Football.London have revealed that Tottenham’s trip to the Etihad Stadium could be pushed back right to the end of the 2022/23 season, due to the lack of available dates to play the fixture.
Following the sad passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Premier League have announced that all of this weekend’s fixtures, including the top-of-the-table clash between City and Spurs, will be postponed to a later date.
However, Football.London explain that rearranging the postponed fixtures will be easier said than done. With no mid-week breaks available between now and the start of the World Cup in November, the fixtures could only be held in January at the earliest.
However, the third round of the FA Cup begins in January and the third round replays are scheduled for the week commencing Monday, January 16 – the only free week of the month.
Additionally, round five of the Carabao Cup takes place a week earlier, with the semi-finals of the competition taking place the week after potential FA Cup replays.
Finding a date in February could also prove even trickier since the European competitions restart midway through the month.
While there is a gap between Tottenham’s home clash against Man City on Saturday, February 4 and their trip to Leicester City a week later, the FA Cup fourth-round replays have been earmarked for that week.
March also involves a busy European and domestic calendar leading up to the first international break of 2023 on the 18th of the month.
Football.London reveal that the fixtures may be pushed as far back as the week starting April 3, which is not expected to have any other fixtures.
The week commencing on May 1 and the week leading up to the final match week of the season on Sunday, May 28, are also open.
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This schedule is going to be a nightmare to manage and like last season, we will likely see some teams having a game or two in hand over others, leading up to the final few weeks of the season.
That may lead some to ask questions about the integrity of the competition, particularly if the league title or Champions League qualification is decided by a few points.
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