The Premier League is set to return on 17 June with Manchester City vs Arsenal and Aston Villa vs Sheffield United, after the 20 clubs agreed to come back that week in Thursday’s ‘D-Day’ video conference. So far, 12 people have tested positive for corona-virus after 2,752 tests across the Premier League.
- Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Norwich City are in the relegation places
- No matches have been played since Leicester’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa on March 9, with Liverpool just two wins away from securing the title
Also on the agenda is the idea of neutral grounds. The Premier League are hopeful games will be staged in their own stadiums but the possibility of playing at neutral grounds is still on the table. It is unlikely that everything will be sorted on Thursday, but there is a hope that the 20 June restart can be fixed by the day’s end.
The plans to restart the season, which has been suspended indefinitely since March in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, have accelerated in recent days.
Clubs agreed to a return to contact training on Wednesday with the vast majority of players now comfortable with the health and safety protocols that are set to be in place.
The league’s testing procedure continues with the latest round returning just four positive results from 1,008 players and staff members tested.
Premier League soccer clubs already voted unanimously to return to contact training, including tackling
Failure to resume the season could cost the league around 750 million pounds ($921.75 million) in lost revenue from broadcasters according to British media estimates.
Liverpool were 25 points clear of 2019 champions Manchester City when the Premier league was shut down, on the verge of being crowned English champions for the first time in 30 years.
The race for European qualification is on, with Manchester United just three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and Wolves and Sheffield United in the chasing pack.
Germany’s Bundesliga resumed earlier this month. La Liga in Spain hopes to return from June 11. A crucial summit between Italian football officials and the country’s sports minister will be held later on Thursday to decide Serie-A