Premier League announce late fixture changes to Man City clash as West Ham get match moved to help in Europa League bid
WEST HAM’S league game against Manchester City has been given a new kick-off time.
That’s after the Hammers appealed to Prem chiefs to boost their Europa League hopes this month.
The crunch clash in London will still be played on Sunday May 15.
However, the kick-off time has been brought forward from 4.30pm to 2pm.
That’s because the Europa League final is just THREE days later on Wednesday May 18.
And the couple of extra hours will prove vital to West Ham for their preparations.
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But that’s only if they can stage a historic comeback against Eintracht Frankfurt in the second leg of the semi-final showdown.
The Germans won last week’s first leg 2-1 in the capital.
And West Ham will be looking for an epic repeat of their 1976 classic against Frankfurt, with Trevor Brooking inspiring a turnaround to win the European Cup Winners’ Cup.
The fixture change is unlikely to bother City, who won November's reverse game 2-1 at the Etihad.
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That's because the Champions League final not until Saturday May 28, which City are currently on course to make as they lead Real Madrid 4-3 in the semis ahead of Wednesday's second leg.
However, to accommodate the time switch, Everton’s survival battle against Brentford will instead start at 4.30pm on Sunday May 15 instead of its original 2pm slot.
Frank Lampard’s men gave their relegation fight a huge shot in the arm by beating Chelsea on Sunday.
And Brentford have virtually guaranteed their Premier League safety despite losing 3-0 at Manchester United last night.
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