Aston Villa vs. Sheffield United
Venue: Villa Park
The English Premier League’s ‘Project Restart’ commences with a game at Villa Park involving teams at both ends of the table, struggling hosts Aston Villa and Sheffield United.
The game ought to have been played three months ago but for the untimely outbreak of the CoronaVirus in the country and its postponement has only delayed whatever eventualities that might decide both teams’ fate at the end of the season.
Villa, first from bottom are aware that a much-needed win takes them out of the bottom three, replacing 16th-place West Ham United. On the other hand, a victory for the visitors only strengthens their stunning European bid as they will move two spots into fifth-place, toppling both Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
Considering where both teams were just before the suspension of matches, we reckon the Blades have an upper hand in this fixture and possibly come away with an away win, coupled with the fact that the home fans will be absent in the stands, a major missing support system for Villa.
Prediction: Villa 1 – 2 Sheffield
Manchester City vs. Arsenal
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Mikel Arteta returns to the Etihad Stadium for the first time since departing Manchester City at the end of 2019 as an assistant manager at the club to take over the managerial reigns at Arsenal and he could be with a near fully-fit squad except for long-term absentees Lucas Torreira and Callum Chambers.
The Spanish manager was the first publicly known COVID-19 patient at the north London club, no surprise considering the Gunners’ squad met with the Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis in the aftermath of their UEFA Europa League exit at the hands of the Greek team.
However, time doesn’t seem to have done Arsenal much good as they lost to Championship side Brentford in a behind closed door friendly match in the build-up to the league’s restart, a result which has the fans apprehensive ahead of the visit to the about-to-be-dethroned champions.
The hosts will fancy getting a win, a result which doesn’t change their second spot on the log but rather opens a seven-point lead against nearest challengers Leicester City.
With Pep Guardiola having the complement of his entire forward cast, led by Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus and a fit again Leroy Sane, you can only feel sorry for a struggling Arsenal, as we tip City for a home win.
Prediction: Man City 2 – 0 Arsenal
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