The EFL is pushing full-steam ahead with re-start plans and are planning to turn the rest of the season – and the final part of the Leeds United bid for promotion – into a “festival of football”, according to a report in the Telegraph.
In news that will be an exciting prospect for Leeds fans starved of football, it claims that clubs have put forward a TV schedule that will see games kick-off at 6pm and 8pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm on weekends.
The proposed restart schedule means testing players may start this week, with a return to training on Monday, followed by a June 20 kick-off.
The remaining 108 games would be played over five weekends and the corresponding midweeks, which could see the season finished as early as the weekend of July 18.
Exciting prospect will see broadcasters and Leeds fans on same page
The Telegraph report leads with a picture of Leeds – who else – celebrating a goal.
And this probably represents the last chance for the EFL to make the most of a club that has driven TV figures for the past couple of seasons.
Leeds fans have long moaned about fixtures being moved for TV, sometimes at late notice, throwing travel plans into disarray.
Amid the Coronavirus outbreak things are different now and the news that the EFL is planning a feast of football on TV is exciting and will be welcomed by Leeds fans.
It means that they will not only be able to watch their fixtures but all the matches around that could have an impact on the top-two.
It’s no substitute for watching the games in person but it’s a pretty good second-best.
The EFL and broadcasters will be hoping for a thrilling end to the season. However, Leeds fans will be joining with us in hoping that the Whites secure promotion as quickly as possible – and that could be as little as four games into the ‘festival of football’.
That would involve Leeds beating Fulham and then hoping other fixtures go their way.
We’ve had enough drama already this season to last us a lifetime.
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