Crystal Palace are continuing to prepare for their next Premier League fixture against Spurs on Boxing Day as normal despite ongoing worries the league might be halted due to a rise in Covid-19 cases.
The Eagles’ match against Watford, originally scheduled to be played on Saturday at Vicarage Road, was postponed on Thursday due to an outbreak of positive cases in the Hornets’ camp.
The game was one of four top-flight fixtures scheduled for this weekend that was called off, with Brentford, Norwich and Leicester all joining Watford in having too few players available to fulfil their games.
Premier League clubs currently seem split on the idea of whether to continue playing or halt playing. The Manchester Evening News has reported that some clubs are touting the prospect of shutting down games until at least the FA Cup third round, which starts on January 7.
Eagles chairman and co-owner Steve Parish is against such a hiatus and said on Friday morning he thought there hadn’t been enough postponements to warrant a firebreak in the league.
Palace’s next fixture is on Boxing Day when they travel to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to face Spurs. The Lilywhites have had their own Covid outbreak in recent weeks that has forced them to call off matches against Leicester, Brighton and Rennes.
Despite that, there is currently no indication that the match will be postponed, and football.london understands that the Eagles are preparing for the match as they would for any other.
Palace are yet to report any positive Covid tests within their playing group and have been taking the recent rise in cases as a reason to be more vigilant than ever before.
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As well as their first-team game against Watford on Saturday, the club have also announced their Under-18s, Under-23s and Women’s teams will all have their matches rearranged this weekend.
The Under-18s were set to face Brighton away, however that game has now been rearranged for Tuesday, April 12. The Under-23s were scheduled to host Derby County on Sunday, though a new date for this fixture has yet to be decided upon.
Crystal Palace Women have called off their game against Lewes, and in a statement revealed the reason was due to “illness and COVID protocols.”
Source by Football London