English Premier League To Return On June 17 With Man City v Arsenal Among The First Fixtures
The Premier League season will resume on June 17 with Manchester City’s meeting with Arsenal one of the first matches to be played – and all 92 remaining matches will be broadcast live.
A full round of fixtures would then be played on the weekend of 19-21 June.
A Premier League statement read: “Premier League Shareholders today agreed to a new provisional restart date for the 2019-20 season of Wednesday June 17, provided that all safety requirements are in place.
“Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal, postponed due to the EFL Cup final, will now take place on June 17, followed by a full match round beginning on Friday 19 June.
“Due to Covid-19, matches will take place behind closed doors.”
Safety guidelines are yet to be issued by the government and decisions will remain subject to the continuing fight against coronavirus.
New staggered kick-off times will be used for the remaining 92 matches.
Games on a Friday will kick off at 8pm, while on Saturday the slots will be 12.30pm, 3pm, 5.30pm and 8pm. Sunday matches will kick off at either 12pm, 2pm, 4.30pm and 7pm, with Monday games starting at 8pm.
Midweek games on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays will kick off at either 6pm or 8pm.
Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said all plans and dates are still provisional, as long as they can ensure the health and safety of everyone involved.
He said: “Sadly, matches will have to take place without fans in stadiums, so we are pleased to have come up with a positive solution for supporters to be able to watch all the remaining 92 matches.
“The Premier League and our clubs are proud to have incredibly passionate and loyal supporters. It is important to ensure as many people as possible can watch the matches at home.
“We will continue to work step-by-step and in consultation with all our stakeholders as we move towards resuming the 2019-20 season.”
Liverpool currently sit 25 points clear at the top of the table while Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Norwich City are in the relegation places.
The Reds, chasing a first league title in 30 years, could clinch it with victory in their first game back should second-placed Manchester City lose to Arsenal.