Premier League Restart set for June 17
When will football resume?
English Premier League is set to return from June 17.
Football fans worldover rejoiced as English clubs decided on the resumption of the Premier League with June 17th, Wednesday, tentatively fixed as the restart date.
This would, of course, be subject to a fixed government approval and provided all safety requirements being met.
The Premier League football fixtures set to be moved to neutral venues are:
- Manchester City v Liverpool
- Manchester City v Newcastle
- Manchester United v Sheffield United
- Newcastle v Liverpool
- Everton v Liverpool
- The game in which Liverpool could win the title.
All 92 games remaining in the season will be broadcast live on TV with a third totally free.
The June 17 kick-off will take place between Manchester City and Arsenal and Aston Villa vs Sheffield United followed by a weekend of top-light fixtures.
All the matches will be played behind closed doors with players and staff being tested regularly.
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Provided there are no spikes in new cases, the Premier League is scheduled to be over by August 2.
The 92 remaining fixtures will be aired live on Sky sports, BT sports, Amazon Prime and BBC sport with 29 of those games being broadcast free.
For BBC, it will be a historic moment as they prepare themselves to broadcast top-flight games for the first time since the Inception of the Premier League in 1992.
Director of BBC sport, Barbara Slater said;
“This opportunity creates an historic moment for the BBC and our audience.
At a time when sports fans across the country are in need of a lift, this is very welcome news.”
Unlike before the break, when almost all the matches were played during the weekend days of Saturday and Sunday, the games will now take place on all days of the week.
Football Kick-off times
Football Kick-off times will be as follow : (all times are BST)
Tuesday: 18.00 – 20.00
Wednesday: 18.00 – 20.00
Thursday: 18.00 – 20.00
Saturday: 12.30, 15.00, 17.30 and 20.
Sunday: 12.00, 14.00, 16.30 and 19.00
Liverpool incidentally, are are at the top of the Premier League table and are 25 points clear of second placed Manchester City.
The EPL title is well within their reach. If they can win their upcoming fixture against Everton and ManCity lose to Arsenal, the title is Liverpool's for the taking.
The Premier League was suspended on 13th March owing to the pandemic and it will be after 100 days that the competition will prospectively resume.
Home and away games look likely for most of the games with a few high-profile profile fixtures to be staged at neutral venues at the request of the police.
Premier League players and staff will be tested twice a week with the frequency being increased from 50 to 60 per club.
So, looking ahead for a entertaining and ‘safe' Premier League in the months to come.
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