Nearly 15 weeks since a ball was last kicked in England, Premier League football returns tomorrow as Manchester City, fighting to rekindle their dwindling title hopes, host Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium.
City sit comfortably in second place. With ten matches still to play, they are the only side who can mathematically catch runaway champions-elect Liverpool, although the Reds boast a 25-point advantage. It is a tall order for City, who cannot afford to drop many more points should they want to win a third consecutive title.
Their visitors, Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal, head to Manchester in 9th position, tangled in a mass brawl of clubs racing to reach Europe. The North-London side are only three points behind continental contention.
With so many matches left to be staged, it really is anyone’s to play for. The Gunners will be looking nervously over their shoulders as clubs even as far down as Southampton in 14th stand a chance of claiming the Europa League places.
Man City, off the back of four home wins from their last five, have been boosted by Leroy Sane’s return to training. The tricky German has been out with a knee injury since August 2019, but has since recovered and is looking likely to dive straight back into the action with an appearance on Wednesday.
Arsenal are without the likes of Callum Chambers and Lucas Torreira, but the three-month coronavirus break has brought about the hotly anticipated return of young left-back Kieran Tierney, who was plagued with a dislocated shoulder before the league’s suspension.
Spaniard Arteta told the press: “It’s going to be different with the number of substitutes we have on the bench and the number of changes we can make. We have to think about how we can do that.”
Meanwhile, fellow countryman and formerly his senior, Pep Guardiola, said: “He knows everything about us because it is the same at the moment as it was when he was here and he was an incredible, important part of our success in his years.”
He continued, “At the end, the players make it so if we are better, we will win.”
Where to watch
This crucial bout kicks off at 20:15, and is available for viewing on both Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event.