Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne, John Stones return from injuries

Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne, John Stones return from injuries

Manchester City's game at Wolves has been pushed back from Boxing Day to December 27, kicking off at 7.45pm.

Manchester City have criticised the Premier League's changes to the Christmas fixture list, arguing that their congested schedule threatens the "sporting integrity" of the English top-flight.

City will have less than 48 hours to prepare for their home game with Sheffield United at 6 p.m. on December 29 after playing Wolves at Molineux at 7.45 p.m. on December 27.

"Our biggest concern is that our Boxing Day fixture away at Leicester City could be 8pm - that's very bad - with public transport difficulties, the expense, late returns and beyond".

Manchester United take on Newcastle United at 5:30pm and then we finish the footballing feast with Leicester City's visit of Liverpool at 8pm on the King Power Stadium.

League leaders Liverpool, meanwhile, have an extra day to prepare as they face Leicester away on Boxing Day at 8pm before hosting Wolves at 4.30pm on 29 December.

Omar Berrada, the club's chief operating officer said: 'We're disappointed the schedule is so tight.

"Insiders" at the Premier League claim the issues have arisen due to the fact that this is the first time three broadcasters - Amazon, Sky Sports and BT Sport - have possessed packages, while there are also three separate rounds of fixtures where all 10 games will be shown live.

"We also need to make sure that we protect the players' wellbeing, the sporting integrity of the league, and the quality of the product".

"The Premier League and TV companies repeatedly ignore the welfare of supporters". But they do have a chance to redeem themselves.

"Spirit of Shankly call on the authorities to do the right thing and revert all Boxing Day fixtures to a sensible kick-off time of 3pm".

"Broadcasters' impact on supporters, leaving match-going fans out of pocket on numerous occasions last season, has been a growing problem in recent years as the number of televised games has increased".

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