|Dates||9 August 2019 – 26 July 2020|
1st Premier League title
19th English title
|Continental cup qualifiers|
|Champions League|| Liverpool|
|Europa League|| Leicester City|
|Average||(2.72 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Jamie Vardy (23 goals)|
|Biggest home win|| Man City 8–0 Watford|
(21 September 2019)
|Biggest away win|| Southampton 0–9 Leicester City|
(25 October 2019)
|Highest scoring|| Southampton 0–9 Leicester City|
(25 October 2019)
The 2019–20 Premier League was the 28th season of the Premier League, the top English professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1992. Manchester City were the defending champions for the second successive year.
The season was halted for over three months, following a decision on 13 March 2020 by the Premier League to suspend the league after a number of players and other club staff became ill due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The initial suspension; until 4 April, was then extended to mid June. The season recommenced with two matches on 17 June and a full round of matches played over the weekend of 19–22 June.
It was the first Premier League season to have a mid-season break in February. Three games of a normal round of ten were played on the weekend 8–9 February 2020, six games on the following weekend 14–17 February 2020 and the tenth game, Manchester City versus West Ham, was rescheduled from 9 February 2020 to 19 February 2020 due to Storm Ciara. Games played on the same day had separate time slots such that the games did not overlap.
In 2019–20 the video assistant referee (VAR) review system was introduced. Changes to the rules affecting backpasses, penalties, handballs and substitutions were also introduced in 2019–20.
The Premier League season marks the start of a new three year TV deal. Eight matches will be shown on television at 19:45 on Saturday nights, broadcast by Sky Sports. Amazon Prime will broadcast two full rounds of fixtures in December and which will mark the first time an entire round of live matches have been broadcast domestically.
On 25 October 2019, Leicester City broke the Premier League record – as well as the all-time English top-flight record – for the largest away league win and equalled the biggest ever Premier League win when they defeated Southampton 9–0 at St Mary's Stadium.
On 12 January 2020, in a 6–1 victory over Aston Villa, Manchester City's Sergio Agüero broke Thierry Henry's Premier League record for most goals scored by an overseas player. In the same match, he also broke the record for most hat-tricks scored by a single player (12).
During this season, Liverpool broke or tied several Premier League all-time records, achieving a record-equalling 18 consecutive wins before being defeated by Watford on 29 February. They have an ongoing record of 22 consecutive home wins, and a record 22-point lead in the table after the same number of matches played (all records ongoing, as of 7 March 2020).
A group of clubs, led by Liverpool, will argue against paying a £330m rebate to Sky and other broadcasters at a meeting to discuss the matter on 11 June, despite the Premier League’s recommendation that it should be accepted.
As a gesture of solidarity following the death of George Floyd, players' names on the back of their shirts will be replaced with 'Black Lives Matter' for the first 12 matches of the restarted season. The Premier League also gave their support for any player who chooses to 'take a knee' before or during matches.
On 25 June 2020, Manchester City lost 2–1 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, mathematically confirming Liverpool as champions and marking their first league title in thirty years, and their first of the Premier League era. Upon winning the league, Liverpool claimed the unusual achievement of winning the Premier League earlier than any other team by games played (with seven games remaining) and later than any other team by date (the only team to clinch the title in the month of June).
On 11 July 2020, Norwich City became the first team to be relegated to the Championship after a 4–0 defeat at home to West Ham United with three games remaining. On 26 July 2020, despite winning 3–1 away to Everton, Bournemouth were relegated to the Championship on the final match day. This was coupled with Aston Villa's 1–1 draw against West Ham United, ensuring Aston Villa safety in the Premier League for another season. Watford were the final team to be relegated to the Championship after a 3–2 away to Arsenal on the same day. Coincidentally, the three relegated teams were the same teams promoted to the Premier League for the 2015–16 season.
Since March, the season has been affected by the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. On 10 March, the match between Manchester City and Arsenal, due to be played the next day, was postponed after a number of Arsenal players made close contact with Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis, who had tested positive for infection with the coronavirus, when the two teams had met in the Europa League 13 days earlier.
On 12 March, it was revealed that three Leicester City players were self-isolating. Manchester City also announced that their defender Benjamin Mendy was also self-isolating, after a family member displayed symptoms of the virus. Later in the evening, it was then confirmed that Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta had tested positive for coronavirus. As a result of Arteta’s positive test, the match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Arsenal, scheduled for 14 March at the Amex, was postponed. On 13 March, Chelsea announced that their winger Callum Hudson-Odoi had tested positive for coronavirus.
On 13 March, following an emergency meeting between the Premier League, The Football Association (FA), the English Football League and the FA Women's Super League, it was unanimously decided to suspend professional football in England until at least 4 April 2020. On 19 March, the suspension was extended to at least 30 April 2020. At the same time the FA agreed to extend the season indefinitely, past the scheduled end date of 1 June. In April 2020, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, called on Premier League players to take a pay cut during the pandemic. The PFA rejected the call as they felt that a cut for all players would impact the Exchequer with a loss of income tax revenue. Several clubs, including Watford, Southampton and West Ham United, all agreed to defer their wages. Later in April, the Premier League produced a plan, nicknamed "Project Restart", aimed at restarting the league and playing all 92 remaining matches over a six-week period at approved, neutral stadiums. Watford, Aston Villa and Brighton, all near the bottom of the table, were of the opinion that it would be unfair to play the games in such different conditions when at risk of relegation but would be more in favour if the threat of relegation was removed. From 19 May 2020, players were allowed to return to group training in preparation for restarting the league. They were permitted to be in groups of no more than five with all training sessions lasting no longer than 75 minutes for each player. Social distancing rules must be adhered to during the sessions. On 17 and 18 May, a total of 748 players and staff were tested for COVID-19. Six tests proved positive including Adrian Mariappa of Watford and Burnley assistant manager, Ian Woan. Later in May, Aaron Ramsdale of Bournemouth also returned a positive test for the virus.
A number of players, including Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling and Sergio Agüero and Aaron Cresswell of West Ham United, voiced concerns relating to the safety of restarting the campaign. Danny Rose of Newcastle United called the decision to restart "a joke". Troy Deeney of Watford said he would not return to training because of fear for his family’s health. N'Golo Kanté of Chelsea also missed training with safety concerns. On 27 May, the clubs voted unanimously to resume contact training. Aston Villa's Tyrone Mings said the players had not been consulted regarding restarting the league and that the restart was "financially driven".
On 28 May, clubs agreed that the season would restart on 17 June, with the two games in hand of Manchester City vs Arsenal and Aston Villa vs Sheffield United, with the first full round of fixtures since March to be played on the weekend of 19–21 June. Initially, the remaining fixtures will be played behind closed doors. Part of the plans to restart the league gave permission to BBC Sport to show four live games, the first time the channel had broadcast live Premier League football since the creation of the league in 1992. In addition, free-to-air TV channel Pick (which is owned by Sky) will air 25 of the remaining games. Amazon Prime were also allocated four games to be shown live and without the need for the viewer to be a paying member of the channel.
On 4 June, the Premier League announced that teams would be allowed to name nine substitutes per match, instead of the usual seven, and that teams could use five substitutes per match instead of three.
Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal on 17 June and the full match round that follows from 19 June will constitute the first full Gameweek.
Financial services company Deloitte estimated that Premier League clubs would face a £1 billion loss of revenue for the 2019-20 season, £500 million being accounted for in rebates to broadcasters and loss of matchday revenue.
Further tests for the virus were carried out on 11 and 12 June. Two unnamed people provided a positive result including one player from Norwich City who would be required to self isolate thereby missing the first fixture of the restarted season. Following these tests there had been 16 positive results from 8,687 tests.
Before the restart of games the Premier League produced a set of guidelines to be followed at all games. They stipulated that all matches must be played behind closed doors, with the number of key people allowed inside the stadium limited to 300. All stadiums are divided into three zones — red (includes pitch and technical areas), amber (stands) and green (stand concourses) — and there are restrictions on who is allowed to enter each. There is staggered entry on to the pitch for players and staff and no handshakes are allowed before kick-off. Deep cleaning of corner flags, goalposts, substitution boards and match balls takes place before and after each fixture as standard. Extra disinfection, such as of the substitution board after it is used, is likely during matches and at half-time. Additional measures include that players and coaching staff must observe social distancing rules when travelling to and from games, and post-match broadcast interviews must take place pitchside with press conferences conducted virtually.
Twenty teams compete in the league – the top seventeen teams from the previous season and the three teams promoted from the Championship. The teams promoted to the league are Norwich City, Sheffield United, and Aston Villa, who will return to the league after absences of three, twelve, and three years respectively. They replace Cardiff City, Fulham, and Huddersfield Town, who were relegated after one, one, and two seasons in the top flight respectively. Cardiff City's relegation means that this season will be the first without a side from Wales since the 2010–11 season.
Stadiums and locations
- Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.
Personnel and kits
|Team||Manager||Captain||Kit manufacturer||Shirt sponsor (chest)||Shirt sponsor (sleeve)|
|Arsenal||Mikel Arteta||Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang||Adidas||Fly Emirates||Visit Rwanda|
|Aston Villa||Dean Smith||Jack Grealish||Kappa||W88||BR88|
|Bournemouth||Eddie Howe||Simon Francis||Umbro||M88|
|Brighton & Hove Albion||Graham Potter||Lewis Dunk||Nike||American Express||JD|
|Burnley||Sean Dyche||Ben Mee||Umbro||LoveBet|
|Chelsea||Frank Lampard||César Azpilicueta||Nike||Yokohama Tyres||Hyundai|
|Crystal Palace||Roy Hodgson||Luka Milivojević||Puma||ManBetX||Dongqiudi|
|Everton||Carlo Ancelotti||Séamus Coleman||Umbro||SportPesa||Angry Birds|
|Leicester City||Brendan Rodgers||Wes Morgan||Adidas||King Power||Bia Saigon|
|Liverpool||Jürgen Klopp||Jordan Henderson||New Balance||Standard Chartered||Western Union|
|Manchester City||Pep Guardiola||David Silva||Puma||Etihad Airways||Nexen Tire|
|Manchester United||Ole Gunnar Solskjær||Harry Maguire||Adidas||Chevrolet||Kohler|
|Newcastle United||Steve Bruce||Jamaal Lascelles||Puma||Fun88||StormGain|
|Norwich City||Daniel Farke||Grant Hanley||Erreà||Dafabet||Best Fiends|
|Sheffield United||Chris Wilder||Billy Sharp||Adidas||Union Standard Group|
|Southampton||Ralph Hasenhüttl||Pierre-Emile Højbjerg||Under Armour||LD Sports||Virgin Media|
|Tottenham Hotspur||José Mourinho||Hugo Lloris||Nike||AIA||–|
|Watford||Nigel Pearson||Troy Deeney||Adidas||Sportsbet.io||Bitcoin|
|West Ham United||David Moyes||Mark Noble||Umbro||Betway||Basset & Gold|
|Wolverhampton Wanderers||Nuno Espírito Santo||Conor Coady||Adidas||ManBetX||CoinDeal|
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Position in table||Incoming manager||Date of appointment|
|Brighton & Hove Albion||Chris Hughton||Sacked||13 May 2019||Pre-season||Graham Potter||20 May 2019|
|Chelsea||Maurizio Sarri||Signed by Juventus||16 June 2019||Frank Lampard||4 July 2019|
|Newcastle United||Rafael Benítez||End of contract||30 June 2019||Steve Bruce||17 July 2019|
|Watford||Javi Gracia||Sacked||7 September 2019||20th||Quique Sánchez Flores||7 September 2019|
|Tottenham Hotspur||Mauricio Pochettino||19 November 2019||14th||José Mourinho||20 November 2019|
|Arsenal||Unai Emery||29 November 2019||8th||Mikel Arteta||20 December 2019|
|Watford||Quique Sánchez Flores||1 December 2019||20th||Nigel Pearson||6 December 2019|
|Everton||Marco Silva||5 December 2019||18th||Carlo Ancelotti||21 December 2019|
|West Ham United||Manuel Pellegrini||28 December 2019||17th||David Moyes||29 December 2019|
|Watford||Nigel Pearson||19 July 2020||17th||Hayden Mullins (interim)||19 July 2020|
|1||Liverpool (C)||38||32||3||3||85||33||+52||99||Qualification for the Champions League group stage|
|5||Leicester City||38||18||8||12||67||41||+26||62||Qualification for the Europa League group stage|
|6||Tottenham Hotspur||38||16||11||11||61||47||+14||59||Qualification for the Europa League second qualifying round|
|8||Arsenal||38||14||14||10||56||48||+8||56||Qualification for the Europa League group stage|
|15||Brighton & Hove Albion||38||9||14||15||39||54||−15||41|
|16||West Ham United||38||10||9||19||49||62||−13||39|
|18||Bournemouth (R)||38||9||7||22||40||65||−25||34||Relegation to|
|20||Norwich City (R)||38||5||6||27||26||75||−49||21|
Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round; (Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament
a. Manchester City were initially banned from all UEFA club competitions for the 2020–21 and 2021–22 seasons by the UEFA Club Financial Control Body on 14 February 2020 due to alleged breaches of the UEFA Financial Fair Play Regulations. The decision was appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on 26 February 2020. That appeal was heard on 8 June 2020. The appeal was upheld on 13 July 2020, and the ban was overturned.
b. Since the winners of the 2019–20 EFL Cup, Manchester City, have qualified for the Champions League group stage by league position, the spot given to the EFL Cup winners (Europa League second qualifying round) is passed down to the sixth-placed team.
|Home \ Away||ARS||AST||BOU||BHA||BUR||CHE||CRY||EVE||LEI||LIV||MNC||MNU||NEW||NWC||SHU||SOT||TOT||WAT||WHU||WOL|
|Brighton & Hove Albion||2–1||1–1||2–0||1–1||1–1||0–1||3–2||0–2||1–3||0–5||0–3||0–0||2–0||0–1||0–2||3–0||1–1||1–1||2–2|
|West Ham United||1–3||1–1||4–0||3–3||0–1||3–2||1–2||1–1||1–2||0–2||0–5||2–0||2–3||2–0||1–1||3–1||2–3||3–1||0–2|
Source: BBC Sport
1The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
|1||Jamie Vardy||Leicester City||23|
|4||Raheem Sterling||Manchester City||20|
|6||Harry Kane||Tottenham Hotspur||18|
|8||Raúl Jiménez||Wolverhampton Wanderers||17|
|Anthony Martial||Manchester United|
|Marcus Rashford||Manchester United|
|Raheem Sterling||Manchester City||West Ham United||5–0 (A)||10 August 2019|
|Teemu Pukki||Norwich City||Newcastle United||3–1 (H)||17 August 2019|
|Tammy Abraham||Chelsea||Wolverhampton Wanderers||5–2 (A)||14 September 2019|
|Bernardo Silva||Manchester City||Watford||8–0 (H)||21 September 2019|
|Ayoze Pérez||Leicester City||Southampton||9–0 (A)||25 October 2019|
|Christian Pulisic||Chelsea||Burnley||4–2 (A)||26 October 2019|
|Sergio Agüero||Manchester City||Aston Villa||6–1 (A)||12 January 2020|
|Anthony Martial||Manchester United||Sheffield United||3–0 (H)||24 June 2020|
|Michail Antonio4||West Ham United||Norwich City||4–0 (A)||11 July 2020|
|Raheem Sterling||Manchester City||Brighton & Hove Albion||5–0 (A)||11 July 2020|
4 Player scored 4 goals
(H) – Home team
(A) – Away team
|1||Kevin De Bruyne||Manchester City||20|
|David Silva||Manchester City|
|Son Heung-min||Tottenham Hotspur|
|7||Riyad Mahrez||Manchester City||9|
|Adama Traoré||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|9||Harvey Barnes||Leicester City||8|
|David de Gea||Manchester United|
|Dean Henderson||Sheffield United|
|Rui Patrício||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|Kasper Schmeichel||Leicester City|
|8||Martin Dúbravka||Newcastle United||11|
|9||Vicente Guaita||Crystal Palace||10|
|Mathew Ryan||Brighton & Hove Albion|
- Most yellow cards: 12
- Luka Milivojević (Crystal Palace)
- Most yellow cards: 86
- Most red cards: 5
|Month||Manager of the Month||Player of the Month||Goal of the Month|
|August||Jürgen Klopp||Liverpool||Teemu Pukki||Norwich City||Harvey Barnes||Leicester City|
|September||Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang||Arsenal||Moussa Djenepo||Southampton|
|October||Frank Lampard||Chelsea||Jamie Vardy||Leicester City||Matty Longstaff||Newcastle United|
|November||Jürgen Klopp||Liverpool||Sadio Mané||Liverpool||Kevin De Bruyne||Manchester City|
|December||Trent Alexander-Arnold||Son Heung-min||Tottenham Hotspur|
|January||Sergio Agüero||Manchester City||Alireza Jahanbakhsh||Brighton & Hove Albion|
|February||Sean Dyche||Burnley||Bruno Fernandes||Manchester United||Matěj Vydra||Burnley|
|June||Nuno Espírito Santo||Wolverhampton Wanderers||Bruno Fernandes||Manchester United|
|Premier League 2019–20|
Arsenal · Aston Villa · Bournemouth · Brighton & Hove Albion · Burnley · Chelsea · Crystal Palace · Everton · Leicester City · Liverpool · Manchester City · Manchester United · Newcastle United · Norwich City · Sheffield United · Southampton · Tottenham Hotspur · Watford · West Ham United · Wolverhampton Wanderers
|Premier League seasons|
1992-93 · 1993-94 · 1994-95 · 1995-96 · 1996-97 · 1997-98 · 1998-99 · 1999-00 · 2000-01 · 2001-02 · 2002-03 · 2003-04 · 2004-05 · 2005-06 · 2006-07 · 2007-08 · 2008-09 · 2009-10 · 2010-11 · 2011-12 · 2012-13 · 2013-14 · 2014-15 · 2015-16 · 2016-17 · 2017-18 · 2018-19 · 2019-20 · 2020-21 ·
|Premier League match days 2019-20|
Match day | 1Match day | 2Match day | 3Match day | 4Match day | 5Match day | 6Match day | 7Match day | 8Match day | 9Match day 10 | Match day 11 | Match day 12 | Match day 13 | Match day 14 | Match day 15 | Match day 16 | Match day 17 | Match day 18 | Match day 19 | Match day 20 | Match day 21 | Match day 22 | Match day 23 | Match day 24 | Match day 25 | Match day 26 | Match day 27 | Match day 28 | Match day 29 | Match day 30 | Match day 31 | Match day 32 | Match day 33 | Match day 34 | Match day 35 | Match day 36 | Match day 37 | Match day 38
|Premier League 2019–20 Weekly Matches|
|Liverpool v Norwich City · West Ham United v Manchester City · AFC Bournemouth v Sheffield United · Burnley v Southampton · Crystal Palace v Everton · Leicester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers · Watford v Brighton & Hove Albion · Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa · Newcastle United v Arsenal · Manchester United v Chelsea|
|Arsenal v Burnley · Aston Villa v AFC Bournemouth · Brighton & Hove Albion v West Ham United · Chelsea v Leicester City · Everton v Watford · Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur · Norwich City v Newcastle United · Sheffield United v Crystal Palace · Southampton v Liverpool · Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United|
|Aston Villa v Everton · Norwich City v Chelsea · Brighton & Hove Albion v Southampton · Manchester United v Crystal Palace · Sheffield United v Leicester City · Watford v West Ham United · Wolverhampton Wanderers v Burnley · Liverpool v Arsenal · Bournemouth v Manchester City · Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United|
|Southampton v Manchester United · Chelsea v Sheffield United · Crystal Palace v Aston Villa · Leicester City v AFC Bournemouth · Manchester City v Brighton & Hove Albion · Newcastle United v Watford · West Ham United v Norwich City · Burnley v Liverpool · Everton v Wolverhampton Wanderers · Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur|
|Liverpool v Newcastle United · Brighton & Hove Albion v Burnley · Manchester United v Leicester City · Sheffield United v Southampton · Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace · Wolverhampton Wanderers v Chelsea · Norwich City v Manchester City · AFC Bournemouth v Everton · Watford v Arsenal · Aston Villa v West Ham United|
|Southampton v AFC Bournemouth · Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur · Burnley v Norwich City · Everton v Sheffield United · Manchester City v Watford · Newcastle United v Brighton & Hove Albion · Crystal Palace v Wolverhampton Wanderers · West Ham United v Manchester United · Arsenal v Aston Villa · Chelsea v Liverpool|
Arsenal v Norwich City · Bournemouth v Newcastle United · Everton v Leicester City · West Ham United v Chelsea · Sheffield United v Tottenham Hotspur · Manchester City v Liverpool · Norwich City v Brighton & Hove Albion · Leicester City v Crystal Palace · Manchester United v Bournemouth · Wolverhampton Wanderers v Arsenal · Chelsea v Watford · Burnley v Sheffield United · Newcastle United v West Ham United · Liverpool v Aston Villa · Southampton v Manchester City · Tottenham Hotspur v Everton
Crystal Palace v Chelsea · Watford v Norwich City · Arsenal v Leicester City · Manchester City v Newcastle United · Sheffield United v Wolverhampton Wanderers · West Ham United v Burnley · Brighton & Hove Albion v Liverpool · Bournemouth v Tottenham Hotspur · Everton v Southampton · Aston Villa v Manchester United
Norwich City v West Ham United · Watford v Newcastle United · Liverpool v Burnley · Sheffield United v Chelsea · Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester City · Wolverhampton Wanderers v Everton · Aston Villa v Crystal Palace · Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal · Bournemouth v Leicester City · Manchester United v Southampton
|Arsenal v Watford · Burnley v Brighton & Hove Albion · Chelsea v Wolverhampton Wanderers · Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur · Everton v Bournemouth · Leicester City v Manchester United · Manchester City v Norwich City · Newcastle United v Liverpool · Southampton v Sheffield United · West Ham United v Aston Villa|