The English Premier League is expected to resume on June 17 after the campaign was suspended on 13 March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The premier league clubs have all agreed to restart the campaign on June 17 with the games in hand set to be played first while a full round of fixtures will follow on June 19 and 20.
According to a statement released by the league, the dates were discussed at the meeting of clubs on Thursday.
The opening matches will pit Marvelous Nakamba’s Aston Villa at home to Sheffield United and Manchester City hosting Arsenal.
The Premier League is hoping to complete the season by the weekend of August 1 and 2 with all the remaining games to be played behind closed to minimize the risks of coronavirus transmission.
The statement reads: “Premier League Shareholders today agreed to a new provisional restart date for the 2019/20 season of Wednesday 17 June, provided that all safety requirements are in place.
“Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal, postponed due to the Carabao Cup final, will now take place on 17 June, followed by a full match round beginning on Friday 19 June.
“Due to COVID-19, matches will take place behind closed doors.”
Meanwhile, clubs unanimously voted to resume contact training on Wednesday, having started non-contact training last week.
Scheduled kick-off times
Weekend matches will be scheduled as follows (all times CAT):
Saturday 13:30, 14:00, 18:30; 21:00
Sunday 13:00, 15:00, 17:30; 20:00
Midweek matches will be scheduled as follows (all times BST):
Tuesday 17:00; 21:00
Wednesday 19:00; 21:00
Thursday 19:00; 21:00- Soccer 24