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Premier League confirm June 17 as return date following suspension

The Premier League have confirmed that the competition will “provisionally” return on Wednesday, June 17.

The first two fixtures to take place will be the outstanding games in hand as of the coronavirus suspension back in March.

To be played on the evening of June 17 are:

  • Aston Villa v Sheffield United
  • Manchester City v Arsenal

The news was reported by the Telegraph and BBC following a key Premier League meeting on Wednesday afternoon.

However, this information now carries the full ratification of the top-flight as well.

“Today we have provisionally agreed to resume the Premier League on Wednesday 17 June. But this date cannot be confirmed until we have met all the safety requirements needed, as the health and welfare of all participants and supporters is our priority. Sadly, matches will have to take place without fans in stadiums, so we are pleased to have come up with a positive solution for supporters to be able to watch all the remaining 92 matches. The Premier League and our clubs are proud to have incredibly passionate and loyal supporters. It is important to ensure as many people as possible can watch the matches at home. We will continue to work step-by-step and in consultation with all our stakeholders as we move towards resuming the 2019/20 season.” – Premier League statement

The weekend of June 19/20/21 is set to be the first full programme of football, with matches on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

As things stand, we do not know which matches will be played on that weekend, or indeed when the next FPL deadline will be.

Crucially, we do not know if the midweek fixtures on June 17 will comprise a very small Blank Gameweek or form part of a Double with the following weekend’s matches.

However, we now have more confirmation about the time slots used for matches.

Weekend matches will be scheduled as follows (all times BST):

Friday 20:00
Saturday 12:30, 15:00, 17:30 and 20:00
Sunday 12:00, 14:00, 16:30 and 19:00
Monday 20:00

Midweek matches will be scheduled as follows (all times BST):
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 18:00 and 20:00

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232 Comments Post a Comment
  1. gooberman
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Wow virtual FPL remarkably realistic. In real FPL, Pulisic was on fire banging in so many goals. I then got him and he proceeded to get blank after blank after blank. Exactly the same has happened in virtual FPL! Lol

    1. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Just wait for the Computer virus coming after GW29. 😀

    2. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Sold him in 22.

  2. jtreble
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    "Premier League confirm June 17 as return date following suspension". Nice. :).

  3. BNMC
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Vardy scores on the losing side, 5 attacks, 3 bonus.
    Auba scores on the winning side, 8 attacks, no bonus.
    You love to see it.

    (No complaints here, I'm a Vardy owner)

    1. Ragabolly
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Shots off target penalized..

  4. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    I thought Alonso to Laporte had worked out fine, but Laporte didn't even start!

    You couldn't write it.

    1. Ragabolly
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      He scored though 😀

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        If he had the CS points (and potential bonus) that would have worked out about evens.

        Wasn't a -bad- transfer but still worse off for it 😆

  5. ZLATAN'S PONYTAIL
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    So now that EPL is back, do we pick up from where we left off? I.e. points, rank, chips, etc?

    1. Berbs
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Points and rank almost guaranteed to be the same.

      Hopefully a FPL statement tomorrow or next week.

      1. ZLATAN'S PONYTAIL
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Fingers crossed 🙂

  6. TomSaints
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Damn, went TC on Sane. Right result, but not the corresponding big score =[

  7. Bielsa's Bucket
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    TOTAL FOOTBALL

    Monday 20:00
    Tuesday 18:00, 20:00
    Wednesday 18:00, 20:00
    Thursday 18:00, 20:00
    Friday 20:00
    Saturday 12:30, 15:00, 17:30, 20:00
    Sunday 12:00, 14:00, 16:30, 19:00

    These kick off times are wild. Going to have several hours to make decisions on transfers in some cases.

    1. Berbs
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      This may be a blessing in disguise moving forward. Can't see this schedule being anything but a success in terms of viewers and general enjoyment.

      1. Bielsa's Bucket
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        I was getting kinda sick of loose women and the chase replays.

    2. Karan14
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Great for us viewers!

      I'm guessimg FPL deadlines would be Fridays & Tuesdays.

  8. Fred54
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Stay Alert

    Protect your FH

    Earn Points

  9. FPL_DON
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Hi guys,

    Just logged into my fantasy after a long rest, are we still able to make transfers - seems like the game has finished?

    Thanks in advance!

    1. Fred54
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Game was suspended, pending on what the PL were doing. Obviously now the PL is starting up, will take the FPL awhile to restart and rewrite the game.

      1. moment
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        I don't envy the IT staff of FPL towers right now.

        1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          They must have been prepared for this scenario

          1. pricycle
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            They're probably all on furlough.

  10. BNMC
    2 months, 6 days ago

    5th vFPL red arrow in a row.
    They're all small reds but still a bit annoying.
    TC time?

    1. pingissimus
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      My last significant move either way was GW16. There’s a fairly broad template but with everyone returning so consistently it’s really hard to make any move.

      Loving the game and huge HT to Ragabolly but I sense the lack of DGWs BGWs and static prices are telling

    2. GreennRed
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Depends who you plan to TC.

    3. Nomar
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      I’m thinking of WC when Salah is back on Sunday, but GW29 looks ideal to WC.

      Auba can become Kane, Mane to Salah and I can get Doherty for the rest of the season.

  11. moment
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Right, so we get the games in hand out of the way first, either as a blank GW or as a DGW... But then assuming there'll be no DGWs henceforth? Or will the FA Cup / Champions League cause additional DGWs? If there aren't gonna be DGWs using Free Hit in the first week back seems a no-brainer...

    1. Rotation's Alter Ego
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      There will be midweeks available for FA Cup so I'd say a no on that front probably.

      Champions League is August, so a no for that as well.

      Guessing, therefore, that there will be no more blanks or doubles after the first gameweek back so FH might be smart. Could also be a drab and low scoring return to football with teams still lacking some fitness, which might make a FH (or BB) in the last gameweek of the season smarter.

    2. Fred54
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      No one knows regarding opening GW, but from a gaming POV a DGW would be a tidier start to proceedings, than a strange BGW. But yes, after that no more DGWs, expect midweek fixtures though as self contained GWs.

      FA Cup seems to been mentioned very little, maybe get finished at a later date. UEFA have already said thinking of August to finish UCL/Europa.

      1. moment
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Yeah, thinking more about it, FPL will want to incentivize everyone to get back in the game after the time off, and a "sucks to be you without any players" mini-gameweek isn't going to do that. So I suspect it'll almost certainly be a DGW.

  12. Hits from the Bong
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 6 days ago

    So does it makes sense to use free hit straight away and fill it with Villa, Man City, Sheffield Utd and Arsenal players?

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      We don't know until we see the fixture list and how that translates to GWs.

    2. GreennRed
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      There won't be another DGW opportunity and it'd be a waste of a wildcard if you have to take a load of hits for the next GW. Could be sound to go with your team as is and take a hit or two, save FH for later.

      1. Dont_Win_Friends_With_Salah…
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        I don't agree with this. FH is perfect for the first week, load up on double players, no need for transfers to get them out after.

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Depends on whether FPL give everyone a Covid19 Wildcard or not

          *If* they give out Wildcards, then it complicates FH for a DGW39 - in that you cant really wildcard AND Free Hit for the same GW

          1. Tinkermania
            2 months, 6 days ago

            What's the reason they would give an extra wildcard? I think it's just wishful thinking.

            1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              There's no guarantee they would give an extra WC, all speculation

              1. Tinkermania
                2 months, 6 days ago

                There is no reason why they should.

                1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  I understand you feel there is no reason that they should

                  But none of us can definitively speak for FPL unfortunately - they may feel Covid19 & the unprecedented disruption warrants a wildcard, they may feel free wildcards would dramatically bump up traffic on the site (£), or they may not

                  They may not even restart the game - so no guarantees at this stage unfortunately

                  1. Tinkermania
                    2 months, 6 days ago

                    Agree with you now. Especially the last point. As for wildcard, sounds like clutching at straws.

                    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      The only previous occasion where FPL gave out a free Wildcard was for the site crashing the morning of a deadline

                      So it'll just depend on how they feel about the current circumstances - the site crash was their "fault" whereas Covid19 could be considered more towards the "Act Of God" end of the scale

                      But the disruption certainly has been unprecedented, and unprecedented events may lead to unprecedented measures - or they may not - all speculation 🙂

                      To the OP's point though *If* they give out Wildcards, then it complicates FH for a DGW39 - in that you cant really wildcard AND Free Hit for the same GW

                      1. Tinkermania
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        I am aware of that wild card and it was early in the season. If they give another, I won't use it. Saying that because I am confident there is no good reason for them this time and the season is probably over too, fplwise.

                      2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                        • 10 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        Yep, your guess could be correct, on both counts - my personal guess (maybe its more of a hope) is that they will restart the game, less sure on the wildcard aspect but i could definitely see reasons for them going the wildcard route & vice-versa

                        Whether they will or not is anyone's guess though - oh to be a fly on the wall of FPL Towers at the minute! 😉

                      3. Tinkermania
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        Been nice chatting. Got work now. Just don't plan on extra wildcard or you will deservedly be disappointed. Later.

                      4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                        • 10 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        Always a pleasure 🙂

                        Still impossible for us to speak definitively on behalf of FPL at this stage unfortunately...

                        So just don't fall into the trap of thinking there are any guarantees (yet) on restart/cancellation/wildcards & other interesting areas 😉

        2. GreennRed
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Agreed. Less hassle coming towards deadline with lineups not known or potential price changes when you freehit. But an Aguero or Aubameyang TC could also be lucrative. More than one way to skin a cat as they say 😉

  13. sunnyh
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Back from hiatus! Hope everyone is safe and doing well!

    Havent made a single transfer since the stoppage - what are people generally thinking in terms of team planning?

    1. GreennRed
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Wait and see fixtures and some team news.

  14. Berbs
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Hypothetically, if we were to get a WC, what would yours look like?

    Bare in mind the first gameweek is most probably going to be a DGW for Aston Villa, Sheffield Utd, Man City and Arsenal.

    1. Berbs
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Looks like Kane, Son, Rashford and Pogba are back.

      Some very good differentials for teams who still have something to play for.

      1. how now brown cow
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Match fitness still an issue. First couple of weeks will be a guessing game for lineups.

        1. Berbs
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          5 subs too

    2. Klaren
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Ederson
      TAA Doherty O'Connell
      Salah KDB Son Martial Grealish
      Jimenez DCL

      Bench: Button, Nketiah, Maguire, Taylor

      This is the 1st draft but obviously might change a lot based on rest of the fixtures etc. If City has a good DGW fixture, will need to get a 3rd City player.

    3. ALI_G
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      FH not WC

      Hendo
      Laporte Lund Luiz Egan
      Sterling Jack Salah Sane
      Jimi DCL

      1. Klaren
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        I highly doubt Sane would get a start right away after being injured the whole season. He is likely to be eased in with appearances from bench for the first few.

    4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      I'd be looking at something like:

      Ederson
      TAA, Doherty, AWB
      KDB, Son, Bruno, Richarlison
      Rashford, Vardy, Jimmy
      (McCarthy, Lundy, Taylor, Hayden)

      Not a million miles away from it at the minute - have (Salah, Martial, DCL, Saiss) instead of (Son, Richarlison, Rashford, Doherty)

  15. brianutd-why always we? 20
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Still getting this message for how long hmmm ‘This game has now finished. Thanks for your interest, come back soon to select your squad for next season's game.‘

    1. Dr.Oftaw
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Last update was this
      We want to reassure FPL managers that we will provide further updates on the game when appropriate and we thank you for your continued patience.

      We can confirm that any chips you retain at present (e.g. Triple Captain, Bench Boost, Free Hit and/or Wildcard) would remain available for you, in accordance with the Game Rules.

      These are exceptional circumstances and we appreciate the understanding of FPL managers while the situation continues to evolve.

    2. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Its over. 38 fpl gameweeks finished.

      So much clutching at straws on here its hilarious. 99% chance no fpl again until next season

      1. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Are you basing that on an inability to set up extra GWs or are you just having a crap season?

        1. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 6 days ago

          The former. Had an okay season could be worse could be better

          1. Jon Walter's Hatty
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            You could end up right but I’d be surprised that its beyond their capability

      2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Im pretty sure you are wrong. FPL will continue 99% imo.

      3. brianutd-why always we? 20
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Quack quack ooops

  16. That Posh Bloke
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Are we gonna stop this whole fake FPL thing now? Cos the real thing is coming back and if we fake FPL chat mixed with real FPL chat I ain’t gonna have a bloody clue what’s going on. I feel like that Precog in Minority Report who’s just come out of the swimming pool and is asking ‘is this real? Is this now?’

    1. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Who said the realy thing is coming back? Fpl season ended mid may. Just enjoy the premier league or whats left of it

      1. That Posh Bloke
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        It will.

        1. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 6 days ago

          As reliable as me posting on my twitter that it won't come back

          1. TLF
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Don't be a fun sponge 🙂 good chance it'll be back, no harm in remaining hopeful, particularly on the day the prems return has been announced.

      2. Feanor
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Not even Bobb was this lame.

    2. FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Shut it, you posh git! You are not a man of the people. You don't speak for us. You'll never live like common people. You'll never do whatever common people do. You'll never watch your life slide out of you and then dance and drink and screw because there's nothing else to do.

      1. That Posh Bloke
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Thank The Lord for that!

        1. FPL Virgin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          This is a website for what John Lennon once called "Working class heroes".

    3. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      How dare you! It's called virtual not "fake". It's great fun and there is room for both. Learn to differentiate. 😀

    4. Wee Jinky
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      You gotta ask, is this the real life or is this just fantasy? Me personally? I'm caught in a land slide no escaping from reality.

  17. FPL Virgin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    The most attacking team in the league plays the team that has conceded the most attacks in the league. At home.

    Triple captain .... ACTIVATED.

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Have they conceded the most goals?

    2. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      The cool kids already used TC... on Mane 😆

    3. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Does home advantage even apply in empty stadiums?

      1. waldo666
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        It's still there but greatly diminished, imo.

      2. Major League Shocker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 6 days ago

        I'd bet on none. Bundesliga has had only 5 home wins so far out of 27 matches played.

    4. Rhinos
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      kdb looks like he'd prefer more than one chip

  18. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    What would your FH team look like if the first gameweek is a double?
    Surprised not to see any RMFHT’s. Here is mine.

    Reina/Heaton(3.9)
    Laporte Luiz Baldock Stevens (Targett)
    Salah KDB Pepe Grealish (4.3)
    Auba Aguero (Mousset)

    1. Rhinos
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      a fh team before we even know the fixtures. Kill me, now

      1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Yeah well. It's fun!

    2. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Looks pretty good to me. Except I'd avoid Villa defence and try to get Hendo in goal for triple SHU defence. Maybe downgrade Luiz if you need additional cash to do that.

      1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Thank you for your answer.
        I could downgrade Luiz but it would be for another Arsenal defender, preferably. Which one?

        Could downgrade bench to get Hendo instead but that would leave me with a 4.3m mid and two fodders.

        1. Major League Shocker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Not sure, I'm not an expert on Arsenal. I can't tell that anyone else is really nailed.

          Or maybe the best option is Leno in goal to have Arsenal defence, and then Lundstram in place of Luiz.

          1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Cheers mate

  19. Dino
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Whats the story with contracts now? Will some players be leaving and more coming in a few weeks after the restart?

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Probably extended until end of season for most. Plenty of time to get more info.

    2. Berbs
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Players and clubs have to mutually agree to extend until season ends, otherwise player becomes free agent

      1. Dino
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        That would have a big bearing on who we sign then. The likes of pogba or others who are looking to move might be worth staying clear of. Those out of contract won't want to be risking injury either. A lot of factors based on contract situation will cover into

        1. Dino
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          will come in to play*

          1. jason_ni
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Pogba is different, hes still under contract, be may leave after the season is over, but I'd say zero chance of him leaving before its ended.

            1. Dino
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Pogba is just an example of someone who might be high on another teams wanted list and someone who looked like he was agitating for a move, input any other player who could be a potential mover, aubameyang, Salah, kane, kdb, sane etc etc

        2. jia you jia you
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          As a side note I think Pogba will def stay next season, one big reason is that teams won't be able to afford him now for a while at least.

          1. jia you jia you
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            ..............McTominay..............
            ........Pogba...........Bruno.......
            James.....................Rashford
            ...............Martial.....................

            gives me hope of a decent team and decent football as a MUN fan!

  20. jia you jia you
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Wohoo the return of football...won't be the same with no fans but I've missed it so much!
    Back from my hiatus and checked in on my team...double Arsenal & double City attack as well as Fleck & Egan from SHU. Surprisingly well set up for the first GW of the return 🙂

    p.s. I hope that all of you, and your families, are keeping well...it has been a tough 2020!

  21. SIGGYMETIMBER
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    KDB, Aguero, Sterling, Auba and Grealish must haves for a FH?

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Ederson to become the first GK to score a pen, save a pen & keep 2 CS's in the DGW??

    2. Wee Jinky
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Virtual reality or real fantasy?