After four additional games were postponed due to Covid-19 outbreaks, half of the weekend’s Premier League matchups are now canceled.
Southampton against Brentford, Watford v Crystal Palace, West Ham v Norwich, and Everton v Leicester are the most recent games to be affected.
Manchester United’s match against Brighton on Saturday was called off earlier on Thursday, as was Leicester City’s match against Tottenham on Thursday, both of which were part of the league’s midweek schedule.
Brentford manager Thomas Frank appealed for this weekend’s Premier League games to be postponed to allow clubs to deal with the outbreaks on Wednesday, but the Premier League has so far refused.
“All other fixtures due to be played this weekend are currently scheduled to proceed as planned,” it said in a statement.
Liverpool players Fabinho, Curtis Jones and Virgil van Dijk will also miss Thursday’s match with Newcastle after suspected positive tests, although manager Jurgen Klopp said that the club did not ask for a postponement.
Despite four Chelsea players testing positive for the drug, including Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner, Callum Hudson-Odoi, and the injured Ben Chilwell, Thursday’s match between Chelsea and Everton is poised to go ahead.
Source: BBC Sport