Premier League committed to resuming season from coronavirus shutdown

Premier League committed to resuming season from coronavirus shutdown

The Premier League reiterated its commitment to finishing the 2019-20 season after a meeting of all 20 clubs Friday, amid reports the league will formally vote on its return from suspension due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic next week.

“The [league] and clubs are considering the first tentative moves forward,” a statement read, “and will only return to training and playing with Government guidance, under expert medical advice and after consultation with players and managers.”

The 20 clubs will vote on a plan next Friday eyeing a June 8 restart, The Independent’s Miguel Delaney reported. Playing games at neutral sites is a key component of this plan, according to Delaney, with two clubs in favor of ending the season raising particular objections.

The Guardian’s David Hynter and Paul McInnes reported Thursday that teams are purchasing testing machines that can provide results within two-and-a-half hours. Though France’s Ligue 1, the Dutch Eredivisie and Belgium’s Jupiler Pro League have canceled the remainder of their seasons, Delaney reported that Ligue 1’s decision “only brought a renewed commitment to finishing this campaign.”

May 7 marks the end of the British government’s current lockdown measures, and the Premier League’s plan depends in part upon the expectation the government will ease certain social-distancing guidelines, according to the Daily Telegraph’s Sam Wallace. BBC Sport reported that players will be screened for symptoms daily and tested twice a week if social-distancing rules aren’t relaxed when training resumes, and those will be enforced at training grounds.

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The Premier League said in its statement Friday that it will consult with players and managers on any such plans, and some players have publicly expressed reservations about the risks of playing as the coronavirus continues to spread.

"The majority of players are scared because they have children and families," Manchester City star Sergio Aguero told Argentine TV station El Chiringuito (via BBC Sport). “ … They're saying that there are people that have it and don't have any symptoms but still infect you. That's why I am here at home. Maybe I have the illness and I don't even know."

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

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
Live stream: NBC Sports