The return of the Premier League is drawing ever nearer.
After a lengthy three-month stoppage due to the Coronavirus, the league’s “Project Restart” plans to return to action are becoming more detailed. The fixture list up through July 2nd has been revealed, with some game times still set to change slightly.
Here’s the full list (in BST), with more games set to be scheduled for after July 2nd.
Weds 17th June
Aston Villa vs Sheffield United (6pm) Sky Sports
Man City vs Arsenal (8pm) Sky Sports
Fri 19th June
Norwich vs Southampton (6pm) Sky Sports
Tottenham vs Manchester United (8pm) Sky Sports
Sat 20th June
Watford vs Leicester (12.30pm) BT Sport
Brighton vs Arsenal (3pm) BT Sport
West Ham vs Wolves (5.30pm) Sky Sports
Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace (7.45pm) BBC
Sun 21st June
Newcastle vs Sheffield United (2pm) Sky Sports
Aston Villa vs Chelsea (4.30pm) Sky Sports
Mon 22nd June
Man City vs Burnley (8pm) Sky Sports
Tues 23rd June
Southampton vs Arsenal (6pm) Sky Sports
Tottenham vs West Ham (8.15pm) Sky Sports
Weds 24th June
Manchester United vs Sheffield United (6pm) Sky Sports
Newcastle vs Aston Villa (6pm) BT Sport
Norwich vs Everton (6pm) BBC
Liverpool vs Crystal Palace (8.15pm) Sky Sports
Thurs 25th June
Burnley vs Watford (6pm) Sky Sports
Leicester vs Brighton (6pm) Sky Sports
Chelsea vs Man City (8.15pm) Sky Sports
Wolves vs Bournemouth (8.15pm) BT Sport
Sat 27th June
Sheffield United vs Arsenal (FA Cup) (5pm) BT Sport
Norwich vs Manchester United (FA Cup) (8.15pm) BBC
Sun 28th June
Aston Villa vs Wolves (12pm) BT Sport
Leicester vs Chelsea (FA Cup) (2.30pm) BT Sport
Newcastle vs Man City (FA Cup) (6pm) BBC
Watford vs Southampton (4.30pm) Sky Sports
Mon 29th June
Crystal Palace vs Burnley (8pm) Amazon Prime
Tues 30th June
Brighton vs Manchester United (6pm) Sky Sports
Sheffield United vs Tottenham (8.15pm) Sky Sports
Weds 1st July
Bournemouth vs Newcastle (6pm) Sky Sports
Everton vs Leicester (6pm) Sky Sports
West Ham vs Chelsea (8.15pm) Sky Sports
Thurs 2nd July
Arsenal vs Norwich (6pm) BT Sport
Man City vs Liverpool (8.15pm) Sky Sports
All three of Tottenham’s games listed there will take place on a weekday. That’s usually grounds for fair complaints from the supporters, but these matches will obviously all take place without fans in attendance.
Each of those three initial Spurs games should also be quite challenging. United is in fifth, Sheffield United had been shocking the league and currently sit in seventh (just ahead of Tottenham), and West Ham always find motivation for a derby with Spurs, no matter what the Hammers current form is.
After those matches, there are still six Spurs matches that need to be scheduled. Those contests include a North London Derby with Arsenal and games against Everton, Bournemouth, Newcastle, Leicester City, and Crystal Palace.
Spurs have a bit of a hill to climb in the league table. The Lilywhites were struggling heavily when play was halted in early March. At the moment, Spurs are in eighth place in the table, with Champions League qualification seeming like a very tough ask for the squad.
But who knows what will happen after such an unprecedented amount of time off. If the Bundesliga’s restart is any indication, players will come back rusty and more prone to injuries. It feels unlikely given how the season was going, but maybe that will end up helping Spurs get over their struggles.
Expect the rest of the fixtures to be announced and confirmed soon as the league continues its discussions with TV broadcasters.