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Get ready for a Premier League festival of football like never before

"Audrey Chung" (2020-08-08)


250px-%EC%9D%B8%EC%82%AC%EC%9D%B4%EB%93%The covers are off. The ball is rolling. Touch your toes, reach for the sky, on your marks. Prepare yourselves for a summer of sport, albeit one like never before.

No strawberries at Wimbledon. No warm ale at extortionate prices and beer snakes in the Hollies Stand. No unseemly brawl in best bib-and-tucker by the champagne tent after the final race on the card at Ascot.

For football, no major international tournament, no crushing disappointment and soul-loathing for England. No circus of globe-trotting friendlies.






To the delight of many, including Liverpool players and fans, football is coming back in June









Here are all of the key dates and TV information you need to know ahead of football's return







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Instead, limber up for a mini-season like never before with a blur of 92 midsummer matches in the Premier League.

Behold Liverpool's peculiar procession towards their first league title in 30 years. It may or 드라마 다시 보기 사이트 may not be at Anfield. 

Unfortunately, it will not be in front of their passionate supporters. But it will be no more than Jurgen Klopp and his team deserve for 18 months of excellence.






Jurgen Klopp's side are six points away from sealing their first Premier League title in 30 years














The campaign is distorted but distorted for all. At least this way — and with no second wave of coronavirus — it can be settled in a sporting arena.

It will certainly seem freakish but we can immerse ourselves in a sprint for the top four. Or top five, perhaps, if Manchester City fail to overturn their UEFA ban.

Can Leicester City hang in there? Can Sheffield United or Wolves interlope? Can Frank Lampard finish an impressive first season at the helm at Chelsea? 

Will Manchester United's fine form since the turn of the year and the signing of Bruno Fernandes survive? 

Will Tottenham or Arsenal recover and be involved in Europe next season, whatever that is going to look like? It is nicely poised.






Can Jose Mourinho guide his Tottenham side to a top-four spot ahead of Chelsea and Arsenal?


Spurs were in a terrible run of no wins in six. By the time we resume it will be four months since their last win. 

With the return to fitness of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, they ought to benefit from the time-out.

But how will Jose Mourinho cope, unburdened by the excuses of injuries, no time to work and the distractions of other cup competitions?

At the bottom, after weeks of political posturing by those against the concept of relegation, the survival fight will reconvene.

It looks like any three from six but with an other-worldly element of the unknown thrown in.






At the bottom of the table, Newcastle and Watford are among those trying to avoid the drop














Those in good form have lost momentum. Watford became the first to beat Liverpool in the Premier League but that seems like another lifetime and Nigel Pearson's plans have been hit by positive Covid-19 tests and some players, including captain and talisman Troy Deeney, with concerns about a return to work.

Will Steve Bruce's Newcastle be energised or distracted by the Saudi takeover attempt? Will Leeds end their 16-year exile from the top flight? 

Will West Bromwich Albion, Fulham or Nottingham Forest be back? Or can Preston or Brentford reach the Premier League for the first time?

While there are no shortage of sub-plots in the Championship, the FA Cup is well set with four blue-chip clubs accustomed to finals and silverware in the modern era against four who have waited years for success in the world's oldest competition. 






The FA Cup will be returning in June - with clubs currently competing at the quarter-final stage














Newcastle have not won it for 65 years, Sheffield United not for 95, Leicester and Norwich have never won it.

Of course, it will not be the same. Not without the noise in the stadium to turn up the intensity. 

We will miss the joy of the shared experience. The heat of June and July will slow the pace and extra substitutions will break the flow.

Our summer of sport will lack quintessence but pull up a chair and keep your eye on the ball because there will be drama. There will something for football fans to savour. Who knows, we might even enjoy it.    






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