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Premier League 'to restart on June 17 after coronavirus shutdown'

Premier League 'to restart on June 17'
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The Premier League season will return on June 17 with Manchester City vs. Arsenal and Aston Villa vs. Sheffield United, 100 days after the last game.

The Premier League will return on June 17 following the coronavirus shutdown, according to a report.

Top-flight football in England has been postponed since March 13 due to the outbreak of COVID-19, with the last game having taken place on March 9 when Leicester City thrashed Aston Villa 4-0.

BBC Sport now reports that action will resume exactly 100 days later on Wednesday, June 17 with Manchester City vs. Arsenal and Aston Villa vs. Sheffield United - the two games in hand.

The first full fixture list would then take place on the weekend of June 19-21, after which there would be 80 matches of the 2019-20 season left to play.

All of the matches would take place behind closed doors and, while clubs are still in talks over elements of the restart, there is understood to be unanimous agreement on a June 17 date.

On Wednesday, clubs unanimously voted to return to contact training, while 12 people associated with Premier League clubs have so far tested positive for COVID-19.

Players and staff will continue to be tested twice a week, and anyone who tests positive will be forced to self-isolate for seven days.

The division will resume with Liverpool sitting 25 points clear and only two wins away from claiming their first title for 30 years, while Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Norwich City currently sit in the relegation zone.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CLiverpool34302275264992
2Manchester CityMan City34223986345269
3Chelsea341861063461760
4Leicester CityLeicester34178964323259
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd331510856332355
6Wolverhampton WanderersWolves34131384537852
7Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd34131293533251
8Arsenal34121485042850
9Burnley34147133846-849
10Tottenham HotspurSpurs33139115244848
11Everton33128134048-844
12Southampton33134164255-1343
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle341110133550-1543
14Crystal Palace34119143043-1342
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton34812143647-1136
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham3487194059-1931
17Watford34710173153-2231
18Aston Villa3376203662-2627
19Bournemouth3376203259-2727
20Norwich CityNorwich3456232663-3721

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