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How the Premier League plan to deal with Arsenal, Man City & Aston Villa’s game in hand

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Premier League: Project Restart latest

On Monday, the 20 Premier League clubs held their latest meeting to discuss Project Restart.

It’s still unknown if the 2019-20 Premier League will resume. Also, no one knows if the league season can be completed.

However, on Monday, the Premier League sides agreed to resume training according to the newly adopted medical protocols.

The protocols have three phases:

1. Training drills in small groups

2. Begin contact training (yet to be agreed)

3. Resume full training (yet to be agreed)

Arsenal vs Man City & Aston Villa vs Sheffield United: Games in hand

When the Premier League was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, most teams in the division had played 29 games.

However, four clubs have a game in hand: Man City (2nd), Sheffield United (7th), Arsenal (9th) and Aston Villa 19th.

The Atheltic have revealed an interesting update from Premier League chief executive, Richard Masters, following Monday’s latest Premier League meeting:

Masters did say the “truncated schedule” would lead to some “interesting scheduling options”, so the suggestion that fans could be able to watch a game every day for seven weeks is a possibility.

In terms of which games will come first, Masters also admitted it would be a good idea to play any games in hand relatively early in the revised schedule, just in case the season has to stop again.

Here’s the bottom line: if the Premier League does resume, then the following matches are likely to be rescheduled:

– Aston Villa vs Sheffield United

– Arsenal vs Manchester City

When could the Premier League restart?

June 12 has been widely discussed as a possible restart date for the 2019-20 season.

However, the Athletic warn that the start date is probably going to be pushed back:

Many clubs now believe the weekend of June 19 or even June 26 may be a more likely return. 

So what’s next?

With so many issues still to finalise, the Premier League clubs have two meetings scheduled for next week.

The first meetings is set for May 26, and the second on May 28.

2019-20 Premier League table

# Team MP W D L F A D P
1 Liverpool FC 29 27 1 1 66 21 45 82
2 Manchester City 28 18 3 7 68 31 37 57
3 Leicester City 29 16 5 8 58 28 30 53
4 Chelsea FC 29 14 6 9 51 39 12 48
5 Manchester United 29 12 9 8 44 30 14 45
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 29 10 13 6 41 34 7 43
7 Sheffield United 28 11 10 7 30 25 5 43
8 Tottenham Hotspur 29 11 8 10 47 40 7 41
9 Arsenal FC 28 9 13 6 40 36 4 40
10 Burnley FC 29 11 6 12 34 40 -6 39
11 Crystal Palace 29 10 9 10 26 32 -6 39
12 Everton FC 29 10 7 12 37 46 -9 37
13 Newcastle United 29 9 8 12 25 41 -16 35
14 Southampton FC 29 10 4 15 35 52 -17 34
15 Brighton & Hove Albion 29 6 11 12 32 40 -8 29
16 West Ham United 29 7 6 16 35 50 -15 27
17 Watford FC 29 6 9 14 27 44 -17 27
18 AFC Bournemouth 29 7 6 16 29 47 -18 27
19 Aston Villa 28 7 4 17 34 56 -22 25
20 Norwich City 29 5 6 18 25 52 -27 21

Last updated: 1 min ago

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