The English Premier League clubs have all agreed to restart the campaign on June 17 with the games in hand set to be played first while a full round of fixtures will follow on June 19 and 20.

The campaign was suspended on 13 March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a statement released by the league, the dates were discussed at meeting of clubs on Thursday.

The opening matches will pit Marvelous Nakamba’s Aston Villa at home to Sheffield United and Manchester City hosting Arsenal.

The Premier League is hoping to complete the season by the weekend of August 1 and 2 with all the remaining games to be played behind closed to minimise the risks of coronavirus transmission.

The statement reads: “Premier League Shareholders today agreed to a new provisional restart date for the 2019/20 season of Wednesday 17 June, provided that all safety requirements are in place.

“Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal, postponed due to the Carabao Cup final, will now take place on 17 June, followed by a full match round beginning on Friday 19 June.

“Due to COVID-19, matches will take place behind closed doors.”

Meanwhile, clubs unanimously voted to resume contact training on Wednesday, having started non-contact training last week.

Scheduled kick-off times

Weekend matches will be scheduled as follows (all times CAT):

Friday 21:00
Saturday 13:30, 14:00, 18:30; 21:00
Sunday 13:00, 15:00, 17:30; 20:00
Monday 21:00

Midweek matches will be scheduled as follows (all times BST):
Tuesday 17:00; 21:00
19:00; 21:00
19:00; 21:00




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