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9 Premier League games postponed…so far

1 month ago
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We now have a growing number of Premier League games that have been called off due to Covid cases at various clubs.

It started with Brighton v Tottenham last Sunday and now the total is up to nine Premier League games postponed…so far.

That total of nine, includes five Premier League games this weekend, half the intended schedule of top tier matches.

Managers have voiced differing opinions so far, with Jurgen Klopp thinking that games should continue to be played if possible, whilst Thomas Frank believes there should be a complete break with all matches cancelled for a certain period, the Newcastle United Head Coach has also had his say ahead of Sunday’s (intended!) match against Man City.

Eddie Howe talking about Premier League games affected by Covid cases:

“I don’t think we want half the games played and half not.

“The [Premier] League loses something if it becomes disjointed, in terms of [number of] games played.

“When you start losing players, the worry is that the competition becomes unfair.

“A decision needs to be made to ensure that integrity is maintained.”

The Premier League have called an emergency virtual meeting of club bosses on Monday to discuss the situation, with virtual meetings of all 20 managers and club captains to follow.

Meanwhile, The Mail have quoted an expert in public health, who has told them that there will be no benefit from a shutdown and that the Premier League must prepare for an estimated six weeks of chaos to the end of January.

My personal view is that if matches can be played, then they should be played.

If you had a break with all games cancelled for a certain period, then you could have a crazy situation where matches that could have been played, end up unable to be played due to Covid cases AFTER any period of all games having been postponed.

It is a bit like when they used to talk about having a proper winter break in England / Premier League when we have had periods of loads of snow in the past. You can never predict when the snow (or Covid cases) will impact. So you could have a winter break for however many weeks and then as soon as it has ended, the snow comes.

The Premier League games cancelled so far:

Sunday 12 December

Brighton v Tottenham

Tuesday 14 December

Brentford v Man Utd

Wednesday 15 December

Burnley v Watford

Thursday 16 December

Leicester v Tottenham

Saturday 18 December

Man Utd v Brighton

Southampton v Brentford

Watford v Crystal Palace

West Ham v Norwich

Sunday 19 December

Everton v Leicester

Grateful if you can answer our poll question on what you think should happen…


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