Premier League Set To Restart On June 17th With Two Games

Lawrence Kim
May 29, 2020

While there was no official confirmation as the teleconference meeting had yet to end by press time, the BBC, The Telegraph and The Independent said the first two games after a three-month hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic would be the two games in hand - Manchester City v Arsenal and Aston Villa v Sheffield United.

A win for the Blades would take them above Wolves and Manchester United and into fifth in the league, which could be a good enough finish to qualify for the Champions League next season.

The aim seems to be to have teams having played equal numbers of games through the remainder of the season, just in case anything happens which leads to another stoppage, one that would nearly certainly see the season curtailed.

Villa are now 19th and heading for a return to the Championship, after just one year back in the Premier League, but a win of Chris Wilder's team actually take them into 16th place and drop Watford back into the bottom three.

These games will of course be played behind closed doors which is likely to be the reality for most sporting events for the foreseeable future.

The Premier League shareholders also approved a proposal that would see all 92 remaining matches broadcast live in the United Kingdom by the League's existing broadcast partners - Sky Sports, BT Sport, BBC Sport and Amazon Prime.

There are 92 fixtures still to play.

Liverpool and Everton are both thought to be trying to convince the authorities that they can safely play their home matches as normal, and they have the support of the other 18 clubs in the league.

"But this date can not be confirmed until we have met all the safety requirements needed, as the health and welfare of all participants and supporters is our priority".

The league will follow up on its plans in the next meeting of the 20 clubs next Thursday.

"It is important to ensure as many people as possible can watch the matches at home".

June return, early August finish?

Top-flight clubs are gathering again following their unanimous vote on being able to "engage in tackling while minimising any unnecessary close contact" in training.

The scheduling of matches for "Project Restart" is key with the Premier League hoping to complete the season by the weekend of August 1 and 2.

Clubs last week returned to training in small groups without contact and under strict health protocols. Phase Two allows up to 10 players to work together and would ease the time restrictions on training sessions and allow players to be closer.

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