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The Merseyside derby’s time, day and venue is revealed as Project Restart continues to take shape

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Goodison Park will welcome Everton back in the next few weeks
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The Merseyside derby is set to take place on a Sunday evening according to a report from The Times, which lists the provisional kick-off times for the next three rounds of Premier League matches

On June 17, England’s top-flight will continue a campaign that was suspended on March 13 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with all remaining 92 fixtures taking place behind closed doors.

But the Blues will not take to the field for the first time since the suspension until Sunday, June 21 when they face Liverpool at 7pm BST.

Liverpool city council’s Safety Advisory Group (SAG) is to meet on Monday where they will decide whether the game will be held at Goodison Park. Premier League clubs have agreed to the use of neutral venues for certain fixtures for safety reasons, though the final decision will rest with the local authorities.

Last week, Merseyside Police said they would have no issue with the derby taking place at Goodison Park even if Liverpool were on the brink of securing the title. That directly contradicted the words of the head of UK’s football police unit, Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts of South Yorkshire Police, who said the game was among six that was deemed high risk and was expected to be played elsewhere.

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Everton will not host a Merseyside derby this season
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Next up for the Blues is a trip to FA Cup quarter-finalists Norwich City on Wednesday, June 24 (6pm BST), which will be the second of four games screened live on the BBC Sport, the first time that it will screen live Premier League football since the competition’s inception in 1992.

The FA Cup quarter-finals are the following weekend, means Everton’s next game isn’t until Wednesday July 1 at home to Champions League-chasing Leicester City, kicking off a 6pm.

Every one of the remaining 92 Premier League games will be broadcast live across Sky Sports, BT Sport, BBC Sport or Amazon Prime.

As well as the fixture list, clubs agreed to allow up to five substitutes during a game for the remainder of the season, though substitutions can only be made on a maximum of three occasions during a game. Matchday squads will be increased from 18 to 20 as a result.

However, no decision was made on how to decide the league should it be curtailed. Given the relatively low number of positives coronavirus tests among the players so far there is increasing confidence that the season will be completed, meaning they have kicked a potentially decisive can further down the road in the hope they never have to confront it.

Everton - Revised 2019-20 fixture list

Sunday June 21 - Everton v Liverpool (7pm BST; UK - Sky Sports, US - NBCSN)

Wednesday June 24 - Norwich City v Everton (6pm BST; UK - BBC One, US - Gold/Peacock)

Wednesday July 1 - Everton v Leicester City (6pm BST; UK - Sky Sports, US - NBCSN)