Premier League Season Set To Restart June 17

Premier League Season Set To Restart June 17

The Premier League season is set to restart on 17 June with two games in hand, Aston Villa versus Sheffield United and Manchester City versus Arsenal to get the ball rolling the BBC has learned.

After the games in hand, a full fixture list would then be played on the weekend of 19-21 June.

Clubs are still discussing the idea at a meeting on Thursday, but it is understood all have agreed in principle at this stage.

There are 92 fixtures still to play.

The Premier League was suspended on 13 March due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. 

And it will be 100 days after Leicester City’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa on 9 March that competition will resume, with games played without fans.

According to BBC Sport, home and away matches look most likely for the vast majority of games, with a few high-profile games at neutral venues at the request of the police. 

A number of clubs have expressed their opposition to the concept of using neutral grounds, including Brighton, West Ham and Crystal Palace.

Safety guidelines are yet to be issued by the government and decisions will remain subject to the continuing fight against coronavirus.

On Wednesday, clubs unanimously voted to resume contact training , having started non-contact training last week.

So far 12 people have tested positive for coronavirus after 2,752 tests across the league.

Premier League players and staff will continue to be tested twice a week, with the capacity increased from 50 to 60 tests per club for the fourth round of testing.

Any players or staff to test positive must self-isolate for a period of seven days.

Plans for the third phase of Project Restart include a step towards normal training and build-up to competitive games.

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 reigning Champions League winners chasing a first league title since 1990, could clinch it with victory in their first game back should second-placed Manchester City lose to Arsenal.

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