After 100 days in the wilderness, Premier League football returns on Wednesday. But not as we know it.

The last Premier League fixture played before coronavirus paralysed Europe was on March 9 as Leicester City swept aside Aston Villa 4-0.

In the months since, life as we know it has hit the pause button. After weeks of debate, top-flight football in England makes its comeback on Wednesday, June 17 with Aston Villa hosting Sheffield United and Manchester City facing Arsenal.

But there was a time when football’s return looked highly unlikely. So ensued a nationwide discussion about whether to restart the season, how it could be done and how to settle matters if games couldn’t be played.

The title is as good as wrapped up but the relegation battle is going down to the wire. With that in mind, we spoke to fans, podcasters and journalists of the clubs mired in a relegation battle to help document football’s return.

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