England’s Premier League season restarts again this week, after a three-month suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic.
All fixtures have been on hold since March 13, when the League, the FA, the EFL and the WSL decided to suspend fixtures for the safety of players, fans and staff.
After training got under way last month, the season is finally set to resume. Here’s how.
When is the Premier League restarting?
The Premier League will resume on June 17 at 9 pm GST, with Aston Villa taking on Sheffield Wednesday and Arsenal taking on Manchester city at 10.15 GST. Both are games that had to be rearranged and upon completion will mean that all teams in the league have played 29 matches before next weekend (June 19-21).
Have the dates been confirmed?
With Liverpool 25 points clear of their closest rivals (Manchester City) at the top of the table, there will now be 22 games played in the next two weeks, and a total of 92 games completed in the next 6 weeks.
Dates for the first three rounds of matches have been confirmed, with staggered kick-off times to help accommodate the rush.
For example: Friday games will kick-off at 8pm GMT (11pm GST) and on Saturday the slots will run from 12.30pm, 3pm, 5.30pm and 7.45pm.
Will the matches be played at clubs’ stadiums?
So far, matches are all due to be played at the club’s own stadiums, but in special circumstances eg a localized lockdown, matches could be switched to neutral venues.
Will there be live crowds?
In a word, no. All 92 matches will be played behind closed doors, but all of them will be broadcast on TV and radio.
Who is leading the Premier League?
Fans of Mo Salah and Liverpool will have to wait until Sunday June 21 to watch their return against Everton in the Merseyside derby. A win against Liverpool’s ‘other’ club could put them tantilisingly close to their first modern Premier League title. They currently sit 25 points ahead of closest rivals Manchester city.