Premier League friendlies
There are only 9 days remaining before the 2019-20 Premier League resumes.
On June 17, Man City take on Arsenal while Aston Villa travel to face Sheffield United.
As the resumption date draws ever closer, Premier League clubs are stepping up their training regimes.
Accordingly, some Premier League clubs returned to action last weekend in warm-up games, and others will start competing again this week.
Tottenham vs Norwich
As confirmed by the Telegraph, Tottenham are set to play Norwich on Friday, June 12, in a warm-up game.
Norwich are rock-bottom of the Premier League on 21 points. The Canaries are 6 points behind Watford and West Ham, who sit just outside the drop zone.
Tottenham are 8th in the division on 41 points. Spurs are 7 points behind Chelsea in 4th.
The Telegraph have reported the following on the Spurs-Norwich fixture:
Jose Mourinho has lined up a friendly for his Tottenham side to face Norwich on Friday as he steps up plans to resume the season later this month.
Full games will also help prevent injuries during a period which is similar to a pre-season. The guidelines for playing teams has been to be within 90 minutes of travel, which works for Spurs and Norwich.
Another rule to know about these friendly games: teams can only face opponents who they have played twice in the Premier League already.
Tottenham have actually faced Norwich on three occasions in 2019-20: in the two league matches this season, the games finished Norwich 2 – Spurs 2, and Tottenham 2 – Canaries 1. Norwich also beat Tottenham on penalties in the FA Cup.
— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 7, 2020
Leicester to face rivals Aston Villa
According to LeicestershireLive, Leicester City are set to face Aston Villa this week in another high-profile friendly.
Leicester are 3rd in the Premier League on 53 points, while Aston Villa are second-bottom of the standings with 25 points.
It’s unclear which day this week Leicester hope to face Villa. LeicestershireLive report:
LeicestershireLive understands that City have been speaking to a number of clubs about the possibility of a friendly, with a match now lined up against Villa on an unspecified date.
Manchester United & Liverpool
On Sunday, we reported on upcoming warm-up games for Manchester United and Liverpool.
Liverpool are planning to play Championship side Blackburn Rovers this week.
As for Man United, they are lining up a match against promotion hopefuls West Brom.
This article was edited by Benjamin Newman.