Premier League have announced that Tottenham Hotspur’s midweek trip to Aston Villa has been postponed, resulting in various schedule rearrangements.
Spurs were set to visit Villa live in front of the Sky Sport Cameras on Wednesday 13 January 2021, although the match is now postponed after a Coronavirus outbreak amongst the Villains at Villa Park.
In an official statement on their website, Tottenham sent ‘their best wishes to Aston Villa for a safe and speedy recovery to all those who are affected.’
Villa however managed to complete their Third Round fixture against Liverpool in the FA Cup with a combination of youth academy players, eventually losing 4-1 despite a valiant display.
The decision has therefore been taken by the Premier League to rearrange Tottenham’s previously postponed league game against Fulham from 30 December 2020 for Wednesday evening, with the match kicking off at 8:15pm live on Amazon Prime.
That game was originally pulled with just a few hours notice due to a Coronavirus outbreak amongst the Cottagers, although the return leg at Craven Cottage in April has also been postponed due to Spurs reaching the Carabao Cup Final on Sunday 25 April.
It is thought that the return fixture will be played in the midweek of 2/3 March unless both teams lose in the Fourth Round of this season’s FA Cup, opening up the possibility of it being rearranged for the midweek of 9/10 February instead to avoid risk of fixture congestion towards end of season.
With Fulham now in action on Wednesday, their West London derby against Chelsea, which was scheduled for Friday 15 January 2021 has now been pushed back 21 and half hours to Saturday 16 January with a 5:30pm (GMT) kick-off on Sky Sports Premier League.
Villa’s home clash against Everton which was originally set for the Saturday teatime slot now taken by Fulham’s match against Chelsea, meanwhile has been shifted to Sunday 17 January 2021 with action at Villa Park commencing at 12:00pm (GMT) still live on Sky Sports.
Premier League also announced that teams will reimplement a twice-weekly testing programme alongside enhanced Coronavirus protocols with immediate effect.