Changes to Premier League April Fixtures has been announced with Manchester City hit with a marathon of games for the month.
Pundits assumed the latest changes as announced could be a turning point in the Premier League title race.
Premier League champions Manchester City are more likely to bear the brunt of the latest jigsaw changes as announced by the Premier League.
After the team eliminated RB Leipzig from the Champions League to qualify for quarterfinals, they will now be playing eight Premier League April fixtures squeezed into the 30 days of the month.
Pep Guardiola will now have to bring his rotational ingenuity to bear to battle for the Premier League title and the Champions League title – the two sacrosant trophies for the star-studded side.
In contrast, the Gunners’ Europa League deadlock now appears as a blessing in disguise as Premier League leaders face a relatively less busy schedule than their title contenders – Manchester City.
Why are Premier League April fixtures changed?
The changes to the Premier League fixtures becomes necessary after English clubs sail through to the quarterfinals of Europe’s first-tier, second-tier, and third-tier club competitions.
Manchester City and Chelsea are in the Champions League quarterfinals. Manchester United are in the Europa League while West Ham sailed through to the Conference League last eight.
The Premier League announced the changes after the draws of the Champions League, Europa League, and Conference League to accommodate the teams in the three competitions.
There are eight matches lineup for Manchester City in the month while Arsenal has five fixtures.
This implies Pep Guardiola will play an equivalent of two matches per week for the month.
Manchester City Premier League April Fixtures and Champions League
Manchester City vs Liverpool
Southampton vs Manchester City
Manchester City vs Bayern Munich
Manchester City vs Leicester
Bayern Munich vs Manchester City
Brighton vs Manchester City
Manchester City vs Arsenal
Fulham vs Manchester City
Arsenal Premier League April fixtures
Arsenal vs Leeds United
Liverpool vs Arsenal
West Ham vs Arsenal
Arsenal vs Southampton
Manchester City vs Arsenal
Arsenal vs Chelsea
All Premier League April fixtures affected
Southampton v Man City (altered because of Manchester City Champions League match on 11 April)
Leeds v Crystal Palace
Liverpool v Arsenal
(After Southampton v Man City was moved)
Man City v Leicester
(Due to Forest v Man Utd moving)
Nott’m Forest v Man Utd
(changed becaue of Man Utd’s Europa League game on 13 April)
Leeds v Liverpool
Arsenal v Southampton
Bournemouth v West Ham (altered due to West Ham’s Conference League game on April 20)
Southampton v AFC Bournemouth (changed because of Bournemouth v West Ham moving)
Bournemouth v Leeds (changed because of Southampton v AFC Bournemouth moving)
Todd Boehly Reacts to Chelsea Draw with Everton
Chelsea are in the Champions League and are affected by the jigsaw changes in fixtures as announced by the Premier League.
The Blues seemed to have awakened from their slumber but were forced to surrender all two points by struggling at the dearth at Stamford Bridge against Everton.
Todd Boehly was obviously unimpressed and had exploded with an expletive when asked about the game as he heads towards his car from the stadium.
Rondezvoused and quizzed by a reporter who asked for his thoughts about the game, Todd Boehly replied
“S* f*ing game.”
He however toned down in his subsequent response but maintained he was disappointed.
“We did a lot well and we are disappointed with the goals we conceded, he said. “Really disappointed because we wanted to win”.
The result leaves Chelsea in the 8th position on the table, 11 points off the top four.