Liverpool and Man City are among the Premier League giants firmly against a 23-team top flight that would see Leeds United and West Brom go straight up, Football Insider understands.
The leading two teams in the country are key members of a group of top-flight sides lobbying hard against an expanded division next season.
The toxic rift over plans to complete the Premier League season at neutral venues has deepened ahead of Monday’s critical meeting to discuss plans to complete the campaign.
Scrapping relegation – and potentially expanding the Premier League to 22 or 23 teams – has been mooted as one way of buying the votes of the bottom six.
A Premier League source has Football Insider that any hope Leeds United and West Brom may have of that happening are seen as very remote.
This is due to two significant reasons.
There is no appetite among the leading clubs for four more matches in an already heavily congested fixture list that is set to be under further strain in a 2020-21 season likely to kick off later and be shoehorned into a tighter timeframe.
Moreover, a cadre of top clubs including runaway leaders Liverpool and current champions Man City are against sharing TV and prize money among more teams.
The possibility of a no-relegation-and-restructure option was floated after football’s initial suspension in mid-March.
It has been suggested at various points in recent times but is not considered a viable solution by anyone other than the bottom six clubs keen to avoiding slipping into next season’s Championship.
Leeds and West Brom are well clear at the top of the Championship with nine matches remaining.
Third-placed Fulham are six points adrift of Slaven Bilic’s side and seven behind league leaders United, who have won their last five games in the competition.
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