The English Premier League title race could take yet another turn after some changes have been made to the fixtures.
The Premier League season is moving towards its conclusion with a handful of games left.
Arsenal currently have an advantage in the title race, leading Manchester City by four points.
However, Guardiola’s side have played one game less.
Mikel Arteta’s sides are currently top of the league table with 74 points after playing 31 matches.
With schedules being altered, the pursuit of the race to lift the Premier League trophy at the end of May between Arsenal and Manchester City will be intriguing to watch.
The Premier League have made changes to the schedule, moving some games, including Arsenal and Manchester City fixtures around.
Arsenal’s penultimate clash against Nottingham Forest on May 20 will now be played at 5:30 pm.
The latest change in the fixtures came after the Gunners had suffered back-to-back draws, playing 2-2 in both ties against Liverpool and West Ham.
The draws have seen Arteta’s side have their eight-point lead at the top of the league table lessened to just four.
Pep Guardiola’s City, who have 70 points with one game at hand, will have to wait till the following day before they can respond to the result put up by Arsenal as their match with Chelsea has been rescheduled to take place on May 21 at 4 pm.
With the circumstances surrounding the gap between Arsenal and Manchester City, the fixtures could decide the fate of both teams in the Premier League title race.
If matches go well for Arsenal, the Gunners could have a seven-point lead by the time they lock horns with Manchester City on April 26, with the potential to extend their lead to 10 points with a victory.
Other EPL fixtures
Elsewhere, Tottenham’s match against Brentford has been moved to Saturday’s early kick-off slot, May 20 at 12:30 pm.
While West Ham United will take on Leeds on Sunday, May 21 with kickoff scheduled for 1.30 pm.
Newcastle United’s postponed fixture against Brighton will now take place on Thursday, May 18 at 7.30 pm, they will then clash with Leicester the following Monday, May 22nd at 8 pm.
Consequently, Brighton have also seen their derby against Southampton moved to 2 pm on Sunday, 21st of May.
The Premier League gave reasons for the delay in announcing the changes to be “difficulties obtaining relevant local stakeholder approvals.”
Their statement read: “The Premier League understands the importance of these announcements to supporters and apologizes for the delay.
“Finalising these selections took longer than expected due to difficulties obtaining relevant local stakeholder approvals.”
Arsenal vs Manchester City EPL clash
Pep Guardiola’s reigning champions have one game in hand, and they will face Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on April 26 in a match that could decide who wins the Premier League title.
Manchester City have kicked into a frightening form in recent weeks, having won eight of their last nine Premier League outings – including a 3-1 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates.
However, Mikel Arteta’s Gunners are not in a poor state themselves having won seven of their last nine Premier League matches after City’s defeat, and they have drawn their last two.
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