The Premier League is already proving to be a memorable season, with bookmakers again making both Liverpool and Manchester City the overwhelming favourites. They have been offering a host of different bonuses and offers for the Premier league markets, whilst also covering the highest-rated bookmakers at present.
It is little surprise that both Liverpool and Manchester City are overwhelming favourites for the title, based on their form of recent seasons. But it could yet be an open title race, following a number of surprising results in the early period of the season. From the 5-2 victory of Leicester City away at Manchester City and of course the 7-2 victory for Aston Villa over champions Liverpool.
The main recent news has not been about the action on the pitch however, with the ‘Project Big Picture’ continuing to be the main conversation when it comes to the future of the Premier league. This is something that is being pushed by Manchester United and Liverpool, which would result in a huge revamp of English football and reduce the number of Premier League sides to 18. The proposal has come under much scrutiny, with both the Premier league and FA currently being strongly against these changes being enforced. That means it is unlikely that we are going to see any changes in the near future.
The host of changes that were looking to be enforced are:
- The Premier League to be reduced from 20 teams down to 18
- Only two sides would be automatically relegated from the Premier League, from the current three. Third side from the bottom would then go into a play-off with the third, fourth and fifth-placed sides in the Championship for the final Premier League spot
- The Community Shield would be removed, with reports that the Carabao Cup could also be another to be changed or even removed
- Premier League season to start in August, to enable an additional pre-season
These are just a number of the changes that are looking to be enforced. But this would result in the bigger clubs having even more power than they currently have, which is why this is unlikely to be approved by many of the slower clubs. Preferential votes would also be given to the longest-serving Premier League sides, from Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham and Everton. It will now be interesting to see the future for English football and whether we see changes being made within the near future.
There ends Project Big Picture, then. Minus the support of most Premier League clubs, it was always going to burn.
Statement from the PL: “Premier League clubs agreed that Project Big Picture will not be endorsed by the Premier League, any of its clubs or the FA.”
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) October 14, 2020