PL looking at rescheduling evening weekday matches during Jan and Feb to a new KO pattern of 1530, 1730, 1930 to bring some teams travel plans forward during the day and avoid fixture duplications within the same timeslot during LD3. We'll see.
First of many inevitable last minute fixture changes released.
The match between Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur, due to be played at Villa Park on Wednesday 13 January, has been rescheduled following a decision by the Premier League Board.
Following Villa's request to rearrange the fixture, and due to the number of players and staff who have either tested positive for COVID-19 or have been placed in isolation by the club, the Premier League had no other option than to reschedule the match.
With the health of players and staff the priority, the League continues to work with Villa on measures to ensure their League season resumes safely and at the earliest opportunity.
The Premier League wishes those with COVID-19 a full and swift recovery and will rearrange Villa's match against Spurs as soon as possible.
As a result of this rescheduling,
Spurs will now play their home match against Fulham in its place, on Wednesday 13 January at 20:15 GMT, live on Amazon Prime Video in the UK
. The fixture was previously postponed on 30 December.
Fulham playing on Wednesday 13 January, their home fixture against Chelsea will be moved from Friday 15 January to Saturday 16 January at 17:30 GMT
, and will remain live on Sky Sports in the UK.
Everton's match at Villa will be rescheduled from Saturday 16 January 17:30 GMT to Sunday 17 January 12:00 GMT, and will remain live on Sky Sports in the UK.
Leeds vs Southampton's PL match due on the 20th January (Sky Sports) has been postponed.
This is a result of the FACR3 - Southampton vs Shrewsbury match pp due C19 last weekend, now scheduled for next Tuesday 19th, originally scheduled match was a BT Sport pick on BTSX. No broadcast arrangementsas yet for the rearranged match.
Have the PL given details about how the all the games are being divvied up between BBC, BT, Sky and APV?
I'd take it that once the existing contract package (Sat 12.45/Sun 4.30 etc) picks from Sky and BT have been chosen and allocated, the 'other' Saturday 3pm games are then allocated out with Sky and BT getting first choice option of the extra games, and whatever left is offered to whoever wants them?
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- BBC - Get match on Sat 30 Jan 2021 @ 1500 West Brom v Fulham
- AZPV - So far have NO Matches.
Stage 1 and 2 in Full ....
Saturday 30 January
12:30 Everton v Newcastle (BT Sport)
15:00 Crystal Palace v Wolves (Sky Sports)
15:00 Man City v Sheff Utd (Sky Sports)
15:00 West Brom v Fulham (BBC)
17:30 Arsenal v Man Utd (Sky Sports)
20:00 Southampton v Aston Villa (Sky Sports)
Sunday 31 January
12:00 Chelsea v Burnley (BT Sport)
14:00 Leicester v Leeds (Sky Sports)
16:30 West Ham v Liverpool (Sky Sports)
19:15 Brighton v Spurs (Sky Sports)
Tuesday 2 February
18:00 Sheffield Utd v West Brom (BT Sport)
18:00 Wolves v Arsenal (BT Sport)
20:15 Man Utd v Southampton (BT Sport)
20:15 Newcastle v Crystal Palace (BT Sport)
Wednesday 3 February
18:00 Burnley v Man City (BT Sport)
18:00 Fulham v Leicester (BT Sport)
19:30 Leeds v Everton (BT Sport)
20:15 Aston Villa v West Ham (BT Sport)
20:15 Liverpool v Brighton (BT Sport)
Thursday 4 February
20:00 Spurs v Chelsea (BT Sport)
Saturday 6 February
12:30 Aston Villa v Arsenal (BT Sport)
17:30 Fulham v West Ham (Sky Sports)
Sunday 7 February
14:00 Wolves v Leicester (Sky Sports)
16:30 Liverpool v Man City (Sky Sports)
Monday 8 February
20:00 Man Utd v Everton (Sky Sports)
*Subject to FA Cup participation
Saturday 13 February
12:30 Leicester v Liverpool (BT Sport)
17:30 Man City v Spurs (Sky Sports)
Sunday 14 February
16:30 Arsenal v Leeds (Sky Sports)
Monday 15 February
20:00 Chelsea v Newcastle (Sky Sports)
Saturday 20 February
12:30 Southampton v Chelsea (BT Sport)
17:30 Liverpool v Everton (Sky Sports)
Sunday 21 February
14:00 Aston Villa v Leicester (Sky Sports)
16:30 Arsenal v Man City (Sky Sports)
19:00 Man Utd v Newcastle (BT Sport)
Monday 22 February
20:00 Brighton v Crystal Palace (Sky Sports)
Saturday 27 February
12:30 Man City v West Ham (BT Sport)
17:30 Leeds v Aston Villa (Sky Sports)
Sunday 28 February
14:00 Spurs v Burnley (Sky Sports)
16:30 Chelsea v Man Utd (Sky Sports)
Monday 1 March
20:00 Everton v Southampton (Sky Sports)
Further to this, there are currently 20 matches to allocate over four weekends.
I'd suggest the split is likely to be 12/13* Sky - 6/7* BT - 2/0* AZPV. (*Unless as I speculated earlier AZPV have called stumps on Football for now), I really can't see the BBC getting another match in February.
The real breaker for this coverage would be extreme bad weather which really would impact this schedule seriously.