Premier League returns: Storylines, how to watch, schedule

Ethan Cadeaux
NBC Sports Washington

After 100 days, the Premier League is finally back.

At 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Aston Villa hosts Sheffield United, and at 3:15 p.m., Manchester City will host Arsenal in a fan-less Ethiad Stadium as England's top professional soccer league returns amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Premier League is planning to finish the full 38-game slate for the 2019-20 season over the next six weeks, with the season concluding by August 1. There are 92 total matches to be played and the league will operate on a condensed schedule with each team competing in multiple matches per week.

Here's where everything stands as the Premier League resumes.

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Premier League Table

1. Liverpool, 82
2. Manchester City, 57
3. Leicester City, 53
4. Chelsea, 48
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5. Manchester United, 45
6. Wolves, 43
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7. Sheffield United, 43
8. Tottenham, 41
9. Arsenal, 40
10. Burnley, 39
11. Crystal Palace, 39
12. Everton, 37
13. Newcastle, 35
14. Southampton, 34
15. Brighton, 29
16. West Ham, 27
17. Watford, 27
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18. Bournemouth, 27
19. Aston Villa, 25
20. Norwich City, 21





















Storylines

  • Liverpool can clinch the league title, and the club's first Premier League title, with a victory Sunday and a Manchester City loss on Wednesday.
     

  • West Ham, Watford and Bournemouth are all tied with 27 points. The team that finishes with the lowest amount of points of the three will likely be relegated.
     

  • Both Tottenham and Arsenal have considerable ground to make up, should they want to qualify for the Champions League next season. Only the top four teams in the league automatically qualify, while fifth- and sixth-place teams qualify for the Europa League. One thing to keep in mind: Manchester City is in second place, but could be banned from Champions League competition by UEFA, which would open up another spot. 
     

  • How will the young Chelsea squad play? The Blues currently hold the fourth and final spot to qualify for the Champions League, but had been struggling a bit before the season was halted due to the pandemic.
     

  • Leicester have not had a top-four finish since they miraculously won the league in 2014-15. Currently in third, will they be able to keep their ground for the remainder fo the season?
     

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How to watch

NBC Sports and NBC Network will provide full coverage of the Premier League. You can watch every single second of every single game live online via NBC Sports.com, the NBC Sports App and by purchasing the "Premier League Pass" via NBC Sports Gold and the new Peacock streaming service from NBC.

The TV schedule for this week's fixtures is below.

This week's fixtures

Wednesday, June 17

Aston Villa vs. Sheffield United, 1 p.m., NBC Sports Network
Manchester City vs. Arsenal, 3:15 p.m., NBC Sports Network

Friday, June 19

Norwich City vs. Southampton, 1 p.m., NBC Sports Network
Tottenham vs. Manchester United, 3:15 p.m., NBC Sports Network

Saturday, June 20

Watford vs. Leicester City, 7:30 a.m., NBC Sports Network
Brighton vs. Arsenal, 10:00 a.m., NBC Sports Network
West Ham vs. Wolves, 12:30 p.m., NBC 
Bournemouth vs. Crystal Palace, 2:45 p.m., NBC Sports Gold


Sunday, June 21

Newcastle vs. Sheffield United, 9 a.m., NBC Sports Network
Aston Villa vs. Chelsea, 3 p.m., NBC
Everton vs. Liverpool, 2 p.m., NBC Sports Network

Monday, June 22

Manchester City vs. Burnley, 3 p.m., NBC Sports Network

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