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EPL: King coronation impact on the match schedule



The Premier League schedule has been altered on matchday 35 due to the coronation of King Charles III.

With the ceremony for the King and Queen Consort taking place on Saturday May 6, fixtures have been moved around to avoid complications.

The fixture between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium was already moved back three days due to policing issues caused by preparation for the coronation.

Why is there no early kick-off on Saturday?

The King’s coronation is set to begin at 11am on Saturday at Westminster Abbey in London before a weekend of events in different areas of the country.

This means there will not be the usual 12:30pm kick-off in the Premier League as the coronation will be taking place at this time.

To accommodate for the coronation, fixtures have either been moved later in the day or to a different day completely.

When are the Premier League games taking place this weekend?

Other than the early kick-off, the Premier League schedule on Saturday is the same with four 3pm fixtures and one at 5:30pm.

West Ham and Manchester United face each other at 7pm on Sunday, Manchester City vs Leeds United was set to take place on this day but was moved due to their Champions League fixture against Real Madrid.

There is a very different schedule on Monday, which features a 3pm and 5:30pm fixture along with the usual 8pm kick-off

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Messi Won’t Find Life Easy In MLS –Rooney



Former Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has warned Lionel Messi that he should braze up for tough time in Major League Soccer (MLS).

Recall that Messi confirmed this week that he is joining Inter Miami as a free agent.

Rooney, who is currently in charge of DC United, is hoping that the 35-year-old’s MLS debut could come against his side.

Inter Miami are due to face DC United in Washington on July 8.

Rooney told reporters: “It’d be nice if we were his first opponents for D.C. fans to see him up close and for us to challenge ourselves against him.

“One thing I will say is that it’s not going to be easy for him. The league’s a difficult league, and I don’t think he’s going to come over here and absolutely tear it up immediately.

“He’ll have to adapt because it’s a bit different; it won’t be an easy ride for him.”

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UCL final: Guardiola afraid of Italian teams – Di Matteo



Former Chelsea coach Roberto Di Matteo has claimed that Pep Guardiola fears Italian clubs.

Guardiola’s Manchester City will take on Inter Milan in Saturday’s Champions League final.

The Premier League champions are favourites heading into the game in Istanbul, as they close in on a treble after they also lifted the FA Cup.

But Di Matteo believes Guardiola is a little bit scared of taking on Italian sides, knowing what a challenge they can pose.

He told Football-Italia: “You go to church with the whole team and pray; jokes aside, motivation makes the difference, and we had it. We were not fully fit, but convinced we could make it. Inter have the same spirit; they don’t look like a scared team.

“Guardiola is more than a coach; he is a visionary, but he knows how competitive Italians are and fears us.”

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Transfer: Real reason I didn’t join Saudi Arabian club – Messi



Argentina captain Lionel Messi has explained why he didn’t move to Saudi Arabia.

Messi, who played his last game for Paris Saint-Germain last Sunday against Clermont Foot, had been linked with a move to Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal.

The Argentina World Cup winner was also linked with a return to Barcelona, but he is now set to join Major League Soccer (MLS) side Inter Miami.

However, according to Messi, he opted not to move to Saudi Arabia because he had made his final decision to go elsewhere [Inter Miami] and not because of money.

“If it had been a matter of money, I’d have gone to Arabia or elsewhere. It seemed like a lot of money to me”, Messi told Mundo Deportivo.

“The truth is that my final decision goes elsewhere and not because of money.”

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