After a meeting between clubs earlier today, the Premier League’s return date has been set for June 17.
Pending final logistical plans for hosting matches behind closed doors, the Premier League will return in mid-June with Manchester City facing Arsenal. The first full weekend of English football will begin on June 20, and all 92 remaining fixtures will be available for viewing.
City in particular do not have much to play for domestically, especially if their pending CAS appeal on June 8 is unsuccessful and their two-year European ban is upheld. While the remaining games are all but a formality for rivals Liverpool to secure the title, City are also comfortably secure within the top four should they be allowed to play in Europe next season.
The long-anticipated return of the Premier League is exciting but several steps must be taken to ensure that finishing the league season is as safe and fair as possible. Several players and staff at various clubs have tested positive for COVID-19 in the lead-up to clubs returning to training, and the situation will need to be handled carefully in order to ensure the league can finish as planned.
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While the culmination of this season’s Champions League is far more important on the pitch for Manchester City supporters, the excitement around the return of domestic competition remains the same. The FA Cup final is also tentatively scheduled for Aug. 1, in which City will look to win the trophy for the second consecutive season. At the quarterfinal stage, they are set to face Newcastle United. English football looks set to return, and although we must progress safely, it is an exciting development.