With no actual soccer to observe, we at talkSPORT.com have completed the very same as you – turned to Soccer Supervisor!
The coronavirus pandemic has compelled us inside, and seeing everybody hearth up FM20 made us jealous as we proceed to earn a living from home to create good content material in your leisure.
So, we too obtained the hit sport up and operating – however not within the identify of enjoyable, no.
We did it for, hmmm, analysis.
Sure, that’s appropriate; whereas working from house we performed some FM20 within the identify of science, as we simulated the rest of the 2019/20 season to find what would have occurred within the Premier League had COVID-19 not compelled all soccer to be suspended.
This concerned setting a customized begin date so the FM20 season started on the time of the Premier League being suspended in actual life, after which simulating the remainder of the marketing campaign.
We discovered who could be topped champions (no surprises there), who made it into Europe, and which groups suffered the unenviable destiny of relegation.
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Learn beneath to find what occurred…
Who would have guessed it, Liverpool gained the Premier League!
Nonetheless, it took them till April 20 to lastly safe the title as a 1-Zero win at Brighton – courtesy of a Roberto Firmino aim – claimed Liverpool their first league championship in 30 years.
They ended the season with three defeats to their identify, together with the true life 3-Zero loss at Watford, whereas they have been additionally crushed by Everton within the Merseyside derby and closest title rivals Man Metropolis.
These two defeats have been the explanation it took Liverpool till the center of April to get their fingers on silverware.
The primary group relegated from the highest flight have been Norwich, who’re favourites to go down in actual life too.
They solely gained promotion from the Championship final season, however have endured a troublesome marketing campaign with solely two extra wins picked in FM20 on prime of the 5 victories they’ve claimed in 2019/20 thus far.
Norwich’s return to the second tier was confirmed in early Might – however the two different groups becoming a member of them in being relegated weren’t determined till the ultimate day!
It was a close-fought struggle for survival within the ultimate weeks of the simulated season, with Watford and West Ham selecting up very important wins to safe a spot within the 2020/21 Premier League on the penultimate matchday.
Southampton’s ultimate day win moved them onto 40 factors, although a defeat would have been advantageous for Saints given each Brighton and Bournemouth misplaced to stay on 35 factors every, guaranteeing they stayed within the backside three.
Aston Villa, who started the simulation two factors from security,although with a sport in hand, suffered a particularly shut name – guaranteeing their survival by simply ONE level.
Bournemouth’s return to the Championship noticed Eddie Howe sacked as Cherries supervisor – however he was not alone in being axed the day after the top of the season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the Man United boss, was additionally dismissed from his submit after failing to information the Purple Devils to Champions League qualification.
They ended the season in fifth – the identical place by which they started the simulation – falling one level in need of the highest 4.
And look who that’s being linked with the Outdated Trafford hotseat – none apart from ex-Purple Satan Steve Bruce, who is needed by Man United after guiding Newcastle to a 13th place end
One of many different huge winners of the season have been Arsenal.
Underneath the tutelage of Mikel Arteta, the Gunners climbed from ninth to seventh to complete forward of native rivals Tottenham and qualify for the Europa League, because of Man Metropolis lifting the Carabao Cup and FA Cup (once more).
Jose Mourinho was below stress at White Hart Lane all all through the ultimate weeks of the season, however regardless of operating the simulation to the top of June, he was nonetheless, by some means, Spurs supervisor.
We’ll by no means know the way he saved his submit regardless of ending all the way in which down in EIGHTH!
So, there you will have it.
A very dependable and 100 per cent correct* illustration of how the ultimate weeks of the Premier League season have been going to play out had coronavirus not come and wreaked havoc on the world of sport.
*Not fully dependable or 100 per cent correct