On Thursday, Premier League clubs decided to resume the 2019/20 season on June 17, on condition that all health criteria are in place to avoid coronavirus spread. On that date, Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal — both rearranged games — will take place, the top-flight English said in a statement. Following those matches, all 20 clubs would have played 29 matches heading into the June 19-21 weekend, whenever the rest of the top flight is planned to be in action.
The last pre-shutdown Premier League match was Leicester vs. Aston Villa on March 9, with all professional English football suspended four days later. A plan that sees all the remaining 92 matches showing live in Britain, including several games on the BBC, also accept by Premier League shareholders Thursday. Also, proposed kick-off times will vary from those of custom.
The restart date is based upon the British Government providing the green light to the top-level event. State Secretary for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports Oliver Dowden has tweeted his support for today’s announcement by the Premier League.
Mikel Arteta and Callum Hudson-Odoi Tested Positive
After Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for COVID-19, the Premier League suspended all games in March. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool seems likely to crown champions. But elimination and European qualification problems also need to be resolved. On Wednesday, top-flight clubs voted unanimously to get back to contact training.
So far, after 2,752 tests across the Premier League, only 12 people have tested positive for coronavirus. Germany’s Bundesliga resumed earlier in the month. Spain’s La Liga hopes to return from 11 June. Italy’s Series A will return on 20 June. Liverpool is at the top of the table with 25 direct points. While Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Norwich City are in the relegation positions.
In their first game back the leaders could seal the title with victory should Arsenal lose second-placed Manchester City. Last week, Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho spoke of his desire. It is to get playing again after seeing a resume of football elsewhere.
Some players have expressed concerns because of the virus about their health and that of their families. Watford captain Troy Deeney has also expressed fear. He admitted that he decided not to return to training. This is as people state that they wish his baby son to contract coronavirus after his revelation.
It states that Deeney expects to go to training next week.