The Premier League will officially restart on Wednesday, June 17th with Aston Villa hosting Sheffield United and Manchester City hosting Arsenal, according to a report from Jason Burt of The Telegraph.
Those two matches are set to be played first as they are the two remaining games in hand to be played in the league.
The games were not played before the break in football as they were originally scheduled to be played on the weekend of February 29th, but they had to be rearranged due to the involvement of Villa and City in the Carabao Cup final.
The aim seems to be to have teams having played equal numbers of games through the remainder of the season, just in case anything happens which leads to another stoppage, one that would almost certainly see the season curtailed.
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Given the success so far of the league’s testing policy, it’s great to see that we are heading to a point where games can be played again, albeit behind closed doors.
Barring any setbacks, ones that nobody wants given the devastation we’ve already seen across the globe, the Gunners will restart the campaign with one of the toughest games of the season.
Travelling to the current champions will be a tough test at any point, but after a period of inactivity, anything could happen.
Mikel Arteta obviously knows Man City well and he might be able to use his time to plan something to beat his former employers, but if the likes of Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne are fit and firing ahead of the restart, his side could be in for a very tough evening in Manchester.