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    Friday, 8 May 2020

    Jamie Carragher backs resuming Premier League season on neutral venues

    Premier League clubs near bottom table had hit out at the idea but Carragher thinks there's no flaw in doing so when it's safe to kick off



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    The former Liverpool center-back believe clubs arguing against the restart of the Premier League in neutral venues are overlooking crucial factors when they discuss the integrity of the season being compromised.

    Clubs near the foot of the table are battling against the proposal to play all of the remaining matches in the 2019/20 campaign in pre-approved, supposedly safer neutral venues when it is safe to do so, maintaining that the loss of home advantage in relegation six-pointers would be unfair.

    But writing on his Telegraph column, Carragher says clubs complaining about the idea have conveniently overlooked the fact that they failed to pick up points at crucial times earlier in the season, and maintains that those clubs will also benefit from the plan.


    "What is certain is the way to avoid perilous situations and ensure the final games do not matter is to perform better earlier in the season,” Carragher wrote in his Telegraph column.

    "That is why I do not accept the claim it undermines the integrity of the league to complete this season at neutral venues.

    "The two clubs making the biggest noise on this issue, Brighton and Aston Villa, have very similar fixtures remaining. Both face five of the top eight at ‘home’, with Villa having an extra game.

    "That is a tough schedule, but it means they enjoyed home advantage against their relegation rivals earlier in the season, in front of a full crowd.

    "The relegation candidates that have already played and lost at Villa and Brighton have as much cause to curse their luck at missing the chance to play those critical games in neutral territory.

    "For Brighton, a tough ‘away’ game at relegation rivals Norwich would now be on neutral ground, and likewise for Aston Villa with a potentially defining game ‘at’ West Ham.

    "There are as many gains as losses in the spirit of compromise."

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