Premier League games postponed because of Covid: When could fixtures be played? | Football News

An increasing number of Premier League matches have been postponed due to the Covid outbreak. The games that need to be rearranged are starting to pile up, but when could they be played?

There currently appear to be 15 midweek slots where postponed matches could be played in 2022, however, these often clash with Champions League and Europa League knockout rounds, as well as FA Cup and Carabao Cup draws.

There are a few options. Could the two-week Premier League winter break in late January and early February be canceled? Or will teams be asked to play beyond the last scheduled weekend of the season, May 22?

Either way, busy months ahead. Let’s take a look at the calendar …

Where is there room on the calendar for postponed matches?

Midweek starting from January 3rd

For Premier League teams not playing the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-finals, this would be an opportunity to play a reorganized match.

The Carabao Cup semi-finals see Chelsea face Tottenham and Arsenal face Liverpool on two legs.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says dealing with Covid positive cases is like a lottery because no one knows who will be available each day.

Midweek of w / c Jan 10

For Premier League teams not playing the return leg of the Carabao Cup semi-finals – any club other than Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea and Liverpool – this would be an opportunity to play a reorganized match.

However, some teams will remain without players involved in the Africa Cup of Nations, which is expected to start on January 9th.

Midweek of w / c January 17th

This would be an opportunity to play a reorganized game. However, the African Cup will still be ongoing, so some teams will still be without some players.

The midweek week of the current account 24 January and the midweek week of the 31 January account – if the winter break is eliminated

The Premier League winter break is scheduled from January 24 to February 7. Could it be eliminated to make room for postponed Premier League matches?

However, during these two weeks, some Premier League players will be involved in reorganized World Cup qualifiers in Asia, South America, North America and Oceania.

The African Cup will still be ongoing, so some teams will still be without some players.

The weekend of the fourth round of the FA Cup – 5/6 February – would also be an opportunity to play for the Premier League teams eliminated from the competition. FA Cup third and fourth round replays have been eliminated.

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Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira says he is concerned about the impact of the Covid-19 outbreaks on player well-being rather than the demands of the holiday calendar.

Midweek of w / c February 14th

The Champions League round of 16 will take place this midweek, but this would be an opportunity for uninvolved Premier League teams to play a reorganized match.

Rules that prevent Premier League matches from taking place at the same time as Champions League matches ended in 2017.

Midweek of w / c February 21st

The Champions League round of 16 will take place this midweek, but this would be an opportunity for uninvolved Premier League teams to play a reorganized match.

The midweek of the current account 28 February

For Premier League teams not playing FA Cup fifth round, this would be an opportunity to play a rearranged match.

Midweek of w / c March 7th

The round of 16 of the Champions League and Europa League will take place during this midweek, but this would be an opportunity for the uninvolved Premier League teams to play a reorganized match.

Midweek of w / c March 14th

The round of 16 of the Champions League and Europa League will take place during this midweek, but this would be an opportunity for the uninvolved Premier League teams to play a reorganized match.

Break for the national teams in March

The international break in March runs from 21 March until the return of the Premier League on 2 April.

This hiatus is unlikely to be canceled, as it involves not only international friendlies but also the World Cup play-offs for European nations, with the semi-finals of those play-offs on Thursday 24 March and the finals on Tuesday 29 March.

Midweek of w / c April 4th

The quarter-finals of the Champions League and Europa League will take place during this midweek, but this would be an opportunity for the uninvolved Premier League teams to play a reorganized match.

Midweek of w / c April 11th

The quarter-finals of the Champions League and Europa League will take place during this midweek, but this would be an opportunity for the uninvolved Premier League teams to play a reorganized match.

Midweek of w / c April 18th

This would be an opportunity to play a reorganized game.

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Speaking ahead of the managers’ meeting with the Premier League, Brentford manager Thomas Frank says he believes it is right for the competition to continue, but is calling for transparency on Covid-19 cases.

Midweek of w / c April 25th

The semi-finals of the Champions League and Europa League will take place during this midweek, but this would be an opportunity for the uninvolved Premier League teams to play a reorganized match.

Midweek of w / c May 2nd

The semi-finals of the Champions League and Europa League will take place during this midweek, but this would be an opportunity for the uninvolved Premier League teams to play a reorganized match.

Midweek of w / c May 9th

This would be an opportunity to play a reorganized game.

Midweek of w / c May 16th

The Europa League final will take place on May 18, but this would be an opportunity to play a rearranged match for any Premier League team not involved.

Going beyond May 22, the last weekend of the Premier League program …

Midweek of w / c 23 May

Should the Premier League be extended beyond its last scheduled matchday of May 22, matches could be played in the following week by teams not involved in the Europa Conference League final on May 25.

The Champions League final will take place on Saturday 28 May.

In summer?

There is a 10-week hiatus in the football club from the Champions League final on 28 May and the start of the 2022/23 Premier League season on 6 August, which could allow the campaign to extend into the summer.

However, the next round of the Nations League will begin on June 2, with four competitive international matches running until June 14. England manager Gareth Southgate described the matches as “ideal preparation” for the World Cup and, like most international managers involved in those tournaments, he would be detestable without his key players.

With next summer already leading to a halted 2022/23 campaign due to the Winter World Cup, the room for maneuver is extremely limited.

Covid cancellations: which PL games are disabled?

Brighton-Tottenham – Sunday 12 December, Premier League

Brentford vs Man Utd – Tuesday 14 December, Premier League

Burnley v Watford – Wednesday 15 December, Premier League

Leicester vs Tottenham – Thursday 16 December, Premier League

Man Utd vs Brighton – Saturday 18 December, Premier League

Southampton vs Brentford – Saturday 18 December, Premier League

Watford vs Crystal Palace – Saturday 18 December, Premier League

West Ham vs Norwich – Saturday 18 December, Premier League

Aston Villa vs Burnley – Saturday 18 December, Premier League

Everton-Leicester – Sunday 19 December, Premier League

Liverpool-Leeds – Sunday 26 December, Premier League

Wolves versus Watford Sunday 26 December, Premier League

Burnley-Everton Sunday 26 December, Premier League

Leeds-Aston Villa – Tuesday 28 December, Premier League

Arsenal vs Lupi – Tuesday 28 December, Premier League

What are the Premier League rules on postponements?

The 2021/22 Premier League manual includes the Covid protocols and states that the Premier League board of directors “will only allow the reorganization or postponement of a league game in exceptional circumstances”.

The board makes calls on a case-by-case basis and, as an indication, the Premier League says that authorization for a postponement will not be granted if a club has 14 or more players available on their roster.

In a statement, the Premier League added that it would “assess a number of factors, including a club’s ability to field a team; the status, severity and potential impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on the club; and the player’s ability to prepare and play the game safely.

“The Board also needs to consider the broader risks to the opposition and other people the club may come into contact with.”

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