Premier League to resume with midweek fixtures on June 17

Brenda Watkins
May 29, 2020

They also confirmed all the remaining games of the season will be shown in the United Kingdom on the channels now with rights to broadcast the league - Sky Sports, BT Sport, BBC and Amazon Prime.

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

The games were not played before the break in football as they were originally scheduled to be played on the weekend of February 29th, but they had to be rearranged due to the involvement of Villa and City in the Carabao Cup final.

Playing the two outstanding games first will allow all the clubs to fall in line with the number of games played.

The league announced a provisional restart date of June 17 for the 2019-20 season providing all safety requirements are met.

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.

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.

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After the opening two matches there will be another game on Friday 19th June, kicking off the first full round of fixtures across the whole weekend.

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.

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

The announcement comes a few days after contact training was given the green light, with clubs discussing in a meeting on Thursday how the league can restart following its suspension in March due to coronavirus.

June return, early August finish?

Premier League clubs unanimously voted on Wednesday to resume contact training, a week after resuming non-contact training. After that, the FA Cup final is anticipated to take place on August 8, in addition to the remaining Champions League and Europa League fixtures, assuming the coronavirus pandemic has subsided to the extent that global travel is allowed.

The third phase would be a move to a more typical form of training in the build-up to actual games.

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