Every 2021/22 Premier League game that was postponed for Covid-19

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Games were being called off at an alarming rate earlier in 2021/22
Games were being called off at an alarming rate earlier in 2021/22 / Visionhaus/GettyImages
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As Covid-19 cases rose throughout the United Kingdom towards the end of 2021, games across the nation were being called off at an alarming rate.

While the Premier League announced it intended to stick to its fixture schedule "where safely possible," the number of games that were postponed due to positive tests proved problematic for England's top flight.

Here are the Premier League games that were been called off due to Covid-19, those that have already been rearranged and those which still need new dates.


Burnley vs Tottenham

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Burnley eventually won this fixture / NIGEL RODDIS/GettyImages

To start with, we have a fixture which was actually due to take place before cases of Covid-19 began to rise exponentially.

Heavy snowfall at Turf Moor made Burnley's clash with Tottenham impossible to play. Two unlucky Spurs fans had travelled 31 hours from Dallas to Lancashire - quite a tough one to take.


Brighton vs Tottenham

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Brighton vs Tottenham couldn't go ahead / Matthew Ashton - AMA/GettyImages

Spurs had a major outbreak earlier in December, making it impossible for the north London club to host Rennes in the Europa Conference League - that fixture still needs a date too.

Antonio Conte was visibly shaken in his press conference that week and the club's training ground ultimately had to be closed.


Brentford vs Manchester United

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United won the rearranged fixture / Alex Pantling/GettyImages

Confirmation of this postponement came at 23:50 (GMT) the night before the clash between Brentford and Manchester United was due to take place.

United confirmed an outbreak needed "ongoing surveillance" and a decision to close their Carrington training ground was taken.


Burnley vs Watford

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Burnley had another game postponed / Stu Forster/GettyImages

A bit of a trend started to emerge with the postponement of Burnley vs Watford, with the game being called off at a late stage in the day when fans had already made plans to attend.

Watford had an outbreak in their squad and were unable to fulfil the fixture.


Leicester vs Tottenham

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Steven Bergwijn scored a late double in this fixture / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages

This one definitely should have been dealt with sooner by the Premier League. Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed the club had asked for their match with Tottenham to be postponed due to positive cases in his squad, only to see that appeal waved away by the league.

It was left until early afternoon for the news to filter through. Spurs were keen to play and may have been able to rearrange their European tie with Rennes for that week had action been taken sooner.


Manchester United vs Brighton

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United beat Brighton in this rearranged fixture / James Gill - Danehouse/GettyImages

Sensible action was taken here, with the game between Man Utd and Brighton called off two days in advance.

United suspended all football related activities at Carrington after being left with just seven healthy players and said "the health of players and staff is our priority". It left Brighton with another game to rearrange later in the season.


Southampton vs Brentford

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Southampton smashed Brentford / Robin Jones/GettyImages

The Premier League postponed four games in one fell swoop ahead of this particular weekend, giving fans adequate notice when that hasn't always been the case.

A statement reads: "Brentford FC have an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. This has resulted in their training ground being closed which means they are unable to prepare for Saturday’s game."


West Ham vs Norwich

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Jarrod Bowen and Declan Rice enjoyed their clash with Norwic / Alex Pantling/GettyImages

West Ham have enjoyed an excellent season so far but their fixture with relegation scrappers Norwich had to be pushed back to January.

"Norwich City FC have an insufficient number of players available to fulfil their match due to COVID-19, injuries and other illnesses," the Canaries confirmed.


Watford vs Crystal Palace

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Zaha scored twice in Palace's victory / Eddie Keogh/GettyImages

Another of the games to be postponed ahead of time.

A statement from the Premier League read: "Watford FC also continue to have an ongoing outbreak, resulting in their training ground being closed, and have an insufficient number of players available to fulfil their match."


Aston Villa vs Burnley

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Aston Villa vs Burnley was called off on the day / James Gill - Danehouse/GettyImages
  • Original date: 18 December
  • New date: 19 May

This was one of two games that was supposed to go ahead on Saturday 18 December, but instead was scrapped due to an outbreak in the Villa camp.

Their statement read: "The Club is extremely sorry for the inconvenience caused to Burnley Football Club, both our own supporters and the Burnley fans due to attend the fixture but have acted as swiftly as possible this morning to minimise disruption."


Everton vs Leicester

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Everton vs Leicester still needs a new date / Naomi Baker/GettyImages

There was decisive action here as the game was called off on Thursday, the same day Everton travelled to Chelsea to earn a 1-1 draw.

A statement from the Premier League read: "Leicester City FC have a COVID-19 outbreak within the squad which has left the club with an insufficient number of players available to fulfil the game. The club’s first team training ground was closed this morning to help contain the outbreak."

A new date for the fixture was set - this time 11 January - but again Leicester's squad availability issues meant the game had to be postponed.


Liverpool vs Leeds

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Liverpool put Leeds to the sword in this one / Clive Brunskill/GettyImages

Liverpool and Leeds' Boxing Day festivities were called off well in advance.

Leeds have been plagued by injuries and have continued to record fresh Covid-19 cases, leaving them unable to fulfil the fixture.


Wolves vs Watford

  • Original date: 26 December
  • New date: 10 March
  • Result: Wolves 4-0 Watford

Called off in the same announcement as Liverpool vs Leeds was the Boxing Day meeting between Wolves and Watford which was scheduled to kick off at the same time.

Watford had not yet recovered from the outbreak which prevented their earlier meeting with Palace, but the hope was that players would be out of isolation to fulfil the next fixture on 28 December.


Burnley vs Everton

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Benitez - no longer at Everton - couldn't make up a squad / Craig Mercer/MB Media/GettyImages

The next festive fixture to bite the bullet was Everton's trip to Burnley.

Everton have been plagued by both Covid-19 and injuries, and they were left without the numbers to travel to Turf Moor.


Leeds vs Aston Villa

  • Original date: 28 December
  • New date: 10 March
  • Result: Leeds 0-3 Aston Villa

A few days after their match with Liverpool was lost, Leeds' festive meeting with Aston Villa was also called off.

Villa boss Steven Gerrard was actually supposed to miss this originally after returning a positive test, but he should be back in the dugout for the rearranged date.


Arsenal vs Wolves

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Lacazette helped Arsenal beat Wolves / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

Following the postponement of Leeds vs Aston Villa, Boxing Day brought further bad news when Wolves confirmed that their meeting with Arsenal would not be going ahead either.

A combination of positive Covid-19 cases and injuries meant Wanderers were left with too many absentees.


Everton vs Newcastle

  • Original date: 30 December
  • New date: 17 March
  • Result: Everton 1-0 Newcastle

Newcastle's trip to Everton needed to be called off due to the vast number of absentees in Eddie Howe's squad.

More positive PCR tests alongside a raft of injuries meant the Magpies weren't able to fulfil the fixture.


Leicester vs Norwich

  • Original date: 1 January
  • New date: 11 May

Similarly to Newcastle above, too many injuries as well as positive coronavirus tests meant Norwich had to apply for the fixture at Leicester to be postponed.


Southampton vs Newcastle

Newcastle needed to request a postponement of this fixture as Covid-19 cases and injuries hampered their squad.


Burnley vs Leicester

Burnley confirmed they had to submit a postponement application to the Premier League due to "a number of injuries and Covid-19 cases within the first team squad".

They also sent their apologies to both sets of supporters "for the inconvenience".


Tottenham vs Arsenal

  • Original date: 16 January
  • New date: 12 May

Arsenal needed this game pushed back due to a combination of Covid-19 cases, injuries and players being away at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Tottenham were left less than impressed, noting their "extreme surprise" that the Gunners' application was approved.


Postponed matches that are yet to be played

*List correct as of 3 May 2022 (17:45 BST)

  • Aston Villa vs Burnley
  • Leicester vs Norwich
  • Tottenham vs Arsenal
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