When Tottenham’s Premier League clash away at Burnley can be rearranged for after postponement

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Tottenham will have to travel to Turf Moor for the third time this season after Sunday’s Premier League clash against Burnley was postponed.

Due to take on the Clarets at 2pm, the game between the sides was called off 50 minutes before kick-off due to adverse weather conditions in Lancashire.

Undersoil heating had been on at Turf Moor overnight but heavy snowfall in Burnley ahead of the fixture had completely covered the pitch and the surface was deemed unplayable by referee Peter Bankes after he consulted both clubs.

“We can confirm that today’s match against Burnley has been postponed due to adverse weather conditions,” read a statement on Tottenham’s official website.

“With the snow continuing to fall at Turf Moor with less than an hour to go until kick-off, the volume of snow coverage on the pitch has been deemed too much for the game to be played.

“Further information about the rearrangement of the match will be confirmed in due course.”

With Tottenham facing a hectic schedule in December with nine games on the agenda, it appears that the fixture between the two will have to wait until the new year until it can be played.

However, finding a gap in the calendar could prove quite tricky with Spurs potentially in FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Europa Conference League action during the first few months of 2022.



The Turf Moor pitch covered in snow ahead of Tottenham's game away at Burnley
The Turf Moor pitch covered in snow ahead of Tottenham’s game away at Burnley

There are no midweek Premier League games on the schedule in January but it will all depend on Spurs’ participation in the Carabao Cup and how both also fare in the FA Cup.

Things will become much clearer on Wednesday, December 22 as Antonio Conte’s men have a Carabao Cup quarter-final tie against West Ham.

If the Lilywhites do end up crashing out of the competition then a rearranged game against the Clarets could take place week commencing Monday, January 3 or the following week when Carabao Cup semi-finals are pencilled in for.

Burnley are no longer in the competition after Spurs beat them 1-0 in the fourth round at the end of October.

With Premier League clubs entering the FA Cup at the start of January, both sides could potentially be free week commencing Monday, January 17 as third round replays will more than likely be played that week.

January ends with an extra international break taking place and the prospect of both having players away means it’s unlikely to be played then.

If the game cannot be rearranged for January, February could be a possibility but it will all depend on Tottenham’s European campaign.

As Spurs are unable to finish top of Europa Conference League Group G following their defeat against NS Mura, they will face knockout play-off games on Thursday, February 17 and the following Thursday if they do finish second behind Rennes in their group just to advance through to the knockout stage of the competition.

The Burnley game could be rearranged for those two weeks if Tottenham crash out of Europe, with week commencing Monday, February 7 already booked up due to their Premier League match against Southampton.

With the fifth round of the FA Cup taking place in midweek at the start of March and European fixtures down to be played in the following two midweeks, March could be rather tricky to pencil in the Burnley game if Conte’s men are still competing on all fronts.

Tottenham do have a free midweek in the calendar in between their games against Brighton & Hove Albion and Brentford midway through April, with a couple of options in May if the match still cannot be played by then.

Speaking after confirmation that the game was postponed, Conte said: “It’s bitterly disappointing but I think the team made the right decision.

“You can see, 10 minutes ago they tried to cut off the snow, and now it’s worse than before.

“We want to play football and have great fun, but I think in this situation it is impossible.”

Source by Football London

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