Aston Villa’s Premier League conflict with Tottenham has been postponed as Villa proceed to cope with a coronavirus outbreak – and Spurs will as an alternative play Fulham on Wednesday.
Villa have been pressured to shut their Bodymoor Heath coaching floor final week after a “significant” outbreak which noticed 10 first-team gamers pressured to self-isolate.
Dean Smith’s workforce had to discipline their youth workforce for his or her FA Cup tie with Liverpool, which they misplaced 4-1, and with the state of affairs exhibiting no indicators of enchancment, Wednesday’s match with Spurs has been known as off.
The Premier League confirmed Spurs will as an alternative play Fulham on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on the identical time on Wednesday. The match was initially postponed on December 30.
As a results of the re-arrangement, Fulham’s match in opposition to Chelsea strikes from Friday to 5.30pm on Saturday, dwell on Sky Sports, whereas Villa vs Everton strikes from Saturday to noon on Sunday, additionally dwell on Sky Sports.
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A Premier League assertion learn: “Following Aston Villa’s request to rearrange the fixture, and due to the number of players and staff who have either tested positive for COVID-19 or have been placed in isolation by the club, the Premier League had no other option than to reschedule the game.”
The Premier League added it had enhanced its Covid-19 protocols with rapid impact this week, as well as to reimplementing a twice-weekly testing programme.
A Spurs membership assertion stated: “Everyone at Tottenham Hotspur sends their best wishes to Aston Villa for a safe and speedy recovery to all those who are affected.”
Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho says the Premier League should discover options to a possible fixture backlog
Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho had challenged the Premier League to “show leadership” and never punish Tottenham with additional postponements over coronavirus considerations.
Mourinho stated it could be “completely impossible” for an additional one in all Spurs’ league video games to be cancelled and stated groups must be prepared to play with the minimal 14 gamers.
Details of a brand new date for Tottenham’s match at Villa Park shall be confirmed in the end.
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Analysis: ‘Villa actually badly affected; uncertainty round Everton recreation on Sunday’
Sky Sports News reporter Rob Dorsett on the Pitch to Post Preview Podcast:
“What has happened at Aston Villa is what every club in the land has been fearing. They’ve been really badly affected by coronavirus and what hit them this time last week.
“[Even pushing the Everton game back to Sunday] makes it actually tight as a result of, by my reckoning, all of the gamers which have examined optimistic or which have been self-isolating due to the outbreak on the coaching floor shall be away from that 10 day isolation interval on Friday January 15.
“I think that’s why the Premier League have agreed to push it back a day – because it would have been a big ask to suddenly go and play the game the day after. As it is, Villa’s players might only have two training sessions – and one of those only a light one the day before – having not been together for 10 days.
“It’s how numerous golf equipment are attempting to cope and maintain the video games going, and Villa have managed it for the Everton recreation, albeit not in a super situation.
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“They will be tested again 48-72 hours before the game. We know 10 first team players have actually tested positive for it but we don’t know how poorly they are. Even if they are clear of the disease by then, will they be fit to play football? Will they have done any training at all in that 10-day period?
“It is an actual blow to them, too, as a result of they have been completely flying. You take a look at that Man Utd recreation, which they narrowly misplaced, they drew at Chelsea earlier than that, then earlier than that there have been two 3-0 victories in opposition to Crystal Palace and West Brom.
“They were scoring goals, looking really solid at the back – that’s what’s changed between now and the relegation battle of last season, just how tight they are at the back. That’s providing the platform for the likes of Jack Grealish, John McGinn, and Ross Barkley when he’s fit, to go and sparkle and create goals and Ollie Watkins, who has started his Villa career very well.
“You simply hope this does not derail them. Every Villa fan will hope that this coronavirus outbreak is a blip. But in the intervening time it is an unknown amount.”
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Tue Jan 12: Sheff Utd vs Newcastle – Kick-Off 6pm
Tue Jan 12: Wolves vs Everton – Kick-Off 8.15pm
Thur Jan 14: Arsenal vs Crystal Palace – Kick-Off 8pm
Sat Jan 16: Leeds vs Brighton – Kick-Off 3pm
Sat Jan 16: Fulham vs Chelsea – Kick-Off 5.30pm
Sun Jan 17: Aston Villa vs Everton – Kick-Off 12.00pm
Sun Jan 17: Sheff Utd vs Tottenham – Kick-Off 2pm
Sun Jan 17: Liverpool vs Man Utd – Kick-Off 4.30pm
Sun Jan 17: Man City vs Crystal Palace – Kick-Off 7.15pm
Mon Jan 18: Arsenal vs Newcastle – Kick-Off 8pm
Tue Jan 19: Leicester vs Chelsea – Kick-Off 8.15pm
Wed Jan 20: Leeds vs Southampton – Kick-Off 6pm
Thur Jan 21: Liverpool vs Burnley – Kick-Off 8pm
Sat Jan 30: Arsenal vs Man Utd – Kick-Off 5.30pm
Sat Jan 30: Southampton vs Aston Villa – Kick-Off 8pm
Sun Jan 31: Leicester vs Leeds – Kick-Off 2pm
Sun Jan 31: West Ham vs Liverpool – Kick-Off 4.30pm
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