Man City fixture changes confirmed including Boxing Day, Arsenal and Man Utd clashes
Manchester City fixtures for December have been confirmed with a number moved for television.
The first Manchester derby of the season has, unsurprisingly, been switched for television and will now take place at 5.30pm on Saturday December 7 at the Etihad. City won last year’s fixture 3-1 with a 44-pass goal finished by Ilkay Gundogan topping off their superiority on the day.
After a trip to Croatia to round off their Champions League group, City have two more rearranged games before Christmas. Games with Arsenal (a) and Leicester (h) have been moved to Sunday December 15 at 4.30pm and Saturday December 21 at 5.30pm respectively.
Then comes Boxing Day and beyond.
Amazon has rights to show Premier League games for the first time this season. There are four different kick-off times on Boxing Day with four different kick off times of 12pm, 3pm, 5.30pm and 8pm.
And City’s game has been pushed back a day with the away trip at Wolves will now be on December 27 at 7.45pm, meaning City fans won’t have to travel the day after Christmas but their game at Molineux will come at the end of a working day.
That then has consequences for the two remaining fixtures over the Christmas period. The home match with Sheffield United, originally pencilled in for December 28, will now take place at 6pm on December 29 and the Everton game, originally set for New Year’s Day, will be on that day at 5.30pm.
That leaves the Blues with less than 48 hours rest between Wolves and Sheffield United. Guardiola was critical of the schedule two seasons ago, saying: “We’re going to kill the players. They play 11 months in a row. They have to protect them and play with quality and not quality. We have to think about the artists.
“I know it is not going to change but for what? Life would survive without playing every two days. Nothing would happen.”
January fixtures with Aston Villa and Sheffield United have also been picked for TV, being played on Sunday January 12 at 4.30pm and Tuesday January 21 at 7.30pm respectively.
City’s fixtures up to January
Tuesday December 3: Burnley (a), 7.45pm
Saturday December 7: United (h), 5.30pm
Wednesday December 11: Dinamo Zagreb (a), 5.55pm
Sunday December 15: Arsenal (a), 4.30pm
Saturday December 21: Leicester (h), 5.30pm
Friday December 27: Wolves (a), 7.45pm
Sunday December 29: Sheffield United (h), 6pm
Wednesday January 1: Everton (h), 5.30pm
Sunday January 12: Villa (h), 4.30pm
Saturday January 18: Palace (h), 3pm
Tuesday January 21: Sheffield United (a), 7.30pm