2019-20 Premier League state of play

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The Premier League season will resume on Thursday (AEST) with 92 games packed into six weeks to confirm the champions, European spots and those that avoid the drop.

The English top flight will resume three months after it was shut down, albeit behind closed doors.

The action will come thick and fast from Thursday (AEST), when Aston Villa welcome Sheffield United before Manchester City host Arsenal.

Provided there is no surge in coronavirus infections, the season will conclude on July 26.

So where exactly do things stand?

LIVERPOOL CHAMPIONS IN ALL BUT NAME

It is easy to overlook but by the sublime standards Liverpool have set this season, they were having a wobble.

A 3-0 defeat by Watford at the end of February dashed their hopes of going through the league season unbeaten.

They then lost to Chelsea in the FA Cup and, in their last game before the lockdown, were beaten at Anfield by Atletico Madrid to bow out of the UEFA Champions League.

Crisis? Hardly.

Juergen Klopp's side are 25 points clear at the top and, if Manchester City lose to Arsenal, they can wrap up their first title since 1990 at, of all places, city rivals Everton next Monday (AEST).

With nine games to play, the Reds also have Premier League records in sight.

They need 19 more points to surpass the record 100 Man City amassed two seasons ago and are on track to shatter the Citizens' record 19-point winning margin.

Six more wins would also surpass City's 32 victories from 2017-18.

THE BATTLE TO FINISH IN THE TOP FOUR

With City banned from Europe next season, pending the outcome of an appeal, the battle for a top-four finish and qualification for the Champions League remains wide open.

Third-placed Leicester City remain well placed while Chelsea and a resurgent Manchester United occupy fourth and fifth spots.

However, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Sheffield United, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and even Burnley and Crystal Palace are within striking range if they can hit form.

THE SURVIVAL BATTLE

Norwich City are bottom, six points from safety, but have shown enough to suggest they are not a lost cause.

Aston Villa, who have played a game less, and Bournemouth occupy the other two relegation places.

Meanwhile, Watford, West Ham United and Brighton & Hove Albion all face a nervous few weeks trying to guarantee their top-flight status.

Source AAP