The key dates you need to know around the Premier League’s restart
The top flight is due to resume in mid-June and here’s how the calendar could look over the coming monthsby John McDougall
The Premier League is planned to get going once more in just a few weeks’ time with the action getting back under way as part of Project Restart.
The first two matches when the top flight resumes are planned to be Sheffield United against Aston Villa at Villa Park, while Arsenal travel to the Etihad Stadium to play Manchester City.
A full round of fixtures is due to take place over the following weekend as all teams will at that stage have nine Premier League matches left to play.
Training will be ramped up over the coming weeks as teams prepare for the top flight’s resumption, now that they have a date to work towards.
Now that the top flight’s return has been announced, here’s some approximate dates to bear in mind over the coming months regarding the completion of the 2019/20 campaign:
The Premier League is planned to resume on this date with two matches – Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Arsenal v Manchester City.
These two matches are games in hand for the sides in question and, when fulfilled, all teams in the top flight will be on 29 games played with nine still to take place.
After the midweek fixtures, the first full set of resumed fixtures will take place over this weekend, behind closed doors with supporters watching from home on TV, as all remaining games are due to be televised through various broadcasters such as Sky Sports, BT Sport, and the BBC.
Not long after the resumption of the Premier League, the FA Cup quarter-finals are due to take place.
Leicester City play Chelsea, while Sheffield United will take on Arsenal at Bramall Lane. Newcastle United will play Manchester City, while Premier League bottom side Norwich City host Manchester United at Carrow Road.
The FA Cup semi-finals are due to be played over this weekend, with both games being held at Wembley, as has been the case for many years.
The final weekend of Premier League fixtures is due to take place then, with confirmation on the pitch rather than a points-per-game model of the champions – which is overwhelmingly likely to be Liverpool - those teams who will play in European competitions in the new campaign, and those sides to be relegated to the Championship.
The FA Cup final is pencilled in to take place a week after the Premier League season comes to a close, with the match guaranteed to be an all top flight affair at Wembley.
According to the Daily Mail, these are the dates in mind for the finals of UEFA’s club cup competitions: the Champions League and the Europa League.
Specifically when the fixtures for those knockout rounds still to be played in both competitions is yet to be confirmed, though fans of Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Wolves will be interested in this, with their teams still in action.
Though there is no confirmed date for when the 2020/21 campaign will begin, The Times reports that the new season would have to commence not long after the current one is concluded, with a break of a fortnight after the UEFA club cup competitions have been completed.
The 2020/21 season would also need to be finished before the European Championships begins, which is due to start on June 11, next year.