The English Premier League is all set for a restart on June 17.
The league will restart with two matches: a blockbuster clash between Arsenal and Manchester City and the other one between Sheffield United and Aston Villa.
The agreement was reached after Premier League clubs met on Thursday to continue discussions over ‘Project Restart.
It is believed that topics ranging from broadcast rebates and home and neutral venues were also expected to be discussed but no information has come on those fronts. The decision to resume the EPL was expected given how the authorities and clubs have been reportedly taking small steps towards it.
The resumption of the Bundesliga couple with the fact that June 8 has been set as the official date of La Liga resumption, was an indication of the clear road ahead being clear for the EPL.
Premier League teams had on Wednesday given their approval to begin contact training as England move a step forward in resuming its top-tier football league. The players returned to individual and small group training last week as officials continue to target mid-June as a possible return date for resumption of matches.
The EPL, on March 19, was suspended till April 30 due to the Coronavirus pandemic with Liverpool stationed at the top of the standings with 82 points from 29 matches. No matches have been played since Leicester’s 4-0 win over Villa on March 9. The league was among Europe’s top five to be halted due to the increasing number of virus cases, and although the future was unknown, several former footballers clamoured for the scrapping of the season.
The news is in particularly big for Liverpool since they are just two wins away from securing their maiden Premier League title in 20 years.