the 2019-20 season to be played, in order to maintain the integrity of each competition.

We also fully agree with the principle that any return to action will only be with the full backing of government and when medical guidance allows.

The restart date is under constant review as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic develops and we continue to work together with all stakeholders through this very challenging time

Premier League to restart ‘when safe,’ will financially assist lower league clubs

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The Premier League issued a statement Friday morning confirming the league has suspended play indefinitely, returning to action “only…when it is safe and appropriate to do so.”

The statement comes in the wake of a meeting between Premier League leadership and all 20 clubs to discuss various points of interest during the coronavirus shutdown. A date for return has not yet been set, with the league saying amid a fluid situation, “the restart date is under constant review with all stakeholders, as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic develops and we work together through this very challenging time.”

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“The Premier League is working closely with the whole of professional football in this country, as well as with the Government, public agencies and other relevant stakeholders to ensure the game achieves a collaborative solution. With this, there is a combined objective for all remaining domestic league and cup matches to be played, enabling us to maintain the integrity of each competition. However, any return to play will only be with the full support of Government and when medical guidance allows.”

The league also confirmed it will financially assist lower league clubs during the shutdown, committing $153 million towards that will “immediately deal with the impact of falling cash flow.”

“The League unanimously voted to advance funds…to the EFL and National League as it is aware of the severe difficulties clubs throughout the football pyramid are suffering at this time,” the statement read.

The Premier League also announced $24.5 million of aid would be sent to the National Health Service that would go “to support the NHS, communities, families and vulnerable groups during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“The League, clubs, players and managers express huge appreciation for the heroic efforts of NHS staff and all other key workers who are carrying out critical jobs in such difficult circumstances,” the statement read.

Finally, the Premier League announced it will enter into discussions with players about the possibility of “conditional reductions and deferrals amounting to 30 per cent of total annual remuneration.” The league announced it will meet tomorrow to discuss the matter further.

European bodies implore member associations to wait to abandon seasons

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UEFA is speaking up regarding its hope to finish club seasons once the environment is safer.

Sky Sports reports that UEFA has sent a letter to its 55 members associations imploring them not to cancel their competitions early and that they exhaust all options “until the last possibility exists.”

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The letter is signed by UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, European Club Association chairman Andrea Agnelli and European Leagues president Lars-Christer Olsson.

The report comes as the Belgian Super League reportedly prepares to award its league title to Club Brugge on April 15. The league would be the first to see its season abandoned due to the coronavirus pandemic.

From Sky Sports:

“We are confident that football can restart in the months to come – with conditions that will be dictated by public authorities – and believe that any decision of abandoning domestic competitions is, at this stage, premature and not justified.”

Many leagues, such as the Premier League, continue to suspend their seasons indefinitely as they wait for improvements with the coronavirus pandemic.

Although UEFA have relaxed their previous stance that domestic seasons should be finished by June 30, it is looking more likely that the 2019-20 season would need until August or September.