Sunday is a crucial day in the Premier League, as the cities of Liverpool and Manchester will be divided by red and blue.
But as the excitement increases, the derby day seems to be in jeopardy. The Met office has already warned that there will be heavy snowing from Sunday morning 5 a.m. and it is expected to snow throughout the day. (via The Independent)
Sunday sees Arsenal travel to Southampton at noon, after which Liverpool host Everton in the famous Merseyside derby at 14:15 hours. In the evening, United welcome league leaders Manchester City to Old Trafford to square off the Super Sunday in the Premier League.
The games are significantly in danger, with the Met office upgrading the weather warning from yellow to amber. This has increased the match safety concerns and substantially raised doubts about the travelling fans.
Both the Mancunian clubs have urged their fans to arrive early at the stadium, since they plan to open turnstiles two hours prior to kick-off. There will be additional security measures in place and the fans have also been urged to not bring any bags.
There will also be an alcohol exclusion zone in place. With the predicted early morning snowing, there will be enough time for snow settling in, raising concerns of the possibility of the match taking place.
Mourinho, in his press conference, however, looked calm, but also admitted that external factors could play a crucial role in determining the outcome of the game.
With an estimated eight inches of snows expected to fall in the north west part of England, it only remains to be seen whether the ground staff at Anfield and Old Trafford can make the pitch ready for Sunday’s derby.
Written by Sourish Saha
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