The Premier League has confirmed that top-flight football will resume on Wednesday June 17, as Project Restart takes another step closer to becoming reality.
In a statement on Thursday, the league confirmed a provisional return date for Premier League football starting with Manchester City vs Arsenal and Sheffield United vs Aston Villa – the two games which were originally rescheduled due to the Carabao Cup final.
That will be followed by the first full matchweek, where the ten games will be split across the weekend with games on Friday and Monday night, along with four each on Saturday and Sunday.
All matches will be televised live in the UK and, as a result, will have staggered fixture times to ensure there are no clashes – and the Premier League has announced the timings for those matches.
Evening matches on Friday and Monday will be set at 20:00, with Saturday’s four matches set at 12:30, 15:00, 17:30 and 20:00. On Sundays, matches will kick-off at 12:00, 14:00, 16:30 and 19:00.
Some midweek matches will be required to complete the remaining matches and they will be spread to Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, with kick-off times at 18:00 and 20:00.
Significantly, match coverage will be split across Sky Sports, BT Sport and Amazon Prime, while the BBC will show four live televised matches – the first time since the Premier League began in 1992 that matches will be on free-to-air TV.
Full details on the specific scheduling of matches, their kick-off times, dates and TV details is still to be confirmed and, as the date is provisionally agreed, it is still subject to change over the course of the coming weeks.