It has been confirmed that the Premier League will officially return on the 17th of June 2020.
This follows the league’s suspension due to the global Covid-19 pandemic on the 13th March.
This comes after top flight clubs had progressed (despite widespread opposition) from socially distanced training, increasing to full contact training just this week.
In a quirk of the divisions proposed restart, Villa will be amongst the first of two games held on the 17th June.
Villa, along with Sheffield United, Manchester City and Arsenal have to make up an additional game in hand over the league’s other sides.
The remainder of the Premier League will resume from the 19th June with a full fixture list to be confirmed in due course.
It has been reported that there have been no objections in principle to the proposed restart, with ‘most clubs keen to restart’.
Games will be played behind closed doors, with fans suspecting an imminent announcement yesterday (27th May 2020) as Villa released official information detailing how supporters could obtain season ticket refunds for the remaining six home games.
The last time a top flight game was held in June dates back to 1947. Villa finished 8th in that old ‘First Division’, the first campaign to have a full fixture list since the 1939 season.
Back to 2020; Villa will now need to prepare for a vital clash against Sheffield United, whilst currently occupying the relegation spots, alongside Norwich and Bournemouth.
The fight for survival, therefore, re-commences on the 17th June, with the final games to take place on or around the 1st of August.
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