2019–20 Premier League
|Dates||9 August 2019 – 26 July 2020|
1st Premier League title
19th English title
|Goals scored||881 (2.71 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Jamie Vardy|
|Biggest home win||Manchester City 8–0 Watford|
(21 September 2019)
|Biggest away win||Southampton 0–9 Leicester City|
(25 October 2019)
|Highest scoring||Southampton 0–9 Leicester City|
(25 October 2019)
|Longest winning run||Liverpool|
|Longest unbeaten run||Liverpool|
|Longest winless run||Watford|
|Longest losing run||Bournemouth|
(5 matches each)
Manchester United 1–1 Liverpool
(20 October 2019)
Bournemouth 0–1 Burnley
(21 December 2019)
Not including matches after the suspension of the season as, upon resumption, all games had a 300-person attendance limit for public health reasons.
2020–21 →All statistics correct as of 4 July 2020.
The 2019–20 Premier League is the 28th season of the Premier League, the top English professional football league, since its establishment in 1992. Manchester City were the defending champions for the second successive year, after picking up the domestic treble the previous season. Liverpool won their first league title since 1990, their first of the Premier League era and 19th overall.
The season was halted for over three months, following a decision on 13 March 2020 by the Premier League to suspend the league after a number of players and other club staff became ill due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The initial suspension, until 4 April, was then extended to mid-June. The season recommenced with two matches on 17 June and a full round of matches played over the weekend of 19–22 June.
In 2019–20 the video assistant referee (VAR) review system was introduced. Changes to the laws affecting backpasses, penalties, handballs and substitutions were also introduced in 2019–20.
The Premier League season marked the start of a new three-year TV deal. A key change is that eight matches will be shown on television at 19:45 on Saturdays across the season, broadcast by Sky Sports. Further, Amazon broadcast two rounds of fixtures in December, including the Merseyside derby, marking the first time an entire round of live matches has been broadcast domestically.
With Manchester City and Liverpool achieving 98 and 97 points respectively in the 2018–19 season, many expected another close race for the title. Liverpool started the season in strong form with eight consecutive wins, while City suffered a shock 3–2 defeat to newly promoted Norwich City on 14 September. Liverpool's 3–1 win over City at Anfield in November opened up an 8-point lead at the top of the table and they maintained their lead for the remainder of the season.
On 25 October 2019, Leicester City broke the Premier League record – as well as the all-time English top-flight record – for the largest away league win and equalled the biggest ever Premier League win when they defeated Southampton 9–0 at St Mary's Stadium.
On 12 January 2020, in a 6–1 victory over Aston Villa, Manchester City's Sergio Agüero broke Thierry Henry's Premier League record for most goals scored by an overseas player. In the same match, he also broke the record for most hat-tricks scored by a single player (12), previously held by Alan Shearer.
It was the first Premier League season to have a mid-season break in February. Three games of a normal round of ten were played on the weekend 8–9 February 2020, six games on the following weekend 14–17 February and the tenth game, Manchester City versus West Ham United, was rescheduled from 9 February to 19 February due to Storm Ciara. Games played on the same day had separate time slots such that the games did not overlap.
During the season, Liverpool broke or tied several Premier League all-time records, achieving a record-equalling 18 consecutive wins before being defeated by Watford on 29 February. They have an ongoing record of 23 consecutive home wins, (per 24 June 2020) and hold another ongoing record of a 23-point lead in the table after the same number of matches played.
As a gesture of solidarity following the death of George Floyd, players' names on the back of their shirts were replaced with 'Black Lives Matter' for the first 12 matches of the restarted season. The Premier League also gave their support for any player who chooses to "take a knee" before or during matches.
On 25 June 2020, Manchester City lost 2–1 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, mathematically confirming Liverpool as champions and marking their first league title in thirty years, and their first of the Premier League era. Upon winning the league, Liverpool claimed the unusual achievement of winning the Premier League earlier than any other team by games played (with seven games remaining) and later than any other team by date (the only team to clinch the title in the month of June).
Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic
Since March, the season has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. On 10 March, the match between Manchester City and Arsenal, due to be played the next day after being rescheduled due to City's participation in the 2020 EFL Cup Final, was postponed. A number of Arsenal players had made close contact with Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis, who had tested positive for infection with the coronavirus, when the two teams had met in the Europa League 13 days earlier. It is the first football season in England to be halted since the 1939–40 season was abandoned after only three games following the outbreak of the Second World War.
On 12 March, it was revealed that three Leicester City players were self-isolating. Manchester City also announced that their defender Benjamin Mendy was also self-isolating, after a family member displayed symptoms of the virus. Later in the evening, it was then confirmed that Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta had tested positive for coronavirus. As a result of Arteta's positive test, the match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Arsenal, scheduled for 14 March at the Amex, was postponed. On 13 March, Chelsea announced that their winger Callum Hudson-Odoi had tested positive for coronavirus.
On 13 March, following an emergency meeting between the Premier League, The Football Association (FA), the English Football League and the FA Women's Super League, it was unanimously decided to suspend professional football in England until at least 4 April 2020. On 19 March, the suspension was extended to at least 30 April 2020. At the same time the FA agreed to extend the season indefinitely, past the scheduled end date of 1 June. In April 2020, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, called on Premier League players to take a pay cut during the pandemic. The PFA rejected the call as they felt that a cut for all players would impact the Exchequer with a loss of income tax revenue. Several clubs, including Watford, Southampton and West Ham United, all agreed to defer their wages. Later in April, the Premier League produced a plan, nicknamed "Project Restart", aimed at restarting the league and playing all 92 remaining matches over a six-week period at approved, neutral stadiums. Watford, Aston Villa and Brighton, all near the bottom of the table, were of the opinion that it would be unfair to play the games in such different conditions when at risk of relegation but would be more in favour if the threat of relegation was removed. From 19 May 2020, players were allowed to return to group training in preparation for restarting the league. They were permitted to be in groups of no more than five with all training sessions lasting no longer than 75 minutes for each player. Social distancing rules must be adhered to during the sessions. On 17 and 18 May, a total of 748 players and staff were tested for COVID-19. Six tests proved positive including Adrian Mariappa of Watford and Burnley assistant manager, Ian Woan. Later in May, Aaron Ramsdale of Bournemouth also returned a positive test for the virus.
A number of players, including Manchester City's Raheem Sterling and Sergio Agüero and Aaron Cresswell of West Ham United, voiced concerns relating to the safety of restarting the campaign. Danny Rose of Newcastle United called the decision to restart "a joke". Troy Deeney of Watford said he would not return to training because of fear for his family's health. N'Golo Kanté of Chelsea also missed training with safety concerns. On 27 May, the clubs voted unanimously to resume contact training. Aston Villa's Tyrone Mings said the players had not been consulted regarding restarting the league and that the restart was "financially driven".
On 28 May, clubs agreed that the season would restart on 17 June, with the two games in hand of Manchester City vs Arsenal and Aston Villa vs Sheffield United, with the first full round of fixtures since March to be played on the weekend of 19–21 June. Initially, the remaining fixtures will be played behind closed doors. Part of the plans to restart the league gave permission to BBC Sport to show four live games, the first time the channel had broadcast live Premier League football since the creation of the league in 1992. In addition, free-to-air TV channel Pick (which is owned by Sky) will air 25 of the remaining games. Amazon Prime were also allocated four games to be shown live and without the need for the viewer to be a paying member of the channel.
On 4 June, the Premier League announced that teams would be allowed to name nine substitutes per match, instead of the usual seven, and that teams could use five substitutes per match instead of three.
Aston Villa vs. Sheffield United and Manchester City vs. Arsenal on 17 June were the first games played after the pandemic enforced break.
Financial services company Deloitte estimated that Premier League clubs would face a £1 billion loss of revenue for the 2019–20 season, £500 million being accounted for in rebates to broadcasters and loss of matchday revenue.
Further tests for the virus were carried out on 11 and 12 June. Two unnamed people provided a positive result including one player from Norwich City who would be required to self isolate thereby missing the first fixture of the restarted season. Following these tests there had been 16 positive results from 8,687 tests.
Before the restart of games the Premier League produced a set of guidelines to be followed at all games. They stipulated that all matches must be played behind closed doors, with the number of key people allowed inside the stadium limited to 300. All stadiums are divided into three zones — red (includes pitch and technical areas), amber (stands) and green (stand concourses) — and there are restrictions on who is allowed to enter each. There is staggered entry on to the pitch for players and staff and no handshakes are allowed before kick-off. Deep cleaning of corner flags, goalposts, substitution boards and match balls takes place before and after each fixture as standard. Extra disinfection, such as of the substitution board after it is used, is likely during matches and at half-time. Additional measures include that players and coaching staff must observe social distancing rules when travelling to and from games, and post-match broadcast interviews must take place pitchside with press conferences conducted virtually.
Twenty teams compete in the league – the top seventeen teams from the previous season and the three teams promoted from the Championship. The promoted teams are Norwich City, Sheffield United and Aston Villa. Norwich City and Aston Villa returned to the top flight after absences of three years, while Sheffield United returned after a twelve-year absence. They replaced Cardiff City, Fulham (both teams relegated after one season back in the top flight) and Huddersfield Town (relegated after two years in the top flight). Cardiff City's relegation means that this season is the first without a side from Wales since the 2010–11 season.
Stadiums and locations
- Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.
Personnel and kits
- Bournemouth's main shirt sponsor was M88 until 13 June 2020, when Vitality became the main sponsor for the rest of the season.
- Chelsea's main shirt sponsor was Yokohama Tyres until 1 July 2020, when Three became the main sponsor ahead of the 2020–21 season.
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Position in table||Incoming manager||Date of appointment|
|Brighton & Hove Albion||Chris Hughton||Sacked||13 May 2019||Pre-season||Graham Potter||20 May 2019|
|Chelsea||Maurizio Sarri||Signed by Juventus||16 June 2019||Frank Lampard||4 July 2019|
|Newcastle United||Rafael Benítez||End of contract||30 June 2019||Steve Bruce||17 July 2019|
|Watford||Javi Gracia||Sacked||7 September 2019||20th||Quique Sánchez Flores||7 September 2019|
|Tottenham Hotspur||Mauricio Pochettino||19 November 2019||14th||José Mourinho||20 November 2019|
|Arsenal||Unai Emery||29 November 2019||8th||Mikel Arteta||20 December 2019|
|Watford||Quique Sánchez Flores||1 December 2019||20th||Nigel Pearson||6 December 2019|
|Everton||Marco Silva||5 December 2019||18th||Carlo Ancelotti||21 December 2019|
|West Ham United||Manuel Pellegrini||28 December 2019||17th||David Moyes||29 December 2019|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Liverpool (C, Q)||32||28||2||2||70||25||+45||86||Qualification for the Champions League group stage|
|3||Leicester City||33||17||7||9||63||31||+32||58||Qualification for the Champions League group stage|
|6||Wolverhampton Wanderers||33||13||13||7||45||36||+9||52||Qualification for the Europa League group stage|
|8||Sheffield United||32||12||11||9||33||32||+1||47||Qualification for the Europa League second qualifying round|
|15||Brighton & Hove Albion||33||8||12||13||35||44||−9||36|
|16||West Ham United||32||8||6||18||38||56||−18||30|
|18||Aston Villa||32||7||6||19||36||60||−24||27||Relegation to the EFL Championship|
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) If the champions, relegated teams or qualified teams for UEFA competitions cannot be determined by rules 1 to 3, rules 4.1 to 4.3 are applied – 4.1) Points gained in head to head record between such teams; 4.2) Away goals scored in head to head record between such teams; 4.3) Play-offs
(C) Champion; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.
- Manchester City were banned from all UEFA club competitions for the 2020–21 and 2021–22 seasons by the UEFA Club Financial Control Body on 14 February 2020 due to breaches of the UEFA Financial Fair Play Regulations. The decision was appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on 26 February 2020. That appeal was heard on 8 June 2020. The result will be announced in the first half of July.
- Since the 4 semi-finalists of the FA Cup, are qualified for European competitions by league position, the spot given to the FA Cup winners (Europa League group stage) would be passed to the sixth-placed team and the spot given to the League Cup winners (Europa League second qualifying round) would be passed to the seventh-placed team. If the ban on Manchester City entering European football is upheld, the spots would be passed to the seventh-placed (FA Cup spot) and eighth-placed (EFL Cup spot) teams, respectively.
- Since the winners of the EFL Cup, Manchester City, are banned from European football for next season (subject to an ongoing appeal process at CAS), the spot given to the EFL Cup winners (Europa League second qualifying round) would be passed to the seventh-placed team. As Manchester City would also be stripped of the European place they would currently be guaranteed by league placing, the EFL Cup spot would go to the eighth-placed league team.
- As of 4 July 2020
|1||Jamie Vardy||Leicester City||21|
|5||Sergio Agüero||Manchester City||16|
|6||Raúl Jiménez||Wolverhampton Wanderers||15|
|Anthony Martial||Manchester United|
|Marcus Rashford||Manchester United|
|Harry Kane||Tottenham Hotspur|
|Raheem Sterling||Manchester City|
|Raheem Sterling||Manchester City||West Ham United||5–0 (A)||10 August 2019|
|Teemu Pukki||Norwich City||Newcastle United||3–1 (H)||17 August 2019|
|Tammy Abraham||Chelsea||Wolverhampton Wanderers||5–2 (A)||14 September 2019|
|Bernardo Silva||Manchester City||Watford||8–0 (H)||21 September 2019|
|Ayoze Pérez||Leicester City||Southampton||9–0 (A)||25 October 2019|
|Christian Pulisic||Chelsea||Burnley||4–2 (A)||26 October 2019|
|Sergio Agüero||Manchester City||Aston Villa||6–1 (A)||12 January 2020|
|Anthony Martial||Manchester United||Sheffield United||3–0 (H)||24 June 2020|
|1||Kevin De Bruyne||Manchester City||17|
|3||Son Heung-min||Tottenham Hotspur||9|
|Adama Traoré||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|5||Harvey Barnes||Leicester City||8|
|Riyad Mahrez||Manchester City|
|8||Emi Buendía||Norwich City||7|
|Bernardo Silva||Manchester City|
|David Silva||Manchester City|
|Kasper Schmeichel||Leicester City|
|4||Dean Henderson||Sheffield United||11|
|Rui Patrício||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|7||David de Gea||Manchester United||10|
|Martin Dúbravka||Newcastle United|
|Vicente Guaita||Crystal Palace|
- Most yellow cards: 10
- Most yellow cards: 72
|Month||Manager of the Month||Player of the Month||Goal of the Month||Reference|
|August||Jürgen Klopp||Liverpool||Teemu Pukki||Norwich City||Harvey Barnes||Leicester City|
|September||Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang||Arsenal||Moussa Djenepo||Southampton|
|October||Frank Lampard||Chelsea||Jamie Vardy||Leicester City||Matty Longstaff||Newcastle United|
|November||Jürgen Klopp||Liverpool||Sadio Mané||Liverpool||Kevin De Bruyne||Manchester City|
|December||Trent Alexander-Arnold||Son Heung-min||Tottenham Hotspur|
|January||Sergio Agüero||Manchester City||Alireza Jahanbakhsh||Brighton & Hove Albion|
|February||Sean Dyche||Burnley||Bruno Fernandes||Manchester United||Matěj Vydra||Burnley|
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