Spurs could face Fulham instead of Aston Villa this week due to the Birmingham-based club’s Covid-19 outbreak as EPL looks to rearrange.
Fulham to replace Villa
As the coronavirus pandemic takes a more solid grip on the world of sport and football in particular, unorthodox practices are likely to become commonplace which is exactly what the Premier League are intending with a fixture rearrangement this week.
According to The Athletic, the match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa is likely to be postponed due to the West Midlands club experiencing an outbreak of the Covid-19 virus. Their first team have been unavailable which led to a youth side playing against Liverpool in the FA Cup third round 4-1 defeat.
Whilst it is not uncommon for games to be postponed and the Premier League has already seen several matches called off due to outbreaks within clubs, the suggestion that another game could be put in place is the difference.
Spurs’ match against Fulham earlier in the season was postponed due to an outbreak in the West London club. The Premier League are in discussions about possibly rearranging the fixture to replace the match with Aston Villa.
Fulham are reportedly not particularly happy with this arrangement considering the 120 minute match on Saturday in the FA Cup and their scheduled fixture with Chelsea set to be played on Friday, although this could be pushed back a day to Saturday to give Scott Parker and his side more recovery time.
Due to Tottenham Hotspurs’ involvement in 3 cup competitions, the FA Cup, the Europa League and the League Cup final, after they reached the competition’s summit having beaten Brentford in the semi-final, this gives very little room to manoeuvre rearranged fixtures.
Were postponements to happen between clubs not involved in European competition, the fixtures would just be moved to a week whereby Europa League and Champions League action is occurring. Spurs do not have this luxury and therefore radical action seems the only way to fit all of the fixtures into the season.
Spurs head coach Jose Mourinho will be very keen for a quick decision to be made after the Portuguese publicly criticized the league for their handling of the postponement between Spurs and Fulham.
He took to social media and posted on his Instagram account a video of him and his coaching staff sitting and awaiting for the decision from the league to let them know whether they would be facing the Craven Cottage side. He simply titled the video, ‘Best league in the world…’ Clearly insinuating sarcasm.
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