Chelsea vs Liverpool will mess up Premier League games

Sunday’s game between Chelsea and Liverpool looks “incredibly difficult” as the Premier League was still deep in negotiations over the weekend schedule as of Monday afternoon.

While there is hope that the other two games in London – Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City and Brentford v Arsenal – will be a case of ‘wrong place at the wrong time’ as part of preparations for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

Both Brentford and Spurs plan their games to continue despite there being far greater complications for Chelsea, who are hosting Liverpool.

This is one of the reasons why the Premier League has not yet been able to confirm its weekend plan, in contrast to the lower divisions. The big sports met with the DCMS on Monday morning and the EFL were quick to confirm their schedule would go ahead as usual on Tuesday 13 September.

The cancellation of the Europa League game between Arsenal and PSV Eindhoven on Thursday evening has now been confirmed by Uefa, which was also due to police problems. It is closer to the weekend than the Champions League clash between Chelsea and Salzburg and represents a higher risk game due to the expected number of PSV fans traveling.

The Independent was said that options such as reversing the home team were raised but were quickly deemed unfeasible.

In the case of Chelsea v Liverpool the logistical organization would be too complicated in such a short time and it was a non-starter anyway as Everton played at Goodison Park on the same day. Having games behind closed doors is not an option. Manchester United, who play Leeds at home, is the other weekend game that will require a high level of police resources, although of course it takes place outside of London.

The fact that Brentford and Spurs games don’t require nearly the same level of security means they have a far greater chance of progressing. Contrary to some sentiments that the Metropolitan Police were in favor of canceling London games, sources involved insist the panel has instead been hugely “helpful” in trying to keep the games going.

The Premier League has been thrown into disarray by its reaction to the celebratory news and the possibility remains of some teams going a month without a game.

Many within the competition feel the decision to reschedule the weekend’s games is all the more hasty given the possibility of further upheaval with a tight calendar. Associated sources, for example, say it will be “difficult” to find an alternative date for Arsenal to host PSV ahead of the World Cup.

The Independent was told the Premier League went back and forth four times on Friday’s decision before finally putting to the board that the weekend’s games should be postponed.

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