The Premier League season returns on June 17

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The Premier League campaign will restart on June 17 with Manchester City’s clash with Arsenal one of the first games to be played.

Aston Villa’s home game with Sheffield United is another that will mark the return of the English top flight, both matches were left unplayed prior to the coronavirus crisis halting football.




A full fixture list will then be played on the weekend of June 19 to 21, with the agreement coming after Premier League teams met on Thursday to continue talks over ‘Project Restart’.

The Premier League are hoping to have the 2019-20 season wrapped up by August 2, with the FA Cup final then scheduled to happen a week later.




The decision was made to temporarily suspend the campaign back on March 13 after both Mikel Arteta and Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi had tested positive for the virus.

There was hope that the League would be able to return in April, although the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic and the uncertainties over the safety of players, staff and supporters led to the delay.

The recent developments have seen three rounds of coronavirus testing done, with the latest results, for tests done between May 25 and May 26, seeing four positive coronavirus cases reported.



Players have also been given the green light to resume contact training as the League gets ready to welcome back football, with there still no announcement having been made.

Liverpool remain just two wins away from claiming the Premier League title, while should Aston Villa beat Sheffield United, they will move out of the relegation zone.

There is also a battle to finish in the top four, with Leicester City and Chelsea occupying third and fourth respectively, ahead of Manchester United who are in fifth.

The return of football in Germany has helped made the way for other top-flight European leagues to follow suit, with La Liga set to resume on June 8.


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