The novel coronavirus or Covid-19 may do something Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham can’t – stop Liverpool from winning the Premier League (at least for the foreseeable future)!
This comes after Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England, said the country should prepare to face disruptions to many normal activities “for quite a long period” and pay a heavy “social cost” for efforts to thwart the virus.
This is something which may please some Manchester United fans who have been jokingly hoping the virus can stop their hated rival from winning its 19th league title!
The jokes flowed after the Red Devils signed Odion Ighalo from China’s Shanghai Greenland Shenhua.
They may just get their wish as the Daily Mail reported Jurgen Klopp’s side have ‘no guarantee’ they would be crowned champions should the season end prematurely.
As it is, Ireland’s Six Nations rugby match against Italy scheduled in Dublin today has already been called off as there have been more than 650 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 17 deaths in Italy.
The league continues this weekend, albeit, two matches short as Manchester City will face Aston Villa in the League Cup final on Monday morning (12.30am).
Liverpool travels to Watford seeking a record 19th (that number again) consecutive league victory.
It shares with Manchester City the record of 18 straight top-flight victories.
The bounce of Watford’s new manager has gone flat. Nigel Pearson gave it hope of escaping relegation by collecting 13 points from his first six games but has since gone six matches without a win.
It lies second from bottom with 24 points, six ahead of Norwich and chances of an upset are about as likely as Malaysia getting a new prime minister.
EPL fixtures (Malaysian time)
Brighton vs Crystal Palace (8.30pm)
Bournemouth vs Chelsea (11pm)
Newcastle vs Burnley (11pm)
West Ham vs Southampton (11pm)
Watford vs Liverpool (1.30am)
Everton vs Manchester United (10pm)
Tottenham vs Wolves (11pm)
League Cup final
Aston Villa vs Manchester City (12.30am)