The most competitive league in Europe is resuming with Arsenal travelling to face Manchester City at the Etihad on Wednesday 17 June. The Premier League is set to restart after its three-month suspension as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic even though fans will not be allowed into the stadiums for health safety reasons.
This fixture has already been postponed twice this year; first because Pep Guardiola’s side reached the Carabao Cup final and then again when Mikel Arteta tested positive for coronavirus on 12 March.
The boss’ diagnosis proved to be a tipping point for English football with the Premier League swiftly cancelling the following round of fixtures.
Once the league is restarted football lovers will have the opportunity to watch games almost every day till the season end. The FA aim is to complete all the 92 remaining matches by 2 August but not clear at this point how FA Cup clashes will fit in. On the same night, Arsenal will be playing the reigning champions, Aston Villa will take on Sheffield United.
Players will have to get used to playing in empty stadium as there is no plan to open the stadium to fans till the end of the season. Also, teams will now have the opportunity to substitute 5 players during the game. This new rule state that all the 5 subs must be done at most three times per team so that coaches won’t use it as a tactics for time delay.
Wednesday, June 17
Aston Villa vs Sheffield United
Manchester City vs Arsenal
Weekend of June 19-21
Aston Villa vs Chelsea
Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Arsenal
Everton vs Liverpool – Sky Sports
Manchester City vs Burnley
Newcastle United vs Sheffield United
Norwich City vs Southampton
Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United
Watford vs Leicester City
West Ham United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Do you think Arsenal can win Man City at home? What’s your match predictions?