An outbreak of coronavirus at Aston Villa has put the Villans’ FA Cup hopes in jeopardy – and it might have a profound impact on Tottenham’s season too.
Villa revealed on Thursday that they’ve closed their coaching floor following “a lot of first-team gamers and employees members returning constructive checks.”
This comes on the eve of their FA Cup tie at dwelling to Liverpool and it’s been recommended that Dean Smith’s facet will likely be compelled to forfeit their place within the competitors.
However the information additionally casts doubt over Villa’s subsequent league outing in opposition to Tottenham within the Premier League. The conflict is because of happen on January 13.
It’s doubtless that match should be rescheduled to make sure sufficient restoration time for these within the Villa camp who’ve the sickness.
Nevertheless, ESPN journalist Dale Johnson has noticed a difficulty within the fixture timetable if the match will get postponed.
The one obtainable dates Villa have between now and February 13 are when the FA Cup fourth and fifth spherical matches are on account of happen.
This can show an issue if Spurs go deep into the cup competitions.
Jose Mourinho’s males are actually anticipated to progress within the FA Cup as they tackle Marine FC, who play within the eighth tier of English soccer, within the third spherical.
In the meantime, they’re tipped to get the higher of Austrian facet Wolsberger within the last-32 of the Europa League – the primary leg takes place on February 18 and the second leg six days later.
Beneath you possibly can see the complete extent of Spurs’ fixture nightmare if their match at Villa Park does certainly get referred to as off.
Liverpool have been greeted with an identical scenario final season (pre-COVID) the place their Membership World Cup commitments meant they’d two fixtures within the area of two days, with each matches happening on completely different continents.
The Reds opted to take their senior gamers to Qatar to compete on the world stage in December 2019, that means they fielded a youthful facet of their Carabao Cup quarter-final tie, which was by the way in opposition to Villa. Liverpool have been crushed 5-Zero at Villa Park.
However who is aware of? Possibly Marine will discover a method to beat Tottenham and never solely trigger the most important upset within the 140th version of the FA Cup. It might be heaven from a logistical standpoint.