Time to rejoice for English Premier League fans all over the world as after more than two months of suspension, the English top flight football is set to return to action on 17th June, with the first season reopener match between the two heavyweights- Arsenal and Manchester City!
With the restart of German Bundesliga and a number of La Liga clubs preparing for the restart of the Spanish league, Premier League were hopeful of restoring their ongoing 2019-20 season by the next month. After receiving the green light from the UK government recently, the league will be resuming within less than three weeks, as 17th June has been set as the return date, as confirmed by The Telegraph.
The full fixture of the first round will be revealed on 19th June. However, the first match will be between Manchester City and Arsenal. City, 2nd on the league table with 57 points, will be hosting the gunners, who are in 9th position with 40 points.
Another match between Aston Villa and Sheffield United will also be hosted on the same date. White it has been reported that a number of PL clubs are opting 29th June as a probable return date, they collectively have agreed to the decision.
However, it is highly expected that the matches will be hosted in a behind closed doors manner as it was proposed by the govt, as UK is still under COVID-19 crisis and allowing spectators to gather up in the stands is still not an option.
The four clubs to feature on the Premier League return date have played 28 games in the ongoing season, while the rest of the league have all played 29.
As of now, Liverpool sits on top of the table with a staggering 82 points, an astounding 25 points lead from the Citizens.
Clubs had already started training, but in small groups of only five players. However, the
Premier League is expecting to wrap up the season by the first week of August, making room for the subsequent FA Cup final.
The current EPL season was suspended back on 13th March, and the susnepsion was extended twice, first until 4th April, which was later lengthened as the condition worsened in the UK.