League Cup congestion forces change of date for City’s trip to Bournemouth
PUBLISHED: 14:26 17 September 2020 | UPDATED: 14:26 17 September 2020
Norwich City have agreed to move their trip to Bournemouth back two days, due to the Cherries progressing in the League Cup.
Bournemouth won a penalty shoot-out after a 0-0 draw with Premier League side Crystal Palace on Tuesday, to set up a trip to Manchester City on Thursday, September 24 - just 24 hours before they were due to host Norwich in the Championship.
However, the south coast club have announced that league game has now been pushed back until Sunday, September 27, with kick-off at 4pm - which will no longer be shown live by Sky Sports.
The third round tie had been scheduled for the Thursday by Manchester City due to them having a game on the Monday of that week, starting their top-flight campaign at Wolves having been allowed a later start due to their Champions League action in August.
It also couldn’t be pushed back to the following midweek, as the fourth round of the League Cup is due to be played during the midweek slot of September 29-30 - with an international break beginning the following week.
So as a result of that congested start to the season, with all four rounds of the League Cup being played during midweeks slots in September, City have had to agree to a switch to the Sunday.
The Canaries were knocked out in the first round by Championship side Luton so have had their midweeks free and moving to the Sunday doesn’t cause any particular problems.
The next game for Daniel Farke’s squad is at home to Derby in the league the following Saturday, October 3, followed by the international break.
The clash of two teams who have just come down from the Premier League had been chosen for coverage by Sky Sports but that will no longer be the case, although the match will be streamed on the websites of both clubs - with full details of the stream still to be confirmed by City.