When does the Premier League return? Fixtures and schedule ahead of June restart

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 03: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates after scoring his team's third goal with Raheem Sterling of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal FC at Etihad Stadium on February 2, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Victoria Haydn/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)
Manchester City and Arsenal will get the Premier League back underway (Picture: Getty Images)

The Premier League is nearing a return, with matches now scheduled to be played in the next three weeks, as English football edges back towards normal.

The coronavirus crisis has wiped out Premier League football since 13 March, but after the Bundesliga in Germany has returned successfully, the English top flight is looking to follow suit.

The two outstanding matches in terms of games in hand will be played first with two midweek fixture, with the rest of the league returning to action on the weekend immediately after.

A schedule of fixtures has not been confirmed yet, nor has the decision been officially announced, with a meeting of Premier League clubs ongoing on Thursday, but a return date has been decided.

When does the Premier League return?

The Premier League is set to make its comeback from the coronavirus hiatus on Wednesday 17 June.

What are the Premier League fixtures?

The two fixtures set to be played on 17 June are…

  • Man City vs Arsenal
  • Aston Villa vs Sheffield United

The next set of fixtures will be played on the weekend of 19-21 June, and while they have not been confirmed, the next Premier League fixtures scheduled before the coronavirus hiatus were…

  • Aston Villa vs Chelsea
  • Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace
  • Brighton vs Arsenal
  • Everton vs Liverpool
  • Man City vs Burnley
  • Newcastle vs Sheffield United
  • Norwich vs Southampton
  • Tottenham vs Man Utd
  • Watford vs Leicester
  • West Ham vs Wolves

The BBC reports that the vast majority of games will be played at the usual home and away grounds, although a small number of high-profile games will be played at neutral venues.

Premier League squads have been training in small groups so far, limited to a maximum of five players, but it was agreed on Wednesday that the next phase can now be introduced with contact once again permitted.

A statement from the Premier League confirmed: ‘Premier League Shareholders today voted unanimously to resume contact training, marking another step towards restarting the Premier League season, when safe to do so.

‘Squads are now able to train as a group and engage in tackling while minimising any unnecessary close contact.

‘The Premier League’s priority is the health and wellbeing of all participants. Strict medical protocols are in place to ensure the training ground is the safest environment possible and players and staff will continue to be tested for COVID-19 twice a week.

‘Stage Two of the Return to Training protocol has been agreed following consultation with clubs, players, managers, the PFA, LMA and the Government. Discussions are ongoing as work continues towards resuming the season, when conditions allow.’

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