West Ham’s match at Watford on December 28th is under threat and could be called off today as Premier League clubs take action.
The Hammers were one of a host of clubs to see their matches postponed due to Covid at the weekend as the fixture against Norwich was shelved.
Now the West Ham game at Watford, due to take place on December 28th, is under threat.
According to The Athletic, West Ham and their fellow 19 Premier League clubs are meeting at 1pm today (Monday) to debate whether to postpone an entire round of festive fixtures as the top flight battles to keep its season going amid the latest wave of the pandemic.
The Athletic claims that gameweek 20 — the fixtures on December 28-30 — is the round most likely to be pre-emptively postponed.
And that includes West Ham’s trip to Watford.
David Moyes and his fellow Premier League managers are believed to be united in their concern about fulfilling the usual festive fixture list, which would ordinarily see clubs play three rounds of matches.
As things stand West Ham’s trip to Tottenham in the Carabao Cup quarter-final on Wednesday night is set to go ahead with Spurs having played out a 2-2 draw with Liverpool on Sunday.
There has been no mention of plans to cancel the Boxing Day matches meaning West Ham’s home clash against Southampton remains – at the time of writing – on the schedule.
“Premier League club executives will meet on Monday afternoon to debate the next steps forward, while there are also hour-long slots reserved for conversations both between Premier League club managers and its club captains later in the day, although the latter meetings could yet be pushed to Tuesday,” The Athletic reports.
There could be a financial hit for West Ham and their rivals as well. Amazon have paid £30 million for exclusive rights to show all matches in game week 20.
And The Athletic states: “It is understood Amazon is not expecting the matches to be postponed.”