Premier League Resumes with Two Matched to Be Played on June 17

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The Premier League season is scheduled to restart on June 17.

Two matches, Aston Villa-Sheffield United and Manchester City-Arsenal, are to be played first, the BBC has learnt. The matches are the two hand-held games.

There are still 92 fixtures left to be played. A full list of fixtures will then be played on the weekend, between June 19 and 21.

Because of the pandemic, the Premier League was suspended on March 13. Liverpool is actually sitting at the top of the table, with 25 points clear. Meanwhile, Bournemouth, Aston Villa, and Norwich City are in the relegation positions.

Interestingly, June 17 will be 100 days after Leicester City’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa on March 9. The competition will resume with games now behind closed doors.

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

Players and staff in the Premier League will continue to be checked twice a week, with the capacity rising from 50 to 60 tests per club for the fourth test round. Any player or staff required to test positive must isolate themselves for a seven-day period.

Project restart’s third phase plans include a step towards normal training and building up for competitive games. Clubs voted unanimously on Wednesday to resume contact training, having begun non-contact training last week.

Clubs are still debating the idea of a restart in a meeting on Thursday, although it is known that, at this point, everyone is agreed in principle.

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