The future of the 2019-20 Premier League season is uncertain. As COVID-19 quareintines continue, and the UK stays in lockdown, all bets are off. Instead, the ePremier League Invitational tournament has been launched, a knockout tournament played by real-life footballers within Fifa 20.
Each team from the Premier League will select a player (or celebrity fan), to represent and play for them in the tournament. By its conclusion, the proceeds of the competition will go to the NHS. The #PlayersTogether initiative was created by PL players in a bid to raise funds for the NHS.
There’ll be four matches per day from 12 pm.–4 p.m. BST, beginning today, concluding on Saturday, April 25. With the Last 16 games taking place across tomorrow and Thursday, the semi-finals and final are due to be televised on Sky Sports at 3 p.m. BST on April 25.
Each Fifa 20 match will consist of two six-minute halves, and in the event of a draw, the match-winner will be decided by the Golden Goal.
As for the players representing their Fifa 20 teams, it’s a star-studded lineup. Right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold will be seeking to win Liverpool a trophy, if only a virtual one for the time being, in the tournament. Elsewhere, Raheem Sterling will take to the controller for Manchester City.
Meanwhile, Crystal Palace has nominated their crucial striker, Wilfried Zaha, for their player of choice, while Chelsea, in the meantime, will be sending in right-back Reece James to redeem an otherwise difficult real-life season.
To stay in the loop of the Fifa 20 tournament, head on over to YouTube and Twitch. So, if your missing Premier League action, and love Fifa 20, this might be the perfect alternative in the meantime. Today’s Fifa 20 games include John McGinn (Aston Villa), taking on Brighton’s Neil Maupay.
Arsenal v Watford pits Josh Franceschi against Watford’s Nathaniel Chalobah. There’s also Burnley and West Ham, (Dwight McNeil v Ryan Fredericks), and lastly, Bournemouth’s Philip Billing against Angus Gunn of Southampton.