Manchester City have confirmed eight Premier League matches have been swapped for live TV coverage, including two against their current closest rivals for the Premier League title.
The blues have already undergone a couple of changes in October, with City’s defence of the League Cup being pushed back to Thursday 1st November, owing to the match at Spurs now taking place on Monday 29th October, with kick off at 2000. This also means the blues home match against Southampton now takes place on Sunday 4th November with a 3pm kick off.
But now the Premier League and associated TV companies have added to the hectic Christmas and New Year schedule by televising eight more matches, and in some instances meaning long, late treks for dedicated supporters.
On 8th December, the blues travel to Vicarage Road to face Watford. TV companies are clearly hoping for goals as City have won their last two visits to Watford, with an aggregate score of 11-0. Four days later, the blues return to the south and a big match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. That math kicks off at 1730pm. A week later, the blues have an early kick off in their home match with Everton (1230). On 30th December, the bleus travel to Southampton for a 2.15 kick off.
City’s possible crunch home match with Liverpool will be shown live on Tuesday 3rd January, which comes with a 2000 kick off, followed by a change to the home Wolves match, which will be shown on Monday 14th January. However, if either team is involved in an FA Cup replay, the match will be played on Sunday 13th January with a 12pm kick off.
The last two changes are both away matches. City’s game at Huddersfield will now be on Sunday 20th January with a 1330 kick off, while blues fans are in for a long, midweek trip to St James’s Park to face Newcastle, which will now be played on Tuesday 29th January with an 8pm kick off.