Leeds United’s relegation rivals’ fixture situation as Covid-19 outbreak continues to hit

Leeds United have become the latest club over the festive period to see their fixture list affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.

The Whites’ trip to Anfield to face Liverpool on Boxing Day was the first to be chalked off, before the home clash with Aston Villa on December 28 was then also cancelled.

Their squad had already been hit hard by injury problems but the outbreak of Covid in the camp meant that they did not have enough players to fulfil the fixtures.

The Premier League already have a number of matches that will need rearranging, and with no sign of the outbreak slowing down, here is a look at the fixtures Leeds’ relegation rivals have had called off so far.

Southampton – none

Southampton are one of the few clubs in the division yet to have had any of their games impacted.

Everton – Burnley (a), Leicester (h)

Everton have not played a game in the Premier League since December 16, when they earned an impressive 1-1 draw at Chelsea.

And that will continue after their Boxing Day clash with Burnley was postponed due to injuries and Covid in the Everton camp.

They also saw their home match with Leicester called off, that was due to take place on December 19.

Watford – Burnley (a), Crystal Palace (h), Wolves (a)

Watford’s wait to play another game is even longer than the afore mentioned Everton, last playing at Brentford on December 10.

The first match that will need rearranging is their trip to Burnley, which is a huge game in the context of the relegation battle.

Fixtures against Crystal Palace and Wolves have also had to be cancelled due to the Hornets’ outbreak, meaning they have plenty of catching up to do.

Burnley – Tottenham (h), Watford (h), Aston Villa (a), Everton (h)

Despite not yet having an outbreak of their own, Burnley have been the side most affected by the Covid cancellations.

Their clashes with Tottenham, Watford, Aston Villa and Everton will all need rearranging, and the last time they played was on Sunday 12 December.

Given that they are still not to play until Thursday, they could have as many as five games in hand the next time they kick a ball.

Newcastle – none

Like Southampton, Newcastle are also one of the few teams in the division yet to be affected by the outbreak.

Norwich City – West Ham (a)

Despite Dean Smith’s opposition, Norwich have only had one of their matches called off due to Covid issues.

That was their match at West Ham, which was due to take place on December 18.