The Championship is set to return on the 20th of June if the FA gets its way. The league was postponed on the 13th of March in order to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus, but with Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently relaxing the rules on the lockdown, the FA feel that now is the time to get the competition started again.
This will be music to the ears of West Brom and Leeds, the two clubs currently occupying the automatic promotion spots in the league. However, the news may not go down so well at the three bottom clubs, Middlesbrough, Barnsley and Luton.
News that the Championship was set to return follows hot on the heels of news of the Premiership restart plan, which is also looking to get games up and running by early June return.
The prospect of England’s top two leagues being back in action in a matter of weeks will no doubt provide a major boost for football fans in the UK. With most sport cancelled for the foreseeable future, it is no secret that the Conservative government has viewed the return of the professional football as just the Tonic the nation needs.
Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United will no doubt be hoping to clinch the title once the competition restarts. The Yorkshire club were seven points clear of third-placed Fulham with only nine games remaining.
As clear cut as the top two positions look, things get more intriguing as you move down the league. If we take the playoff spots for example, any of 11 teams have a credible chance of making the playoffs, with Fulham, Forest, Brentford and Preston the teams in possession right now.
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