Arsenal to restart the Premier League season on June 17th

Carla Harmon
May 29, 2020

After that, all 20 teams in England's top flight will have played the same amount of matches, with a full round of fixtures then following on the weekend of June 19-21. There have been 12 positive tests across the Premier League, including the four that were announced on Wednesday.

"Today we have provisionally agreed to resume the Premier League on Wednesday 17 June".

The Premier League has reportedly agreed on a date to return to play following the COVID-19 shutdown.

The report outlines that Manchester City will host Arsenal while Aston Villa will face Sheffield United in the two opening fixtures, both of which are games in hand for the respective clubs.

Broadcasting issues are to be discussed as well, including the fixture list, the possibility of staggered kick-off times and how certain matches of the remaining 92 could be made available free-to-air.

"The Premier League and our clubs are proud to have incredibly passionate and loyal supporters".

"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".

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

On Wednesday, Premier League clubs voted unanimously to return to contact training, including tackling.

The planned kick-off times in the United Kingdom for live matches will also differ from the traditional times.

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.

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.

Liverpool could win the Premier League title against neighbours Everton next month at the home ground of either Manchester United or Manchester City.

The Reds were followed by Manchester City with 57 points in 28 matches.

The Canaries have already acknowledged that games will be played behind closed doors by starting the refund process for season ticket holders, members and those with tickets for the remaining games, the process of which begins on Monday with decisions having to be made by the deadline of Tuesday, June 30.

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