West Ham United will not have to play any of their nine remaining matches at a neutral venue.
West Ham were due to play Wolves at home back in March before football was shutdown.
Since then there has been much debate and uncertainty over when, where and indeed if the season would resume.
But West Ham will be back in action the weekend commencing June 19th with all remaining fixtures to be played behind closed doors.
The original fixture schedule is expected to be respected where possible. So that should mean the resumption will see West Ham face Wolves in two weeks’ time.
New report makes claim over neutral venues
Clubs are still awaiting clarity over where matches will be held. Originally the government were insisting that matches had to be staged at neutral venues.
West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady was vociferous against those plans. And it seems she and other clubs who were against the idea have got their way.
According to a report from The Sun last week only six of the remaining 92 matches had to be played at neutral venues.
But a new report from The Daily Mail yesterday now claims that has been whittled down to just four after discussions between top-flight bosses and the police.
Just four games set for neutral venues, none involve Hammers
“The Premier League have told their clubs they are hoping that no more than four matches will be held at neutral venues — and have acknowledged Liverpool may well win the title at Anfield,” The Daily Mail reports.
“Sportsmail understands that top-flight official Bill Bush was moved to write to each of the 20 clubs after a statement from National Police Chiefs’ Council football lead officer Mark Roberts declared that six fixtures were set to be shifted.”
The matches Man City vs Liverpool, Man City vs Newcastle, Man Utd vs Sheffield United, Newcastle vs Liverpool, Everton vs Liverpool and the game in which Liverpool could secure the title were set for neutral grounds.
A semblance of home advantage retained
But now only four of those matches – or even less – will be at neutral grounds.
That means none of West Ham’s remaining games will be at neutral venues.
The Hammers may not have 60,000 supporters cheering them on.
But there will be no away fans either. So it does mean West Ham retain a semblance of home advantage for their five games at the London Stadium against Wolves, Chelsea, Burnley, Watford and Aston Villa.