Journalist offers update on whether North London Derby will be played at a neutral venue

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Although all Premier League clubs have agreed to restart the Premier League season on June 17, there are still some details that need to be ironed out.

A fixture list has not yet been finalised ahead of the restart and it looks as if some matches may be played at neutral venues.

The Times reported recently that derby matches this season could be played at neutral grounds as the authorities are concerned supporters would congregate outside stadiums.

The Evening Standard’s Dan Kilpatrick suggested that the North London derby could very well be classified as a ‘high-risk’ game and hence played at a different ground.

However, Kilpatrick has now revealed that only six fixtures are currently being considered for neutral venues and that the North London Derby is not one of those.

He reported that Manchester City v Liverpool, Manchester City v Newcastle, Manchester United v Sheffield United, Newcastle United v Liverpool, and Everton v Liverpool (the game in which Liverpool could theoretically be crowned Premier League champions) are the only games currently under consideration.

 

Spurs Web Opinion

It sounds as if the main consideration here is to ensure that Liverpool fans don’t congregate outside the stadium when they are crowned league champions. I personally don’t believe home advantage plays a massive role anyway given that the matches are being played behind closed doors.

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