Which Premier League video games are postponed and when will they be performed?

The Premier League postponed all video games that had been as a result of be performed from Saturday via Monday as a mark of respect after the dying of Queen Elizabeth II on the age of 96.

Additional issues have been brought on by safety necessities across the funeral, with a complete of 14 Premier League video games and a Europa League match postponed.

Calling off matches in a season that has been truncated by the winter World Cup, which kicks off in Qatar on Nov. 20, means discovering a spot to play the video games isn’t any simple job.

Right here we check out the video games which were referred to as off and doable options.

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This text can be up to date with all the most recent info because the scenario develops.

Which Premier League video games have been postponed?

All matches within the seventh spherical of fixtures and three matches this coming weekend, plus Arsenal vs. Man Metropolis in October.

AFC Bournemouth P-P Brighton & Hove Albion
Arsenal P-P Everton
Crystal Palace P-P Manchester United
Fulham P-P Chelsea
Leeds United P-P Nottingham Forest
Leicester Metropolis P-P Aston Villa
Liverpool P-P Wolverhampton Wanderers
Manchester Metropolis P-P Tottenham Hotspur
Southampton P-P Brentford
West Ham United P-P Newcastle United

Brighton & Hove Albion P-P Crystal Palace
Chelsea P-P Liverpool
Manchester United P-P Leeds United

Arsenal P-P Manchester Metropolis

Brighton vs. Palace was postponed final week as a result of a deliberate prepare strike. That industrial motion has now been canceled, however as the sport is a high-risk match for policing, near London involving a London membership, it is not going to be reinstated.

Chelsea vs. Liverpool is a high-category recreation which was as a result of be performed in London.

Man United vs. Leeds is off “as a result of Larger Manchester Police supporting forces throughout the UK at areas and occasions of excessive significance following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.” Regardless that it is not happening near London, it carries the very best class of match and requires over 900 law enforcement officials. Members of the Larger Manchester power have already been deployed to Scotland the place the Queen’s journey to London will start, and additional officers from the area will must be despatched to London. It means there is not the sources to stage such a recreation in Manchester.

Arsenal vs. Man Metropolis needed to be postponed to permit the Gunners to play their rearranged Europa League match towards PSV Eindhoven (extra particulars under.)

Which video games can nonetheless go forward and why?

Seven video games stay this weekend, although two of these can be in London.

Spurs vs. Leicester on Saturday and Brentford vs. Arsenal on Sunday aren’t within the excessive danger class and could be policed, in contrast to the three which have been postponed. .

The Premier League schedule this weekend is:

Aston Villa vs. Southampton
Nottingham Forest vs. Fulham

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Manchester Metropolis
Newcastle United vs. AFC Bournemouth
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Leicester Metropolis

Brentford vs. Arsenal
Everton vs. West Ham United

What in regards to the video games in European competitors?

Police sources can be required for the times main as much as the funeral on Sept. 19. Rangers’ Champions League recreation towards Napoli, which was scheduled to be performed Tuesday, has been moved to Wednesday due to the sources wanted whereas the Queen’s coffin, which is to be flown to London on Tuesday night, is in Scotland.

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Chelsea vs. FC Salzburg will go forward as deliberate on Wednesday. The Queen’s coffin can be transferred from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Corridor in an official procession earlier that day, however FC Salzburg followers coming from Austria is rated a low danger.

The Queen’s coffin will lie in state at Westminster Corridor in central London from 5 p.m. on Wednesday via to Sunday. A whole bunch of 1000’s of individuals will flock to London over these three days to pay their respects, requiring an enormous police presence.

Arsenal’s Europa League residence recreation towards PSV Eindhoven has due to this fact been postponed “because of the extreme limitations on police sources and organisational points associated to the continued occasions surrounding the nationwide mourning for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.” The very fact so many followers will journey from the Netherlands for the sport is alleged to be the foremost subject.

All different video games go forward as deliberate.

Chelsea vs. FC Salzburg
Manchester Metropolis vs. Borussia Dortmund
Rangers vs. Napoli
Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Celtic

Arsenal P-P PSV Eindhoven
RFS vs. Hearts
Sheriff vs. Man United
Silkeborg vs. West Ham

When will Arsenal play PSV Eindhoven?

The one doable slot for the sport was the midweek in October when a full programme of Premier League video games was scheduled, as a result of Arsenal needed to full their Europa League fixtures by Nov. 3. So the Gunners’ residence recreation towards Man Metropolis has been postponed to make means for the PSV recreation on Oct. 20.

When might the postponed Premier League video games be performed?

That is the massive query, and there’s no accessible date in 2022.

Each midweek after the upcoming worldwide break via to the beginning of the World Cup is getting used; 4 rounds of European video games, a full set of Premier League matches and the third spherical of the Carabao Cup.

English soccer restarts on the midweek of Dec. 20 — simply two days after the World Cup last — with the fourth spherical of the Carabao Cup, adopted by three blocks of Premier League matches over the Christmas interval.

This checklist reveals how congested the schedule can be in 2023, with solely three vacant midweeks inbuilt via to the ultimate day of the Premier League season on Sunday, Might 28.

Jan. 10 – Carabao Cup QF
Jan. 17 – FA Cup R3 replays
Jan. 24 – Carabao Cup SF L1
Jan. 31 – Carabao Cup SF L2
Feb. 7 – FA Cup R4 replays
Feb. 14 – European competitors knockouts
Feb. 21 – European competitors knockouts
Feb. 28 – FA Cup R5
March 7 – European competitors knockouts
March 14 – European competitors knockouts
March 21 – Worldwide break
March 28 – Worldwide break
April 4 – vacant midweek
April 11 – European competitors QF
April 18 – European competitors QF
April 25 – Premier League fixtures
Might 2 – vacant midweek
Might 9 – European competitors SF
Might 16 – European competitors SF
Might 23 – vacant midweek

Groups who’ve been knocked out of the Carabao Cup or FA Cup in an earlier spherical might use these matchdays if essential, although it turns into difficult if that league recreation is because of be proven on TV because it should not be scheduled towards the broadcaster of the cup competitors.

The midweeks in late January reserved for the Carabao Cup semifinals supply an answer — however there’ll nonetheless be 4 golf equipment dominated out, and the identical subject with the TV conflict applies.



Supporters at Thursday night time’s European motion involving Manchester United, West Ham and Arsenal paid respects to Queen Elizabeth II following her dying.

So simply play the video games within the vacant midweeks?

It isn’t fairly that straightforward, as these three vacant midweeks are there for a cause. The golf equipment concerned within the Carabao Cup last (Feb. 26) plus the FA Cup quarterfinals (March 18) and semifinals (April 22) will all have to rearrange the three league matches scheduled for these dates, and that is primarily what the vacant slots are for.

It is particularly an issue for groups who go far in a European competitors as there may be little room for manoeuvre. If a membership had been to achieve the ultimate of the Carabao Cup, and the semifinals of the FA Cup and the semifinals of both the Europa League or the Europa Convention League, there are solely simply sufficient accessible dates to rearrange the three league matches from the dates outlined above. Add in any extra rearranged video games, and there’s no pure slot.

It is barely totally different for a group that reaches the Champions League last, as Liverpool did final season when additionally reaching the finals of the FA Cup and Carabao Cup. Golf equipment within the UCL have two additional spare midweeks throughout the spherical of 16, which Liverpool used to play Leeds United and Arsenal, thus avoiding added congestion additional right into a season which had already been affected by COVID-19 postponements.

The Premier League has to take a look at these dates and bear in mind the worst-case state of affairs.

What in regards to the European midweeks?

There’s a Memorandum Of Understanding between the leagues and UEFA that matches will not be performed concurrently Champions League matches, if in any respect doable. In 2013, UEFA fined the Premier League £1.1m for doing so, deducting funds from solidarity funds. This has been relaxed lately, although leagues are nonetheless suggested to keep away from a conflict if doable.

Earlier this month Lorient performed Lyon in Ligue 1 in a recreation postponed from the start of the season. It was scheduled on a Thursday to keep away from a conflict with the UCL, kicking off early at 7 p.m. native time so it will solely be on concurrently the early set of European matches.

So the Premier League might use the European midweeks if it feels there is no such thing as a different place to place the video games, and that applies to 13 of the 20 Premier League groups.

In fact, that might be no good to the opposite seven groups who’re in Europe: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester Metropolis, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.

It is these golf equipment who pose the issues for the schedulers — particularly as 5 of them (Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester Metropolis and Manchester United) have had two video games postponed.

However on the similar time, it presents an answer, of types. And it tells us the place the issue lies.

As talked about beforehand, groups who undergo within the Champions League could have two additional clean midweeks in February and March, because the spherical of 16 is unfold throughout 4 midweeks and groups will play on solely two of them.

It is a related story for groups who win their Europa League or Europa Convention League group. They may go straight via to the spherical of 16, and never play within the two European dates in February.

Nevertheless, any of the seven golf equipment who end third within the Champions League, second or third within the Europa League, or second within the Europa Convention League should play two video games within the first knockout spherical in February and two video games within the spherical of 16 in March.

So as an illustration if Chelsea or Liverpool had been to complete third of their Champions League group, or if Arsenal or Manchester United end second or third of their Europa League group, they’d play each European dates in February and March (in the event that they win.) Technically, they’d don’t have any free date of their calendar for the video games postponed in September and October.

After which it will get difficult…

It is actually all in regards to the eight postponed video games involving these groups in Europe.

Arsenal P-P Everton
Arsenal P-P Manchester Metropolis
Chelsea P-P Liverpool
Crystal Palace P-P Manchester United
Fulham P-P Chelsea
Liverpool P-P Wolverhampton Wanderers
Manchester Metropolis P-P Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester United P-P Leeds United
West Ham United P-P Newcastle United

The issue is that the 4 groups within the Champions League have to rearrange video games towards one another — Chelsea vs. Liverpool and Manchester Metropolis vs. Tottenham Hotspur. If any of the 4 had been to complete third of their Champions League group there can be no date to play the sport in February or March. If all 4 qualify for the UCL spherical of 16, there would solely be area for the sport if UEFA had been to comply with put their fixtures collectively — however that may not even be doable relying on who the groups are drawn towards (there are pairing rules within the UCL for TV broadcast causes.)

As an example, Chelsea & Liverpool and Man Metropolis & Tottenham would wish to play their UCL spherical of 16 ties in the identical week for there to be a spare midweek to play one another within the Premier League in February or March.

Man Metropolis and Chelsea meet one another within the Carabao Cup third spherical in early November, so just one can be within the semifinals in January. Nevertheless, the Premier League has to plan as if each Liverpool and Tottenham will make the ultimate 4 and depart no free date.

So what is the answer?

The Premier League will in all probability hope to suit all the pieces in on the vacant midweeks, but it surely’s now trying problematic. The place would Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man Metropolis or Man United play these two video games in the event that they had been to play in Europe in February and do nicely within the home cups? There is not area.

If it is determined there must be some inventive considering the apparent answer is to cancel FA Cup replays within the third and/or fourth rounds as soon as once more. This occurred in every of the final two seasons as a result of congestion brought on by COVID-19 postponements and would open up one or two additional midweeks required to forestall any points additional down the road.

If FA Cup replays keep in place, it is unlikely, although not unattainable, these dates might be used for rearranged video games as a result of the supply of groups would solely be identified at brief discover.

There is no probability the Carabao Cup might be cancelled, however there might be strain to make the semifinals one-legged to open up a midweek. That is the choice possibility however nonetheless may not supply sufficient area.

The Premier League can also want to preserve all of the week 6 video games collectively in a single block, which can solely be doable by cancelling a spherical of FA Cup replays or making the Carabao Cup semis one-legged.

Swapping across the FA Cup last (June 3) and the final day of the Premier League (Might 28) would add an additional midweek on Might 30 — although the Europa League last is being performed on the Wednesday of that week. There would even be further logistical points, as Wembley is booked for the EFL playoffs on the weekend of Might 27-29, making this answer impossible, too.

The complete image can be identified on Nov. 7 when the draw and fixtures for the European knockout rounds are revealed. The Premier League might wait till then earlier than making any resolution on the FA Cup or Carabao Cup, or different doable options.

Can the season be prolonged?

No. After the FA Cup last on June 3, the Champions League last is scheduled for June 10 and instantly afterward there’s a world block reserved for Euro 2024 qualifying matches.

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