Half of the Premier League games scheduled for the December 18th/19th weekend have now been postponed due to an ever-expanding COVID outbreak.
As COVID-19 continues to sweep through the Premier League, four more games have been called off, taking the total number of postponements to five. It had already been confirmed that Manchester United’s home clash against Brighton & Hove Albion had been cancelled.
You can find the full list of postponements below.
- Southampton vs. Brentford
- Watford vs. Crystal Palace
- West Ham vs. Norwich
- Everton vs. Leicester City
The news comes after Brentford manager Thomas Frank had earlier called for all Premier League fixtures to be put on hold until the various outbreaks could be contained.
“The COVID cases are going through the roof at all Premier League clubs,”
“Everyone is dealing with it and everyone has a problem at this moment in time.
“To postpone this round [of Premier League games] and the Carabao Cup would give everyone a week at least to clean and do everything at the training ground so everything is fine and we break the chain at every club.”
There have now been a total of nine postponements in less than a week with earlier fixtures Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Tottenham, Brentford vs. Manchester United, Burnley vs. Watford and Leicester vs. Tottenham all falling by the wayside.
Manchester City currently top the table after hitting Leeds United for seven at home on Tuesday. Liverpool remain just one point behind the defending champions after coming from behind to beat Newcastle United at Anfield, with goals from Jota, Mo Salah and Trent Alexander Arnold.
Meanwhile, Chelsea’s indifferent run continued as they dropped more points after being held by Everton.
At the other end of the table, Norwich remain in trouble following defeat to Aston Villa, with Newcastle only ahead of them on goal difference. Burnley have slipped into the bottom three but have two games in hand over many of the teams around them.