Premier League Football is all set return next month, but will the changes effect the teams as it has in Germany or will Liverpool continue their march to their first Premier League title?
In a statement released “Premier League Shareholders on Thursday, May 28, agreed to a new provisional restart date for the 2019/20 season of Wednesday, June 28, provided that all safety requirements are in place.
“Due to COVID-19, matches will take place behind closed doors.”
Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “Today we have provisionally agreed to resume the Premier League on Wednesday 17 June.
“But this date cannot be confirmed until we have met all the safety requirements needed, as the health and welfare of all participants and supporters is our priority.
“Sadly, matches will have to take place without fans in stadiums, so we are pleased to have come up with a positive solution for supporters to be able to watch all the remaining 92 matches.
“It is important to ensure as many people as possible can watch the matches at home”
Richard Masters, Premier League CEO said: “The Premier League and our clubs are proud to have incredibly passionate and loyal supporters. It is important to ensure as many people as possible can watch the matches at home.
“We will continue to work step-by-step and in consultation with all our stakeholders as we move towards resuming the 2019/20 season.”
Due to the matches taking place without crowds, which has happened throughout Europe where leagues have restarted, all 92 matches will be shown live in the UK through the League’s existing broadcasters, Sky Sports, BT Sport, BBC Sport and Amazon Prime.
Will clubs leave empty stands or will they try and fill them with cardboard cut outs as in Germany or with screens like one Danish club has tried?
With the move to show all matches live the planned kick-off times have changed with Monday to Friday having a 8pm with Tuesday to Thursday also having a 6pm match.
Saturday will have its usual 12:30pm and 5pm along side a 3pm and 8pm game.
Sunday’s matches will kick-off at midday, 2pm, 4:30pm and 7pm.
Where the matches will be played is still under discussion as in a statement released: “The Premier League’s ambition is to complete all of our remaining fixtures this season home and away, where possible.
“We are working with our clubs to ensure risks are assessed and minimised, while cooperating with the police at a local and national level.
“Discussions with the National Police Chiefs’ Council and UK Football Policing Unit have been positive and are continuing. We are prepared for all outcomes and have a neutral-venue contingency.”
As things stand Liverpool are sitting at the top having last won a league title in the 1989/90 season, reclaiming the title after losing it to Arsenal in the final minutes of the 1988/89 season.
In the Champions League places along with Liverpool sit Manchester City, Leicester City and Chelsea.
While Manchester United , Wolverhampton Wanders and Sheffield United are close behind.
At the other end Norwich City, Aston Villa and Bournemouth are in the relegation zone with Watford, West Ham United and Brighton and Hove Albion just above them.
The Premier League title is not the only prize on offer as the Emirates FA Cup will return.