As negotiations continue over the potential resumption of Premier League football, Manchester City face a different situation to their top-flight rivals.
Project Restart is aiming to find a safe way of completing the season and fulfilling the remaining 92 fixtures. The majority of the sides have nine games remaining, but City have 10 to play after the postponement of their match against Arsenal in March.
That game was the first to be postponed, before the entire Premier League was suspended. However, it is unclear at this stage whether it will be among the first fixtures to be fulfilled if and when the Premier League returns.
Instead, it could be the case that the teams agree to return to action with gameweek 30 – the first full round of fixtures suspended in mid-March.
Premier League clubs are due to vote this week on implementing phase two of Project Restart – allowing close-contact and competitive training where safe. If approved, it would mark a positive step on the road to returning to action.
Reports say Premier League fixtures will resume on June with Man City’s postponed match against Arsenal, followed by a full fixture list the following weekend, then remaining fixtures played out over the summer months.
There is also the small matter of fitting in the outstanding games in cup competitions: City hold a first-leg lead over Real Madrid in their Champions League last-16 tie, while Pep Guardiola ’s side had been due to face Newcastle United in the FA Cup quarter-finals before English football was brought to a standstill.
In addition to waiting on confirmation that the Premier League season will indeed resume, there are still no details on when and where the remaining 92 matches would be played. TV coverage is still up in the air, and the behind-closed-doors nature of the remaining fixtures could have an impact. At the start of May, broadcasters began talks over potentially making certain matches free-to-air on streaming services.
While the dates and times of any outstanding matches are yet to be confirmed, we do at least know which fixtures City still have to play. As well as taking on champions-elect Liverpool, Guardiola’s side had been due to finish their season with matches against four of the Premier League’s bottom six.
These are City’s remaining fixtures:
Manchester City vs Arsenal
Manchester City vs Burnley
Chelsea vs Manchester City
Manchester City vs Liverpool
Southampton vs Manchester City
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