Villa vs Saints is on
After the EFL and FA declared their fixtures would be played this weekend, the Premier League have finally issued their own statement declaring that seven of the 10 Premier League fixtures over the weekend will take place.
The good news is Aston Villa’s upcoming Friday night clash at Villa Park against Southampton will go ahead and isn’t one of the three postponed games.
Of the three games that will be postponed, Brighton & Hove Albion’s fixture against Crystal Palace had originally already been postponed due to the proposed train strikes. The other postponed games will be Chelsea vs Liverpool and Manchester United vs Leeds United. The Premier League had stated that those two games were postponed ‘following extensive consultation with clubs, police, local Safety Advisory Groups and other relevant authorities’.
Full Premier League Statement
Premier League fixtures will resume this weekend after a pause to the season as a mark of respect following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Seven of the 10 Premier League fixtures this weekend will be played, with three matches postponed due to events surrounding The Queen’s funeral.
In addition, kick-off times will change for two Premier League matches.
Matches postponed on Sunday 18 September are Chelsea’s matches against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, and Manchester United’s home match v Leeds United.
Brighton & Hove Albion’s fixture against Crystal Palace, that was due to be played at 15:00 BST on Saturday 17 September, will also remain postponed.
Following extensive consultation with clubs, police, local Safety Advisory Groups and other relevant authorities, there was no other option but to postpone the three fixtures.
The Premier League would like to thank the UK Football Policing Unit and other police forces across the country, as well as our broadcast partners, for their support during this process, and will continue to liaise with them ahead of the weekend.
For the matches being played during the period of National Mourning, tributes will be paid to The Queen at Premier League stadiums.
New dates for the postponed matches will be announced in due course.