The English Premier League Welcomes Back Fans
30 Nov 2020 04:38 pm, by YorkshireSquare
The English Premier League (EPL), one of the most significant football competitions out there is ready and happy to welcome sports fans back, and that is good news any way you look at it. As the country is preparing to come out of lockdown on 2nd December, the government has allowed Premier League to welcome back live spectators. This means that today's football predictions will be an important part of the experience once again.
The country, though, will not allow complete freedom when it comes to sports competitions. In fact, attendance is limited to 2,000 fans, and some regions including Leeds will still need to remain shut. Even then, this is great news for home fans who will be allowed to attend and support their teams, something that will definitely give a bit of an edge to the home teams as fans are known to have an actual effect on the outcome of games.
Great Opportunity for Football Fans
With fans back at the stadiums, people who have felt disconnected from the teams they support will have an excellent opportunity to reconnect. Not in front of a telly, you see, but right at the stadium where players actually play and can indeed use a cheer or two from their fans.
Football matches are picking up not only in the United Kingdom but well across Europe, so much in fact that Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) will be playing against Manchester United on the Red Devil's home turf. It's going to be an amazing match and one that will deservedly have fans excited.
Speaking of the French powerhouse, France Ligue 1 predictions are already available as the competition in France is going strong and PSG is naturally at the very top of the pecking order right now, and the team seems confident in dominating in France.
Do Fans Give an Advantage to the Home Team?
Some, such as Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa claim that allowing only one team to host a crowd in support of their players will have a negative impact on the Away team, and he may be right. The psychology of having fans during a sporting contest is definitely an interesting one, and while no actual proof exists, Home teams do tend to do a little better.
Bielsa argued that it's all about having a level playing field and that fans should be allowed altogether or not at all, but he may need to roughen it for a few weeks, or even months, in the current conditions. From the standpoint of the sport, having fans return is great news, and besides, every team will get to host a fan-less team on their home turf, which is quite satisfying.
Seeing the sport return to a sort of normality is very encouraging for the Premier League, its management and people who have felt the need to see full stadiums once again. While this will certainly take a bit while longer, the truth is things are looking up for football in the United Kingdom and beyond.