When is the Premier League resuming?
The unplayed games of the 2019/20 season have beenn dubbed‘Project Restart’ and the games were initially planned for June 12, but the clubs have now voted on June 17th for the season to resume – or complete, subject to meeting all necessary safety requirements regarding Coronavirus.
The first games will be Aston Villa V Sheffield United, and on the same date Manchester City will host Arsenal.
Those are both rearranged games, postponed due to cup fixture clashes and will mean all 20 clubs have played 29 matches heading into the weekend of June 19-21, when the rest of the Premier League sides will all be back in action.
Strict social distancing guidelines have been in place since the players returned to training in May. There are still 92 matches to play and all games will be held behind closed doors.
Neutral venues will be considered for some key matches to prevent people from breaking social distancing guidelines, but it is planned that most games will be held at the home team’s stadia.
This will most likely include Liverpool’s trip to Everton and Manchester City, as well as other big occasions such as major London derbies.
A league statement on venues read:
“The Premier League’s ambition is to complete all of our remaining fixtures this season home and away, where possible.
“We are working with our clubs to ensure risks are assessed and minimised, while cooperating with the police at a local and national level.
“Discussions with the National Police Chiefs’ Council and UK Football Policing Unit have been positive and are continuing. We are prepared for all outcomes and have a neutral-venue contingency.”
Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said on Thursday, May 28:
“Today we have provisionally agreed to resume the Premier League on Wednesday June 17.
“But this date cannot be confirmed until we have met all the safety requirements needed, as the health and welfare of all participants and supporters is our priority.
“Sadly, matches will have to take place without fans in stadiums, so we are pleased to have come up with a positive solution for supporters to be able to watch all the remaining 92 matches.
“The Premier League and our clubs are proud to have incredibly passionate and loyal supporters. It is important to ensure as many people as possible can watch the matches at home. We will continue to work step-by-step and in consultation with all our stakeholders as we move towards resuming the 2019-20 season.”
When will the games kick-off ?
Staggered kick-off times will be used for the remaining matches.
Games on a Friday will kick off at 8pm, on Saturday 12.30pm, 3pm, 5.30pm and 8pm
Sunday matches will kick off at 12pm, 2pm, 4.30pm and 7pm, with Monday games starting at 8pm.
Midweek games on Tuesdays and Wednesday will kick off at either 6pm or 8pm.
The exact fixture dates will be confirmed after discussions with TV and radio broadcasters.
Will all the games be on TV ?
The good news is that all 92 matches will be broadcast live by the Premier League’s partners – Sky Sports, BT Sport, BBC Sport and Amazon Prime.
Sky will show most games – 64 in total – with 25 of the games being made free-to-air, including Everton vs Liverpool on the first full weekend back.
BT Sport will show 20 of the games live on their platform.
The BBC will show four live matches, alongside their usual Match of the Day highlight programmes – the first time the channel will televise live Premier League football since the competition’s founding in 1992.
Amazon Prime will also have four live matches.
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