Premier League Project Restart could see five-games-in-a-row weekends and Champions League-style midweeks

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The Premier League is set for a hectic schedule on its return (Picture: Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

If the Premier League does return in June, as is currently planned, we could see five back-to-back games on Saturdays and Sundays, and Champions League-style midweeks.

There are 92 games to be played in the Premier League and there is a push for as many as possible to be broadcast across Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon and possibly the BBC, with potential for all 92 to be shown somewhere.

To keep overlapping games to a minimum, plans are being drawn up for games to kick-off at midday, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 8pm on Saturday and Sundays.

There is also the possibility of games being held on Tuesday and Wednesdays with kick-offs at 6pm and 8pm, as has become custom in the Champions League, reports the Mirror.

If the season is not completed, broadcasters will be owed a staggering £762m from Premier League clubs and even if all the games are played they face a bill of £340m after the coronavirus hiatus.

All possibilities are to be discussed at a Premier League meeting on Thursday as they work towards possible return dates of 12 or 19 June.

While league organisers, and many fans, are keen to get games back on as swiftly as possible, some Premier League managers would prefer pushing the return date back to 26 June as they look to get their squads back up to full fitness after the lengthy break.

Contact training is yet to resume and some managers are worried that a return on 12 June would not give them enough time to get back up to speed and would risk injuries.

After meetings between the Premier League hierarchy, the Professional Footballers’ Association and League Managers’ Association, a vote will be held on Wednesday as to when contact training will resume, which could be this week.

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