EPL: City hope to extend winning streak on Boxing Day tinged with Covid
Boxing Day is usually the busiest Day in English football with all Premier League clubs in action
Boxing Day is usually the busiest Day in English football with all Premier League clubs in action. Teams usually have to play three games in the week leading up to New Year’s Day. However, the Covid-19 pandemic has caused chaos in the 2021 festival season with many matches postponed due to the spread of the Novel Coronavirus and injuries.
This week, three of Sunday’s nine matches have been postponed with teams unable to play in a proper XI due to positive cases of Covid-19 and injuries. The festival period in English top-flight football is always a difficult time for clubs and managers to ensure players negotiate this period without any long-term damage to the players and their campaign.
Team owners and managers have informed the Premier League of their concern over the busy fixture schedule during the holiday period despite the spread of Covid,
With Covid-19 forcing a three-match postponement, reigning champions Manchester City will look to extend their lead at the top of the table with a win against Leicester City in Manchester on Sunday.
City go into this game on an eight-game winning streak in the league and have won 11 of our last 15 in all competitions. G’ardiola’s side sit top of the Premier League table, with a three-point advantage over second-placed Liverpool.
Leicester saw their previous two league games postponed due to COVID-19. The Foxes beat Newcastle United 2-0 last time out and have won four of their previous 10 league games.
On Saturday, City manager Pep Guardiola said he would assess his squad after the pre-match training session and the next round of PCR tests.
The players returned after ‘a few days’ of rest ahead of a busy festive schedule, with games against Leicester City, Brentford and Arsenal in a week’s time, but the City boss said it was too early to say who was available “who wasn’t.”
“We’ve got two days ff,” said Pep. “Now we start training this afternoon and we’ll see. Every day we do tests. Maybe they came positive, or the room staff.
“I can’t answer you right now, but hopefully we’ll be as ready as possible for Sunday’s game.”
In Sunday’s other fixtures, Arsenal play away to Norwich, Tottenham host Crystal Palace, West Ham face Southampton, second-placed Chelsea play away to Aston Villa and Brighton meet Brentford.
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