After a 99-day forced pause, the Premier League will return with two delayed matches of the 28th round.
The opening match of the restart will be held at Villa Park. Aston Villa, who are in 19th place, will host Sheffield United, fighting for a place in the Euro Cup. If the Birmingham team resumes the season with a victory, they will leave the relegation zone and be replaced in 16th place. Watford will take their place.
The first day’s central match will take place at the Etihad Stadium, where Manchester City will host Arsenal. The “Cityzens” will most likely use the remaining matches of the season as a preparation for the final stage of the Champions League. So, they’ll meet the renewal of the most prestigious tournament in Europe in optimal shape.
All injured players of Pep Guardiola have recovered. It will allow the Spanish specialist to rotate frequently, and there will be less risk of injury to the players. As for Arsenal, only Calum Chambers and Lucas Torreira remain in the London Lazarus.
For the time being, Liverpool is leading the championship, and before winning the long-awaited championship, Jurgen Klopp’s team needs only three wins.
In terms of the tournament table, the Merseysiders have nothing to worry about. Manchester City also have a chance to stay calm. They have a solid handicap with the 5th place. So, City are almost not in danger of relegation from the Champions League zone.
On the other hand, Leicester City and Chelsea will still have to fight for the place. Some teams continue to fight for the European Cups. So, most likely, the tension should continue until the end of the season.
It is noteworthy that after the renewal of the season, each team will be able to use five changes instead of three. Before the suspension of the championship, 9 percent of the goals scored in the Premier League are on the account of the players who have been substituted. That is quite a high figure, and most likely, this number will increase even more.