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Premier League approves contact training as Project Restart hits Phase 2

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Premier League approves contact training as Project Restart hits Phase 2

The Premier League took another step toward its restart Wednesday, as all 20 clubs voted unanimously to allow contact training as the league enters Phase 2 of Project Restart.

"Premier League shareholders today voted unanimously to resume contact training -- marking another step towards restarting the Premier League season, when safe to do so," the league said in a statement. "Squads are now able to train as a group and engage in tackling while minimising any unnecessary close contact."

"The Premier League's priority is the health and wellbeing of all participants. Strict medical protocols are in place to ensure the training ground is the safest environment possible and players and staff will continue to be tested for COVID-19 twice a week.

"Stage Two of the Return to Training protocol has been agreed following consultation with clubs, players, managers, the PFA (Professional Footballers' Association), the LMA (League Managers' Association) and the Government. Discussions are ongoing as work continues towards resuming the season when conditions allow."

The shareholders will meet again Thursday to discuss issues related to the restart, including a start date, television schedules and more, according to ESPN"s James Olley. Sources told ESPN that the June 12 return date now is viewed as too soon for players to build up their conditioning and that June 19 or June 26 is more likely.

The Premier League now has had 12 positive coronavirus (COVID-19) tests after the third round of testing, the league announced Wednesday.

All players and staff will be tested twice a week as the training continues, and the league will have discussions on contingency plans on what to do should issues arise.

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Some players have decided not to return to their clubs due to the risk of contracting the virus, including Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante.

The UK government is supportive of the effort for the Premier League to restart its season in a safe way following the guidance of public health officials. Play has been suspended since March 13.

Crystal Palace-Chelsea live stream: How to watch EPL game online, on TV

Crystal Palace-Chelsea live stream: How to watch EPL game online, on TV

Chelsea have won three of four since the Premier League's "Project Restart" began at the end of June, and they will look to keep the good times rolling Tuesday when they travel to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace.

The Blues (17-6-10; 57 points) recently have been led by American sensation Christian Pulisic, who has scored two goals in four games since the restart. The 21-year-old has seven goals this season.

Chelsea enters the match in fourth place in the Premier League table, one point behind Leicester City, who play Arsenal on Tuesday.

Palace (11-9-13; 42 points) have lost their last three Premier League matches, and sit in 14th place in the table.

Here's how to watch Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea live online and on TV:

When: Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 12:55 p.m. ET/9:55 a.m. PT
TV: NBCSN
Stream: NBCSports.com

Arsenal-Leicester City live stream: How to watch EPL game online, on TV

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Arsenal-Leicester City live stream: How to watch EPL game online, on TV

Arsenal will be looking for some revenge when they host Leicester City on Tuesday morning, as the Foxes have defeated the Gunners in three of their last four matchups.

Jamie Vardy and Leicester City enter the contest third in the table, just four spots above Arsenal. Vardy has nine goals in his last nine league matches against the Gunners.

Here's how to watch Arsenal vs. Leicester City live from Emirates Stadium.

When: Tuesday, July 7 at 3:15 p.m. ET/12:15 p.m. PT
TV: NBCSN
Live stream: NBC Sports