The fireworks will resume tonight after close to about 100 days of suspension of the English Premier League following the outbreak of the COVID 19 pandemic which affected major leagues in Europe and across the world.
The season which would have ended in May had to be suspended with about 10 games to go and Liverpool looking set to win their first title in several years.
The resumption of the remaining fixtures comes after deliberations from Chief Executives of all 20 clubs who have found a way out to end this season.
The remaining fixtures in the English premier League will be played behind closed doors in line with the World Health Organisation protocols on the COVID 19 pandemic.
Teams have gone into isolation since the announcement of resumption of the English premier league and players on the substitution bench will wear face masks.
Celebrations of goals will adhere to physical distancing guidelines as measures have been put in place to ensure safety of the players.
Tonight’s fixtures will feature Aston Villa Vs Sheffield United while Manchester City lock horns with Arsenal in the other fixture. All matches will be played by 8pm.
Arsenal under Coach Mikel Arteta have found a new rythm as they lie eight points behind fourth placed Chelsea going into tonight’s game. The improved league standing of the team gives a psychological edge going into tonight’s game as the look forward to sustaining the momentum especially with a quarter final fixture in the FA Cup is yet to be played.
Arsenal won three straight matches before the league was suspended.
For Pep Gourdiolla and his Manchester City side, the league looks a far dream to achieve sitting 25points behind run away leaders Liverpool. These are indeed testy times for the team as they have much to play for in other competitions especially in the UEFA Champions League and the FA Cup. Manchester City needs to sustain the momentum to keep hope of finishing second place in the league alive.
Aston Villa Manager Dean Smith knows he has a herculean task against an inform Sheffield United tonight. The team is fighting a relegation threat with six of their ten remaining games to be played at home in the English Premier league.
Dean Smith says the break has given him the opportunity to reassess his team for the rest of the season.
For Sheffield United, it’s been a great season and Manager Chris Wilder knows that his team must win tonight to keep hopes of a continental appearance next season. The team could push into fifth place tonight if they win Aston Villa.
All matches will be played behind closed doors in the English Premier league.