Premier League announce fixture changes after West Ham and Leicester progress in Europe… leaving Everton and Norwich facing the daunting prospect of playing twice in JUST three days in their fight to avoid relegation
- West Ham and Leicester have had some of their Premier League games moved
- This is due to their progression in their respective European competitions
- The fixture changes have affected relegation battlers Everton and Norwich
- These two clubs will now have less time in between their upcoming matches
The Premier League have confirmed three fixture changes for the coming weeks after Leicester and West Ham advanced to the semi-finals of their respective European competitions on Thursday.
Leicester edged past PSV Eindhoven 3-2 on aggregate in the Europa Conference League, and they will now face Roma over two legs for a place in the final. These matches are due to be played on April 28 and May 5.
As a result, their trip to Tottenham, which was originally scheduled for Saturday, April 30 at 3pm has been put back to Sunday, May 1 at a new kick-off time of 2pm.
Leicester have had two fixtures rearranged after beating PSV Eindhoven in midweek
This means Everton now face two games in three days – a potential concern for Frank Lampard
Their match the following weekend, a home clash with Everton, has also been rearranged and will take place at 2pm on Sunday, May 8 rather than 3pm the previous day.
This could be considered bad news for the Toffees, who will now face a quick turnaround in between games.
They are set to face Watford in a potentially crucial relegation battle on May 11, just three days after playing Leicester.
Meanwhile, West Ham progressed to the last four of the Europa League by seeing off Lyon 4-1 on aggregate.
West Ham also progressed in Europe by beating Lyon in France on Thursday night
Dean Smith’s Norwich will now play two games in three days next month
Eintracht Frankfurt now stand in the Irons’ way as they aim to make it to next month’s final in Seville.
David Moyes’s side were due to travel to Carrow Road to take on Norwich in a 3pm kick-off on Saturday, May 7, but this fixture will now go ahead at 2pm on May 8.
The Canaries find themselves in a similar position to Everton as they will now be tasked with playing two games in three days.
Dean Smith’s team will come up against Leicester on May 11 at the King Power Stadium, and this lack of time in between matches could potentially harm their chances of staying in the top-flight.
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