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Football Manager Has Simulated A 22-Team 2020/2021 Premier League Season

Football Manager Has Simulated A 22-Team 2020/2021 Premier League Season

Football Manager has predicted what a 2020/2021 season would look like if it involved 22 teams rather than the traditional 20.

The football season is currently at a standstill due to the Covid-19/coronavirus outbreak and fans are unsure on the fate of this campaign.

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One mooted idea has been to promote the top two in the Championship and not relegate anyone from England's top flight.

Squawka have put the theory to the test and added Leeds United and West Brom to the Premier League with surprising results.

How Football Manager's simulation sees a 22-team season ending. (Image Credit: Squawka)
How Football Manager's simulation sees a 22-team season ending. (Image Credit: Squawka)

The table is good reading for Arsenal fans and manager Mikel Arteta.

The Gunners were ninth in the Premier League table before the league's suspension but next season they're slated to be Premier League champions.

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Arteta would narrowly beat out mentor Pep Guardiola's Manchester City by one point, securing the league with 99 points compared to City's 98.

Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool would fill out the rest of the Champions League spots while Manchester United and Chelsea miss out.

In terms of the relegation battle, Leeds and West Brom escape the drop despite there being four relegation spots.

Marcelo Bielsa in the Premier League would be box office. (Image Credit: PA)
Marcelo Bielsa in the Premier League would be box office. (Image Credit: PA)

Sheffield United are rock bottom of the table which seems unlikely given their push for European football this season.

They're joined in the relegation zone by Crystal Palace, West Ham United and Southampton.

It's unlikely that we see a 22-team league but if it did occur it would be the first time in 25 years.

The EFL announced on Monday that they're yet to make a decision on how the season finishes but will provide an update following a board meeting this week.

A statement read: "It is with that in the forefront of the League's mind that it notes the intense speculation that has appeared across the local, national and international media over the weekend.

"Whilst the League and its board understand there is a strong desire from both the media and general public to understand what may happen next, there have, at this current time, been no decisions taken.

Image Credit: PA
Image Credit: PA

"The League also feels it inappropriate to respond to the many hypothetical solutions being suggested whilst the many unknowns remain. Given the fast paced environment and parameters we are currently working within, it is simply not practical to give a running commentary on what may happen.

"In the immediate short term we will continue with our contingency planning to deal with the implications the outbreak of Covid-19 has presented the EFL and its clubs, in addition to liaising with the government, health authorities and football partners.

"A further update will be given once the EFL board has met this week."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Football News, Football Manager, Football, Premier League, West Brom, Leeds United, Arsenal

Daniel Marland

Daniel is a freelance journalist for SPORTbible and covers a variety of sports. He also has past experience of working at Manchester United and once locked eyes with Jose Mourinho. He lived to tell the tale.

 

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