While we don’t yet know when the conclusion of the 2019/20 Premier League season will take place, there are plenty of interesting narratives to be settled once the ball starts moving again.
Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)
Liverpool are just two wins away from claiming their first top division title in 30 years but displayed plenty of nerves in the games leading up to the COVID-19 postponement. Narrow one-goal wins over Norwich City, West Ham United and Bournemouth made supporters nervous, while the 3-0 hammering away to Watford was arguably the surprise on the season.
The break could have come at a good time for Jurgen Klopp’s side and when the games get going again they will need calm heads to get across the line. They don’t come much calmer than dominant centre back Virgil van Dijk and he will be the driving force from defence.
John McGinn (Aston Villa)
Scottish midfielder John McGinn has been one of Aston Villa’s most impressive players since joining the club from Hibernian in 2018. Having been instrumental in the club’s return to the Premier League, McGinn found his feet quickly in the top flight.
However, a fractured ankle sustained against Southampton in December’s 3-1 defeat at Villa Park and was sidelined for three months. The COVID-19 break has given him time to fully recover and he should be back in the starting line up when Villa return to action. Along with the likes of skipper Jack Grealish and Egyptian international Trezeguet, McGinn has the ability to drag Villa out of the relegation zone. Given the talent in the squad as a whole, they could be worth tipping to avoid the drop with bet365 sign up offers.
Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)
Leicester City sit third on the Premier League table, thanks in large part to the goals of livewire striker Jamie Vardy. The England international has 19 to his name so far and sits two goals ahead of Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the race for the Golden Boot.
It’s been a hot and cold season overall with Vardy scoring for fun in some games and drawing blanks in others. He found the net twice in Leicester’s last game, a resounding 4-0 win over Aston Villa, and will no doubt be keen to restart in similar fashion.
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
While Manchester City won’t win the Premier League title this season, they still boast one of the competition’s standout players in Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian has had his injury problems in recent seasons with this time around he has been nothing short of sensational.
With 16 assists to his name, De Bruyne is four clear of Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold at the top of the charts and has the all time single season record in his sights – Thierry Henry hit 20 assists for the 2002/03 campaign while in his prime at Arsenal.
Teemu Pukki (Norwich City)
It was a whirlwind start to the season for Finnish striker Teemu Pukki who scored six goals in his first five games, including a hat-trick in the 3-1 win over Newcastle United. He took out the Premier League Player of the Month Award for August and became the subject of much transfer activity in fantasy football competitions.
However, Pukki has found things a lot tougher since has added just six goals to his total in 23 games as Norwich fell to the bottom of the league. If they are to claw back a six-point gap to safety then Pukki will need to see more of the ball and rediscover his early form.