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Premier League returns: Fixtures start to leak


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Liverpool celebrates after scoring

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18 hours ago | Updated 4 hours ago

The Premier League is expected to announce the TV schedule for the rest of the season on Wednesday June 3.


  • Games in hand to be played on June 17 – scroll down for full details
  • Aston Villa v Sheffield United will be the first game at 18:00
  • Arsenal’s trip to Manchester City will follow at 20:00
  • The first full round of matches will start on Friday, June 19

The dates Liverpool could be crowned champions


Police to examine Premier League fixture schedule

With the British government having confirmed their police’s preference for neutral venues to host certain fixtures, it has now been confirmed that the authorities will examine the remaining fixture list before making recommendations.

“The MPS have been in regular contact with the NPCC football lead DCC Mark Roberts who is co-ordinating the policing response to the restart of any football matches across the UK,” a statement read.

“Whilst agreement has been reached as to when the season may recommence, the plans for this to happen are still being finalised.

“We remain in contact with all the relevant bodies and will make plans as necessary when we receive a final proposed schedule for games.”

What about the Champions League?

UEFA’s current plan is to complete the Champions League after the domestic seasons have been completed. And with clubs unwilling to extend the season beyond what is necessary, a new Plan B has been floated.

The proposal, revealed in Mundo Deportivo would see second legs scrapped in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, allowing for an express Final Eight tournament in a single city.

Lisbon is the most likely destination, given there are no Portuguese teams left in the competition, although Madrid and Munich are reportedly also being considered.

Read the full story here.

When could Liverpool win the league?

Liverpool were 25 points clear of Manchester City when the Premier League was postponed back in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

If Liverpool and City keep on winning

Second-placed Manchester City have a game in hand over Liverpool, and they are set to play that on June 17 when hosting Arsenal at the Etihad. This will take place at 20:00 and will be the second game back after Aston Villa’s rescheduled match against Sheffield United takes place earlier in the day at 18:00.

Assuming City win, then that would leave them 22 points behind Liverpool with both sides having nine matches remaining.

Should both City and Liverpool continue to win, then the latter will be crowned once they are 22 points clear with seven matches to go.

For Liverpool, that could mean in Gameweek 31’s match at home to Crystal Palace, which will likely take place on the final weekend of June, or the first weekend of July.

But what if City lose to Arsenal?

This scenario would leave Liverpool 25 points clear with nine rounds of matches to go each, meaning the Reds would simply have to match City’s result on the first full weekend back to be crowned champions.

City are set to host Burnley on the weekend of June 20-22, with Liverpool scheduled to play Merseyside rivals Everton.

The original schedule saw City’s match against Burnley on the Saturday, and Everton v Liverpool on the Monday.

If this is repeated, and should City lose to Arsenal, then Liverpool would need to match City’s result against Burnley when welcoming Everton to Anfield.

So, at the earliest, Liverpool are looking at a June 22 date – unless their match against Everton is moved forward from the Monday.


Trent and Richarlison, Liverpool FC and Everton

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First details of Premier League return leaked

Aston Villa’s rescheduled match against Sheffield United will be the first game broadcast when the Premier League resumes. The match, which was postponed due to Villa’s participation in the Carabao Cup final, will take place at 6pm on June 17, with Arsenal’s trip to Manchester City following at 8pm, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The BBC will be carrying live Premier League games for the first time since its inception in 1992 and their inaugural broadcast will be Bournemouth v Crystal Palace, which will take place on Saturday June 20 at 7:45pm. This could break the Premier League’s record for broadcast ratings, which is currently held by a Manchester derby in April 2012, when both sides were vying for the title.

Meanwhile, Prime Video Sport will make its four matches available free-to-air, which would take the total number of broadcasts open to all members of the public to 33 of the remaining 92 matches.

Premier League confirms June 17 return, all 92 matches on TV

The Premier League season will resume on Wednesday, June 17, with all 92 remaining games to be shown live on TV.

The restart will likely kick off on June 17 with Aston Villa vs Sheffield United and Manchester City vs Arsenal, which were both postponed due to the Carabao Cup final. The completion of those two games will leave every team with nine matches left to play.

There will then be a full round of matches starting on Friday, June 19.

  • What could the revised fixture list look like?

All matches will take place behind closed doors but will be available for supporters to watch on television.

Games will take place across the weekend, with kick-off times at 8pm on Friday, 12.30pm, 3pm, 5.30pm and 8pm on Saturday, midday, 2pm, 4.30pm and 7pm on Sunday, 8pm on Monday and 6pm and 8pm for midweek matches on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The BBC has confirmed it will broadcast four live games – the first time Premier League games will have been shown live by the BBC – while Sky Sports will make 25 of the remaining top-flight matches free to air.

Who can win the title?

Liverpool. Two wins needed and it’s all over.

Jurgen Klopp’s side lead by 25 points and the league could even be wrapped up on the first full weekend of the restart if second-placed Manchester City don’t win their game in hand against Arsenal on June 17.

Along with the title, Liverpool also have several records in their sights. They are on course to break City’s record of 100 points, secure the largest winning margin (which currently stands at 19 points) and win the title in the quickest time – currently set at five games remaining.

They can also record the most home wins in a season if they win their last four at Anfield, which would take them to a perfect 19, one more than the record. And there’s the chance to get the most wins in a season, with six more taking them past City’s record of 32.

Who can make the top four?

With top spot secured and Manchester City and Leicester both well placed in second and third, it looks like it could be a six-team battle for fourth place. However, remember City’s Champions League ban?

In February they were banned from the competition for two seasons and fined €30 million by UEFA due to Financial Fair Play breaches. Their appeal will be held between June 8 and 10, but if they are banned for next season then fifth place in the Premier League should secure a Champions League spot.

Chelsea are the current holders of fourth spot on 48 points but are only three points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United, who were on a promising run before the break.


Wolves are in sixth on 43 points, level with Sheffield United, who could move up to fifth if they win their game in hand against Aston Villa on June 17.

Chris Wilder’s side also face Chelsea, Manchester United and Wolves in their remaining fixtures so their fate is very much in their own hands.


Sheffield United are in position to challenge for a top-four finish

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Then there’s the two north London teams. Tottenham, who will be boosted by the return of several injured players, including Harry Kane, are in eighth on 41 points while Arsenal are on 40 points but with a game in hand.

Seventh place is likely to secure a Europa League spot for next season.

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