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Premier League fixtures have been postponed regularly over the past few weeks, as the number of positive Covid tests continues to creep upward across the country. The league’s annual Boxing Day matches are now also facing cancellation.
Boxing Day is always a special time of the year for football fans, with a festive feast of matches throughout the day.
Each year there are usually at least eight Premier League matches on December 26, as well as a full schedule in the Championship, League One, and League Two.
It’s a day designed for families to get together and watch football; either at their local stadium, or on TV.
But the rising number of coronavirus cases in the UK has thrown the calendar into chaos.
Two matches have already been cancelled this weekend, the Premier League have confirmed.
Leeds United and Watford both requested that their matches be postponed due to a high number of Covid cases in their respective camps.
The Premier League subsequently confirmed that Liverpool vs Leeds, and Wolves vs Watford, have both been called off.
But, more postponements are likely to come over the coming days.
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A Premier League statement read: “Following postponement requests from Leeds United and Watford as a result of COVID-19, the Premier League Board met this morning and regrettably agreed to call off the two affected clubs’ Boxing Day fixtures.
“The League is aware that the decision to postpone these two matches will disappoint supporters and understands their frustrations at a special time of year when fans look forward to attending and watching football games.
“The League aims to provide as much clarity as possible, but unfortunately postponements sometimes have to be made at short notice, as safety is the priority.
“The League will endeavour to keep supporters updated if matches become at risk on a matchday.”
Premier League Boxing Day fixtures postponed – in full
Liverpool vs Leeds United
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Watford
Scheduled Premier League Boxing Day fixtures
West Ham United vs Southampton (3pm)
Norwich City vs Arsenal (3pm)
Tottenham vs Crystal Palace (3pm)
Manchester City vs Leicester City (3pm)
Burnley vs Everton (3pm)
Aston Villa vs Chelsea (5.30pm)
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Brentford (8pm)
All Premier League postponed matches this season so far
Brighton vs Tottenham
Brentford vs Man Utd
Burnley vs Watford
Leicester vs Tottenham
Man Utd vs Brighton
Southampton vs Brentford
Watford vs Crystal Palace
West Ham vs Norwich
Everton vs Leicester
Aston Villa vs Burnley
Liverpool vs Leeds
Wolves vs Watford
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