Bad news for Crystal Palace & Burnley as Premier League to extend 5 subs rule for 2020-21

Premier League to extend 5 subs rule for 2020-21

In an exclusive report from the Athletic’s Matt Slater, it’s been confirmed that the new rule allowing Premier League clubs to make up to 5 substitutions per game will be extended for the entirety of the 2020-21 season.

Readers have been told:

World football’s law-makers are set to extend the temporary rule allowing teams to make five substitutes in a game, rather than three, for all of next season.

The Athletic understands that IFAB’s board of directors is expected to announce the extension in the coming days.


Bad news for Crystal Palace & Burnley

In the build-up to Crystal Palace’s 3-2 defeat to Chelsea on Tuesday night, Eagles manager Roy Hodgson spoke out against the new 5 subs rule.

Hodgson voiced his belief that the Premier League should revert back to 3 subs next season. The Crystal Palace boss argued that the rule is a huge benefit to the bigger teams in the division:

It does tip the balance to the clubs with bigger and stronger squads.

If we give everyone a chance to start with a level playing field next year, when you don’t have necessarily this problem hanging over you of playing so many matches, then it would probably be in the interest of clubs like ours – although we won’t be alone – to go back to three.

It’s worth noting that Crystal Palace are one of the clubs who have made the fewest substitutions in the Premier League this season.

Similarly, Burnley rarely change their team too. Sean Dyche’s side have made the fewest changes in the league by some margin.

Indeed, since the restart, Burnley have only made six changes in four games.

Like Hodgson, Dyche has previously stated his objections to the 5 subs rule, saying:

I think we should have stuck with the same rules… 

It quite obviously favours the big squads, and we haven’t got a big squad, so I don’t think we needed to change the rules.


Good news for Man United & Liverpool

When considering other clubs who will likely be upset with the rule change regarding subs, the Athletic confirm that Aston Villa, Bournemouth, Sheffield United and West Ham all voted against the proposal when it was originally raised this season.

It’s worth noting that only three clubs in the Premier League have made 5 changes in each of their matches since the restart.

Those clubs are Brighton, Manchester United and Liverpool.


Why is the 5 subs rule being extended for 2020-21?

The rationale for increasing the numbers of subs from 3 to 5 appeared to make sense with regard to finishing the current season.

With the fixture list being so hectic, risks to players’ health have increased.

However, the hope is that the 2020-21 Premier League season will return to the usual football calendar, with much more time between games.

So was this change needed? The Athletic reveal the basis for this major rule change in 2020-21:

IFAB believes the late start to next season will lead to the same player-welfare concerns existing throughout the 2020-21 campaign.


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Sheffield United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers live streaming & betting tips.

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This article was edited by Ben Green.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Liverpool FC 33 47 89
2 Manchester City 33 47 66
3 Leicester City 33 32 58
4 Chelsea FC 33 16 57
5 Manchester United 33 23 55
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 33 9 52
7 Arsenal FC 33 8 49
8 Tottenham Hotspur 33 8 48
9 Sheffield United 33 1 48
10 Burnley FC 33 -9 46
11 Everton FC 33 -8 44
12 Newcastle United 33 -10 43
13 Southampton FC 33 -13 43
14 Crystal Palace 33 -12 42
15 Brighton & Hove Albion 33 -9 36
16 West Ham United 33 -18 31
17 Watford FC 33 -23 28
18 Aston Villa 33 -26 27
19 AFC Bournemouth 33 -27 27
20 Norwich City 33 -36 21
Player Team Goals
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 22
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 20
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 18
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 17
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 16
Aguero, Sergio Manchester City 16
Jimenez, Raul Wolverhampton Wanderers 15
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United 15
Martial, Anthony Manchester United 15
Abraham, Tammy Chelsea FC 14
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur 13
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 13
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 13
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 11
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 11
Richarlison Everton FC 11
Wood, Chris Burnley FC 11
Jesus, Gabriel Manchester City 10
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 9
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 9

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