How will the Premier League finish? Project Restart explained
Will the Premier League finish? How will it be decided? And which games can you watch for free? Our guide to Project restart covers it all.
What is Project Restart?
‘Project Restart’ is the official name of the Premier League’s attempt to complete the 2019/20 campaign, after the season was suspended due to the Coronavirus pandemic in March 2020.
It was announced on Thursday 28 May that talks between the clubs had been broadly successful and that the season would be completed.
When will the Premier League restart?
The Premier League will restart with two outstanding games in hand, Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal, on Wednesday 17 June.
A full programme of fixtures will then begin from Friday 19 June.
How many Premier League games are left?
There are 92 matches to be played between now and the end of the Premier League season.
Two of those are outstanding games in hand, Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal, with each team’s nine remaining fixtures accounting for the other 90.
How will the Premier League be decided?
If all goes to plan, the Premier League table will be decided relatively conventionally. All teams will play their 38 scheduled fixtures, as many of which will be played at home and away venues as possible.
Liverpool are 25 points clear of second-placed Manchester City and seem almost certain to win the Premier League title for the first time, while there is still everything to play for in the race to qualify for Europe and avoid relegation.
If the season has to be suspended again, it seems unlikely that there would be an attempt made to restart once more.
Clubs will vote for how they would like the league to be decided in this instance, with points per game seemingly the most popular option.
Will the Premier League be null and void?
It seems very unlikely that the Premier League season will be declared null and void.
The league will either be decided by all of the games being played, or by another method.
Will Premier League games be free to watch?
A plan is in place for all of the remaining 92 Premier League fixtures to be broadcast live on TV.
Of those 92, it seems that 33 will be free to watch.
Sky Sports are broadcasting 64 of the remaining 92 matches, and are planning to make 25 of those free-to-air via their Pick channel.
Amazon are making their four allocated matches free-to-air, and the remaining four free-to-air matches will be live on the BBC.
Which Premier League games will be on the BBC?
The BBC will be broadcasting four of the remaining 92 Premier League matches live.
The full schedule has not yet been released, but reports suggest that their first live match will be Bournemouth v Crystal Palace on Saturday 20 June.
Are Premier League matches behind closed doors?
Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, all of the remaining Premier League matches will be played behind closed doors.
It is reported that around 300 people will be allowed inside the stadium for each match, including players, staff, officials, club executives, broadcasters and the press.
Why might Premier League games be played at neutral grounds?
In consultation with the police, the Premier League have identified a few of the remaining Premier League fixtures as high-risk, where there is a fear that supporters of the teams will break rules by congregating outside stadiums.
There is a chance that those fixtures will be played at neutral venues.
Those fixtures include Everton v Liverpool, Manchester City v Liverpool, Newcastle v Liverpool, Manchester City v Newcastle, Manchester United v Sheffield United and the game in which Liverpool could secure the league title.
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