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Premier League: When does it return? Top players? Exciting title race?

The fourth major league to return to action in Europe is the Premier League. We provide a rundown of the state of play, schedule, players and more…

When is the Premier League returning?

The Premier League will return on June 17th. A midweek late afternoon return sees Aston Villa take on this season’s revelation Sheffield United. They will play the match at Villa Park at 6pm GMT. Right after it, a big clash awaits us. Manchester City will take on Arsenal at 8:15pm GMT at Etihad Stadium.

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How are games being scheduled in the league?

There will be at least four or five games out of seven days in a week from June 17th until 2nd July. Premier League have not set the last dates and times of the remaining fixtures yet beyond 2nd July. As for now, there have been released only provisional dates with the subject to change from 33rd matchweek until the end of the season. If everything goes as planned, it’s scheduled for the league to end on 26th July.

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Are Premier League teams playing at their own stadiums?

Yes. Premier League has announced that 20 out of 20 sides will continue to play home matches at their own stadiums with some exceptions to be made.

At first, police chiefs have set out six league matches to be played at neutral venues. They have requested fixtures like Manchester City vs Liverpool, Manchester City vs Newcastle United, Manchester United vs Sheffield United, Newcastle United vs Liverpool and Everton vs Liverpool. However, after council ruling out the Merseyside derby to be played at a neutral venue on 1oth June, it has now come down to only one fixture – Manchester City vs Liverpool. Nothing is still certain yet.

What time will kick off be in the Premier League?

The remaining matchweeks consist of weekend, Monday and midweek kick-offs. They schedule games for 6pm and 8:15pm. Saturday matches will start at 12:30pm, 3pm, 5:30pm and 7:45pm GMT. Sunday kick-off time is 12pm, 2pm, 4:15pm and 7pm GMT. They will play Monday matches only at 8pm GMT. Midweek kick-off time is 6pm or 8:15pm GMT.

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What is the state of play in the Premier League?

29 matchdays have passed so far this season before the enforced break. With the thrilling title race awaiting us, there is a superb reason to follow the remaining fixtures.

Liverpool are the current leaders with an astronomical 82 points and are a massive 25 points ahead of 2nd Manchester City. The Reds have won 27 out of 29 games played.

Upcoming weeks will be very decisive in the title race. In the best-case scenario, the Premier League could crown The Reds as champions right after the Merseyside derby on 21st June. In order for that to happen Arsenal would need to beat Manchester City at their own ground and Liverpool would need to secure the win against The Toffees.

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Behind the leaders, Manchester City sits in 2nd with 57 points, Leicester City sits 3rd with 53, Chelsea sits 4th with 48 and Manchester United sits 5th with 45. With just only nine rounds remaining it’s expected to see them sweat blood to qualify to next season’s European Cups.

At the foot of the table, Norwich City have a disappointing 21 points to their name. Aston Villa with 25 points and Bournemouth with 27 sit just above The Canaries. Brighton, West Ham and Watford are fearfully looking at the relegation zone as one loss can cost them their current position. Three teams get relegated from the Premier League and it’s likely to see Leeds and West Brom promoted to the top flight. Nothing is certain yet and the remaining Championship fixtures starting from 20th June will verify English teams’ form after a long break.

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What have been the talking points in the Premier League this season?

  • Mauricio Pochettino shockingly gets sacked by Tottenham Hotspur on 19th November. José Mourinho gets appointed as his replacement one day after.
  • Loris Karius ends his two-year loan deal with Beşiktaş in May and comes back to Liverpool after reporting the Turkish club to FIFA for not paying his wages on time.
  • Ayoze Perez and Jamie Vardy score both memorable hat-tricks in Leicester City’s humongous 9-0 away win against Southampton.
  • Son Heung-min starts his mandatory three-week military service in South Korea in April.
  • Manchester City receives horrible news in early April as Pep Guardiola’s 82 years old mother dies because of the Corona Virus.
  • Newcastle United enter £300m takeover by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund run by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
  • Bruno Fernandes completes his €55 million move from Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United on 29th January. The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani or Marcos Rojo have made the same move years ago.

Who are the top players in the Premier League this season?

  • Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) The Belgian is outstanding this season with the most assists in the league (16) and no too shabby goal record (8). The midfielder has been the core element of Pep’s master plan this season.
  • Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) Since joining The Foxes in 2012/13 season he hasn’t won any Premier League’s golden boot, despite getting close several times. The English striker is this season’s top scorer so far with 19 goals to his name and has a big chance to win a golden boot this time.
  • Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) The Egyptian magician doesn’t need any introduction. He has been phenomenal since joining The Reds in 2017 and nothing seemed to change this season with 16 goals and six assists in 26 matches so far.
  • Sadio Mané (Liverpool) The Senegalese has been a very important element of Klopp’s beloved M.F.S. attacking trio. He has 14 goals and seven assists so far this season.
  • Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) The English youngster is yet again on the way of breaking his new Premier League record. Only one assist separates him from this achievement as he is currently on 12, which makes him second-best assistant, right after KDB, in the league.
  • Dean Henderson (Sheffield United) One of the primary reasons Sheffield United has been rock solid in the defence this season with only 25 goals conceded. The Englishman can be also proud of the 10 clean sheets, which is second-best in the league. As his loan journey with The Blades ends on 30th June, he will return to Manchester United. Now the time will show If he could possibly overtake David de Gea in goal.

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Okan is currently working on his bachelor degree from Business&Marketing in Football. Okan is a huge sports enthusiast and fan of both Galatasaray and Manchester United.

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