Friday, September 29, 2023

Why is there no 12:30pm kick-off this Saturday? Premier League fixtures rescheduled for evening double-header

As Premier League fans settle down for another Saturday of football, they will be disappointed to notice there is no early kick-off this weekend.

The usual opening slot for top-flight action at the weekend is 12:30pm but there has been no fixture scheduled for that time. 

Man City take on Newcastle while Man United visit Spurs on SaturdayGetty

Instead, there will be two late kick-offs on Saturday evening, with Tottenham hosting Manchester United at 5:30pm and Manchester City taking on Newcastle at 8pm – live on talkSPORT.

Both fixtures have been moved for TV coverage but there is a likely reason as to why specifically Man City’s game was rescheduled. 

Why is there no 12:30pm kick-off this Saturday? 

The most likely reason as to why there is no 12:30pm kick-off in the Premier League is due to Man City playing in the UEFA Super Cup this week.

Pep Guardiola’s side take on Sevilla on Wednesday after the clubs won the Champions League and Europa League respectively last season.

The Citizens will have to travel to Greece for the game and with that game kicking off late, the squad won’t be heading back to the UK until Thursday. 

Man City will compete in the Super Cup after winning the Champions LeagueGetty

This means that they will not have enough recovery time to be playing in the early kick-off on the following Saturday afternoon. 

Therefore, City’s clash with Newcastle has been scheduled to be played at 8pm rather than 12:30pm. 

Of course, there may be another reason as to why the early kick-off has been scrapped but this seems the most likely. 

Unfortunately, either way, fans will be missing out on their early fix of Premier League football this weekend.

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