Despite empty stadiums, punters still hope to bet unabated before the end of the Premiere League season, but when and how can this actually happen?
The Current Considerations
With a provisions return-to-play date set for June 12th, and the venues still needing to be determined, there is still quibbling by individual teams over the prospect of playing games at neutral sites among
8-10 selected stadiums.
Of more concern is the objections of four team doctors so far to the proposed conditions for so-called Project Restart, which could still lead to a full suspension of the season. The latter outcome would leave punters in the awkward position of accepting current points leader Liverpool as champion, with significant implications for preseason betting placements on the final league champions as well as relegation and promotion.
Considering that Liverpool is up 25 points, they would seem to rightly deserve the title: mathematically speaking, Liverpool is just two wins from a clinch as well, but the season has nonetheless not reached the official completion mark.
One Ridiculed Solution
A reduction in playing time has also been suggested by PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor to get the games in the books, as it were, by reducing the length of playing halves, a suggestion met by derision by other Premier League authorities and luminaries.
The Supporter's Rights Issue
The main problem with games in non-neutral venues is apparently the inevitable swarms of fans who would parade onto the field at games end.
With supporters having waited thirty years, it is understandable that if the season were to resume, many would be vehement that the home crowd should not be deprived of the opportunity to celebrate at their stadium.
Liverpool's Profitable Gain
These are all factors that come into play in whether Liverpool will be crowned Champion, a suggestion which would have some serious ramifications at the parlours: Bet365 had Liverpool winning at 13:5 (3.60), a nifty payout for those punters voting with their hearts, as well as others who played a hunch or went for a “home run pick” to kick off the season.
No matter the decision, hearts, medicine, and common sense are all additional factors which will determine if and when Liverpool punters reap the fruits of their labor in these trying times.