The English Premier League Returns

Elite football in England has been on pause since mid-March, with both the Champions League and Europa League following suit soon after.

Liverpool are waiting to be crowned Premier League champions for the first time, next season’s European competitors must be decided and the relegation picture is far from clear.

Uefa are allowing all domestic seasons to decide their own fate, but remain hopeful of concluding both continental competitions over the summer.

Clubs have agreed to return to action on June 17, beginning with the two outstanding matchday 29 games.

Aston Villa vs Sheffield United – at 6pm – and Manchester City vs Arsenal – at 8pm – will restart the season, bringing all 20 top-flight teams to nine games remaining.

All games set to be played behind closed doors, football bosses want fans to have access to every game. As such, no two matches will be played simultaneously in what has been dubbed a ‘World Cup-style’ event.​

The Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has said the return of the Premier League “would lift the spirits of the nation” and confirmed that a behind-closed-doors return is under “active consideration” by the government.

A YouGov poll released on May 12 revealed that almost three-quarters of people would not be buoyed by the return of elite football, with just 19% “pleased” at the prospect.

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