The north London derby which was scheduled to take place between Tottenham and Arsenal tomorrow has been postponed.
Arsenal have not got enough players to fulfil the fixture when the Africa Cup of Nations, suspensions and injuries are thrown in with Covid.
It is the second game of the weekend to be called off, with Burnley’s clash with Leicester also going by the wayside.
Wolves’ match against Southampton is going ahead, despite Bruno Lage’s options off the bench looking thin. Ruben Neves has Covid and is out of the squad.
Soccer Saturday host Jeff Stelling made the point on Sky Sports News at 2.33pm on 15/01, sticking up for Wolves amid the Covid postponements.
He said: “Tottenham v Arsenal is off tomorrow. Arsenal unable to field a team, which is interesting isn’t it?
“When you look at the Wolves side today against Southampton, Wolves will give a debut to Toti Gomes, just back from Grasshoppers.
“On their bench, they have two goalkeepers, one of whom is 20 years of age. They have recalled loanee Dion Sanderson, another recalled loanee Ryan Giles, 19-year-old Luke Cundle, 19-year-old Chem Campbell and Fabio Silva who is also a teenager all on the bench today but their game is on.”
Stelling wades into a debate where the situation with postponements in the Premier League is becoming confusing.
Lage’s side seem keen to get their games on right now but the situation across the league seems to vary on a team by team basis.
What Stelling fails to mention, however, is the pretty key factor that Wolves actually did postpone a game against Arsenal on December 28. This was Wolves’ request rather than Arsenal.
So while his comparison is well-intentioned, it probably does not hold the weight it intends.
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