Football's winners and losers in every scenario if the season is now cancelled

  • Kat Lucas

While nobody at Premier League headquarters wants to scrap the current season, they may have no choice. 

Clubs will be holding a conference call on Thursday, when they will discuss their options. 

That includes what will happen if the final nine set of fixtures cannot be completed by August 8, when the 2020/21 campaign is supposed to begin. 

There are a few options if the season is cancelled now. Regarding the title, the rest of the Premier League can concede and recognise Liverpool – who have a 25-point lead – as champions. 

Otherwise, it could be heartbreak for Jurgen Klopp’s men who thoroughly deserve their first title of the modern era. 

Yet the likes of Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Norwich could be forgiven for thinking Liverpool’s problems are nothing compared to their worries. 

Surely the Premier League can’t relegate them with nine games to play? Well, that is indeed one of the possible outcomes being talked about. 

Then there is the question of promotion. According to The Athletic, Leeds and West Brom could be entitled to sue for up to £150m in lost earnings if they aren’t allowed to go up. 

So while Liverpool would grab the headlines, here at GIVEMESPORT in an act of solidarity we’ve rounded up all the various winners and losers in every outcome *if* the season is declared null and void. 

Scenario 1: The season is decided on the current standings 



Chelsea would be guaranteed Champions League football next season, when it’s currently touch-and-go. 


Wolves would also make it into the Europa League again, though they might count themselves unlucky if they hold loftier aspirations. 

Leicester City 

Leicester would get to qualify for the Champions League for only the second time in their history. 

West Ham and Watford

Who has been the biggest advocate of scrapping the season? Unsurprisingly, Karren Brady. West Ham and Watford are only clinging to dear life by virtue of goal difference. The whole bottom half is so close that up to seven clubs could benefit. 



But they would be champions, right? Liverpool, in our eyes, would still be robbed of the moment they have waited decades for and which was expected to arrive in the next fortnight. 

Manchester United 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are on a decent run and the momentum is with them as they push for the top four. 

Bournemouth, Aston Villa, Norwich 

If the trio were relegated after just 29 games, legal action would surely follow. 


Leeds have waited 16 years for promotion and for once, it looks like they aren’t going to throw it away. 

West Brom 

West Brom deserve to go up just for the football they’ve played this season, but they are also comfortably in the automatic spots by six points. 

Barnsley, Luton and Charlton 

These are the three teams currently facing the drop down into League One. 

Sheffield United

The Blades have spent the whole season upsetting the odds and have looked genuinely capable of challenging for Europe. Currently seventh, they would be denied that fairytale. 

Scenario 2: Nobody is relegated and 22 teams play in the Premier League next season


Leeds and West Brom

They wouldn’t get the satisfaction of confirming their promotion on the pitch, but Leeds and West Brom would step up to the top flight. 

Bournemouth, Aston Villa, Norwich 

It only seems fair that nobody is demoted, especially because of the huge financial implications. 


Fulham, Brentford, Nottingham Forest and Preston

What would happen to the teams currently occupying the play-off spots? Given that they weren’t ‘guaranteed’ promotion anyway, they could miss out altogether, again suffering a massive financial hit. 

The two extra teams relegated in 2021 

In this scenario, five teams are set to be relegated the year after to balance things up. Two teams are going to be seething next May. 

Scenario 3: European qualification is decided on the 2018/19 standings


Arsenal finished fifth in 2018/19, which due to Manchester City’s two-year Champions League ban (unless it’s overturned), could see them qualify. 


Another rather fortuitous qualification. Tottenham have had a thoroughly miserable season but because they finished fourth last season, they could be back in the Champions League too. Mauricio Pochettino is still working wonders for them after all. 

Scenario 4: Play-offs

It wouldn’t be *fair* exactly, but we’d secretly all love to see it. Serie A are even toying with the idea of a Scudetto play-off. Imagine Liverpool losing out on the basis of one or two games!

It would be utter madness, but that’s what we’re left with the rest of the season potentially in tatters. 

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