10,000 Manchester City fans could watch side lift trophy in May

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SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31: Kyle Walker of Manchester City celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Manchester City at Bramall Lane on October 31, 2020 in Sheffield, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Man City heading towards another Premier League title

Much like last season, the battle for the 2020/21 Premier League title has narrowed into something of a one-horse race.

Ahead of their meeting with Fulham late on Saturday evening, Manchester City sit top of the Premier League table, 14 points clear of 2nd place.

Manchester United do have a game in hand on their city rivals, but even if they win that, it seems highly unlikely that the Red Devils will be able to close an 11-point gap in just 10 games.

So, it seems pretty certain that Pep Guardiola and co. will go on to secure their 3rd league title in four years.

Premier League aiming for 10,000 fans to watch trophy presentation

Unlike Liverpool last time out, though, the Citizens may in fact be able to lift the trophy in front of at least some fans.

Under the UK’s current roadmap out of lockdown, 10,000 supporters, or 25 per cent of total capacity – whichever is lower – can return to grounds up and down the country on May 17th, at the earliest.

According to the Mirror, the easing of restrictions as per the current timeframe is dependent on the vaccine roll-out continuing as planned, and new Covid-19 variants not posing a fresh threat.

But regardless, Premier League chief executive Richard Masters is planning for 10,000 fans to be in attendance when the Premier League champions – Man City, presumably – are crowned in May:

“The first step is to see that trophy presented on 23 May, hopefully in front of 10,000 fans, somewhere in this country.”

Masters added:

“Beyond that, it’s full stadia, hopefully from the start of next season.

“We need to unite Premier League clubs around a plan for the future, a lot has happened over the last 12 months, and of course next year is the last year of our current financial programme, so we need to set a clear and secure financial plan for the Premier League, and therefore the rest of the pyramid, for the next three years.

“If we can get all of that done successfully by the end of this year it will be a good year. If you could throw in a successful Champions League win and perhaps even England winning the Euros, that would be even better.”

Quotes via the Mirror.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City FC 29 40 68
2 Manchester United FC 28 23 54
3 Leicester City FC 28 16 53
4 Chelsea FC 29 19 51
5 West Ham United FC 27 11 48
6 Everton FC 27 4 46
7 Tottenham Hotspur FC 27 18 45
8 Liverpool FC 28 11 43
9 Aston Villa FC 27 11 41
10 Arsenal FC 27 7 38
11 Leeds United 28 -3 36
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 28 -9 35
13 Crystal Palace FC 28 -17 34
14 Southampton FC 28 -14 33
15 Burnley FC 28 -16 30
16 Newcastle United FC 28 -17 28
17 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 27 -8 26
18 Fulham FC 28 -11 26
19 West Bromwich Albion 28 -36 18
20 Sheffield United FC 28 -29 14
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 17
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 16
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 16
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 14
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 13
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 12
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 12
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 10
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 10
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 9
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 9
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City FC 9
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 9
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 9
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 9
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 9
Maddison, James Leicester City FC 8
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 8
Soucek, Tomas West Ham United FC 8

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