Premier League: Leicester’s fixture against Crystal Palace is a go – For now

Leicester City, King Power Stadium (Photo by TIM KEETON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Leicester City, King Power Stadium (Photo by TIM KEETON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) /

COVID-19 hike in Leicester might put a hold on some Premier League action with the match involving Leicester City and Crystal Palace in doubt.

A bit of stormy weather surrounding the sunny return of the English Premier League, with certain places in England showing an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.

It is said Government officials have announced a local lockdown in the City of Leicester, according to Sky Sports. This has caused concern and will likely delay the match between Leicester City and Crystal Palace if it continues to climb.

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Thankfully, they play away to Goodison Park first and then only welcome Roy Hodgson’s men to the King Power Stadium. Adding to the little ray of sunshine for the Foxes, Matt Hancock has said it is safe for the game to still proceed.

"Leicester’s match with Crystal Palace on Saturday could still be postponed by the Premier League following the coronavirus spike and local lockdown.Government officials have recommended the current lockdown measures remain in force in Leicester for an extra two weeks as coronavirus restrictions are set to be eased across the rest of England from Saturday. (Via: Sky Sports)"

This is not saying the situation will calm down or get better over the next three days. In fact, things might even get worst and on top of that, Hancock doesn’t have the last sign off. The Safety Advisory Group does.

Is there an easy solution?

One solution will be to play at a neutral venue or one that is safe. This was the agreement all clubs shook on when making the call to bring forward the restart of the English Premier League. The other solution is to wait and play it safe.

Wait until the call on the weekend from the Safety Advisory Group. If too risky for football, wait the two weeks out. The Premier League’s latest round of testing confirmed a positive EPL member out of the 2,250 tests conducted. They do not want to add more to that total, carelessly.

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Leicester’s last game in action was an FA Cup loss to Chelsea at the King Power Stadium. A bit of bad patch for Brendan Rodgers and his Leicester City side. He will want to bounce back against the Toffees Wednesday night.