Local fans rejoice Premier League return

Fadhil Yunus

With the English Premier League (EPL) set to return today following a three-month long break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, supporters in Brunei Darussalam expressed their excitement at the prospect of finally watching their favourite teams returning to action in one of the most-viewed leagues in the world.

Premier League ‘Project Restart’ will restart with relegation-threatened Aston Villa facing Sheffield United at Villa Park followed by Manchester City against Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium in a later kick-off.

Haimanshah, an avid Arsenal supporter, is highly excited to see his favourite club go against a Manchester City side, who will view the affair as a must-win game.

“I am beyond excited and passionately waiting to watch the comeback of the Premier League. I think it’ll benefit the Arsenal team since we have injured players that have recovered and ready to play against Manchester City,” said Haimanshah.

“It’s a perfect timing for us to play our first 11 players at the same time. Last but not least, I also can’t wait to see Arsenal’s progress under the new manager (Mikel) Arteta.”

The former Man City assistant manager will also face former colleague Pep Guardiola for the first time since leaving the Etihad last December.

Meanwhile, a keen Premier League follower Nazree said that it is only natural that Liverpool fans are excited with the restart as the Reds continue their pursuit of ending a 30-year wait for the Premier League title with only two wins needed to secure the crown.

“I am looking forward to the start of the league and really excited after months without football,” said Nazree.

The Premier League leaders hold a massive 25-point lead over nearest rivals Manchester City with nine games of the season remaining.

A Manchester United fan who goes by the name Bam predicted his team to seal a Champions League spot this season by finishing in the top four.

Manchester United are currently three points behind the Blues, who are fourth.

“We will push Chelsea out of the top four,” he said.

The Manchester United fan also quipped that he would have to beat his family members to the television to watch his team play.

Another United fan, Yazid, suggested that his team are in a good position to finish in the top four especially with the return of Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba, who are both yet to play a competitive match alongside United’s latest signing Bruno Fernandes.

“I cannot wait to see Bruno play with Pogba and Rashford. It will be very exciting to see these United’s main men play together. I think it will be a good show of football,” he said.

Fernandes has had a positive impact since joining United in January with two goals and three assists in five appearances.

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s men play Tottenham Hotspurs, who is managed by former United manager Jose Mourinho. A win for Spurs will put them level on points with fourth-placed Chelsea.