Liverpool, Chelsea, Brighton and West Ham will be able to allow fans into their stadiums next month under a new tier system to tackle the spread of coronavirus in England.
The Premier League clubs are within tier-two areas, meaning clubs can welcome up to 2,000 fans.
The Premier League is yet to confirm the scheduling for matches to be played over the weekend of December 5 and 6.
Brighton will host Southampton, Chelsea are at home to Leeds, champions Liverpool take on Wolves at Anfield while West Ham could welcome fans to the London Stadium for the visit of Manchester United.
They would be the first top-flight matches to be attended by fans since the Covid-19 crisis took hold in March.
The other matches will be played in tier-three areas, where fans are still not allowed.
English Football League chairman Rick Parry said his competition was considering whether to switch next Tuesday’s matches to Wednesday if any of the home clubs were able to allow fans in after the general lockdown period ends.
The government had been set to allow supporters back into sports venues in limited numbers from October 1, but scrapped the plans after a rise in coronavirus infection rates nationwide.
Arsenal’s Europa League match at home to Rapid Vienna on December 3 could be the first European tie involving an English club to welcome fans.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he will not rush Sergio Aguero back into action despite his side’s lack of goals in the Premier League.
City’s record goalscorer was an unused substitute in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Tottenham as he nears a return from his latest injury problem.
The 32-year-old Argentine missed the end of last season and the start of the current campaign after undergoing knee surgery in June. He has since had another lay-off after suffering a hamstring injury last month.
City have scored just 10 goals in eight top-flight matches this season, though their strike record in Europe is more impressive, with nine goals in their three games.
“We want him to come back to training again so he can recover a good feeling in his knee, this is the most important thing,” Guardiola said on Tuesday.
“We wait for him and take it one step at a time. We have many, many games to play this season and we’ll need him. What we want is him to recover in his best condition.”
City travel to Greece on Tuesday ahead of their Champions League Group C match at Olympiakos on Wednesday.
After winning their opening three matches, victory would secure their place in the last 16, leaving them free to focus on improving their Premier League form.
City have dropped points in five of their eight games so far and are languishing in the bottom half of the table, eight points behind leaders Tottenham.
“One step at a time,” said Guardiola, who last week extended his contract until 2023.
“We’ll try to get through (Wednesday) to qualify and at the same time, recover, come back with good feelings that we can create chances and score goals.”
Captain Fernandinho has recovered from gastroenteritis and could feature while left-back Benjamin Mendy is also back in contention after injury.
Liverpool shrugged off an injury crisis to move level on points with Tottenham at the top of the Premier League with a 3-0 win over Leicester to set a new club record of 64 unbeaten league games at Anfield.
The champions were without the injured Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson, Thiago Alcantara, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, while top scorer Mohamed Salah was absent due to a positive coronavirus test.
Tottenham coach, Jose Mourinho has said his players’ commitment and their ability to follow through a strategy, ensured victory over Manchester City in a Premier League clash on Saturday.
“The players gave everything and followed a strategy. They were amazing,” Mourinho said. “We found a way to play and it was magnificent to see them play how they did.”
Tottenham powered to the top of the Premier League with an impressive 2-0 win against Manchester City, while Chelsea are up to second place after their victory at Newcastle on Saturday.
Manchester United remain well off the pace in ninth but did manage a first home win in the Premier League for seven games as Bruno Fernandes’s twice-taken penalty saw off lowly West Brom 1-0.
Spurs end the day on top of the table for the first time in six years as goals from Son Heung-min and Giovani Lo Celso saw off a toothless City at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium.
Tottenham took the lead after five minutes as Son ran onto Tanguy Ndombele’s lofted pass, beat the City offside trap and slotted a cool finish under Ederson for already his 11th goal of the season.
City dominated possession but struggled to create chances and were cut open again for Spurs’ second with just their second shot on target.
Lo Celso came off the bench to score just 35 seconds after his introduction as he raced onto Harry Kane’s sublime pass to slot past Ederson.
On the one-year anniversary of Jose Mourinho’s appointment, Tottenham are unbeaten in their last eight league games since losing to Everton on the opening weekend, sparking hopes of a genuine title challenge.
Tottenham, who last won the top-flight title in 1961, lead Chelsea by two points with the two set to face each other next weekend.
City are languishing in 11th place, eight points behind the leaders, albeit with a game in hand.
Pep Guardiola extended his contract at the Etihad to 2023 this week, but his side look a shadow of the swaggering outfit that won successive league titles in 2018 and 2019.
Twelve points from eight games is City’s lowest total at this stage of a Premier League campaign since 2008-09.
“We had more chances than them but we lost. Mourinho’s teams are like this, you make a mistake and they punish you on the counter attack,” Guardiola said.
– ‘Stay humble’ – Chelsea maintained their fine form as Federico Fernandez’s first-half own goal and Tammy Abraham’s strike sealed a 2-0 win at St James’ Park.
Frank Lampard’s side are unbeaten in nine games in all competitions and have not lost in their last six league matches.
With five clean sheets in their last six outings in all competitions, Chelsea’s third successive league victory was the perfect way to start a hectic period leading up to Christmas.
The visitors’ pressure was rewarded in the 10th minute when Mason Mount whipped in a low cross and Fernandez turned it into his own net under pressure from Ben Chilwell.
Chelsea put the result beyond doubt in the 65th minute when Timo Werner accelerated away from the Newcastle defence and slipped a pass to Abraham, who guided his shot in off the post.
“I won’t get excited about being top of the table for five minutes,” said Lampard. “It’s important to be humble and know it’s a long race.”
United still have a long way to go to claw themselves back into title contention as they again flattered to deceive at Old Trafford despite picking up a long-awaited win.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men got two slices of penalty fortune as West Brom were awarded a spot-kick first early in the second-half when Fernandes challenged Connor Gallagher.
However, on review, referee David Coote overturned his original decision.
Moments later, the Red Devils got a penalty for Darnell Furlong’s handball.
Fernandes’s first effort was saved, but he got a second chance as Sam Johnstone had jumped off his line prior to the Portuguese international’s kick.
Fernandes slammed home the reprieve, but was still not happy at missing from the spot for the third time this season.
“Ok, I scored the second one but I need to score the first one,” he said. “Three points is the most important thing but we know we can do much better and we will do for sure.”
Earlier, Aston Villa missed the chance to go top for a few hours as Brighton ended a run of seven games without a win with a 2-1 victory at Villa Park.
Solly March scored the winner after Ezri Konsa cancelled out Danny Welbeck’s opener.
Cybercriminals targeted Manchester United’s IT systems in a “sophisticated” hacking operation, the club said.
“The club has taken swift action to contain the attack and is currently working with expert advisers to investigate the incident and minimise the ongoing IT disruption,” it said in a statement late Friday.
All “critical systems” required for games to take place at Old Trafford were secure, the statement said, adding Saturday’s game against West Bromwich Albion would go ahead as planned.
“We are not currently aware of any breach of personal data associated with our fans and customers,” it added.
“These type of attacks are becoming more and more common and are something you have to rehearse for,” a spokesman for the club told the PA news agency.
United are languishing in 14th in the Premier League table and a fine start to their Champions League campaign took a knock with a 2-1 defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir.
Safety Shooters are the new champions of the Prudent Energy Handball Premier League 2020.
The Federal Road Safety Corps male team defeated Plateau Vipers 30-23 on matchday 13 to ensure they maintain their lead on the standings with 30 points above Kano Pillars who despite defeating De Defenders 22-14, managed 26 points to finish second.
Seasiders Boys of Lagos are in third with 26 points but with lesser goal difference than Kano Pillars after they comfortably defeated COAS Shooters 42-31 in a match that tested their quality.
Borno Spiders have been relegated from the league 2020 after losing to Confluence Stars 34-21 while Rima Strikers continue to improve on their quest to get into the top three as they defeat Delta Force 31-24.
That result secured relegation for Delta Force.
Despite the terrible start of Niger United, managed to stay in the league on 9th position after beating Kada Stars 28-22
A champion is yet to emerge in the women’s category. But Edo Dynamos are now leading league standing despite losing 34-43 to the league’s surprise package, Adorable Angels.
The result confirmed Safety Babes will not retain their title as they are now second.
In other results, Imo Grasshoppers defeated Desert Queens 23-17 while Seasiders Babes secured their place in the league despite losing 29-28 to Kada Queens.
Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said on Tuesday there could be no “blank cheque” to bail out the English Football League (EFL) despite the financial crisis engulfing clubs.
The top-flight is in negotiations with the EFL over a financial package to ensure no sides go out of business due to the coronavirus pandemic, though an agreement has yet to be reached.
England’s lower-league clubs, forced to play their matches behind closed doors, last month rejected an offer from the top-flight of a £50 million ($66 million) rescue package.
EFL chiefs said the bailout, which would have covered clubs in third-tier League One and fourth-tier League Two was insufficient and insisted outfits in the second-tier Championship should also be included in any offer.
“The Premier League has engaged and wants to seek resolution but there can’t be a blank cheque or an underwriting of losses,” Masters told lawmakers on the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee.
“We believe our proposal is appropriate and goes to the heart of the problem and is in line with government policy on how it deals with other sectors.
“We believe we are stepping up and helping the pyramid of football. We have yet to reach an agreement with Rick (EFL chairman Rick Parry) but I am confident we can do that.”
Masters said the Premier League could make money available immediately to ensure clubs “don’t suffer distress or get to the point of administration”.
“We are huge supporters of the pyramid and understand its importance,” he added.
Parry said he hoped a deal could be agreed by the end of the month.
Asked by committee chairman Julian Knight whether that would be the case, Parry replied: “I think now we have a commitment that the Championship is going to be embraced we can move forwards. We sincerely hope so.
“We would very much like to come to a deal with the Premier League.”
Masters confirmed the Premier League would be “changing direction” away from the controversial decision to broadcast several games behind an additional paywall.
“We took a decision to move to pay-per-view and now we are reviewing that decision,” Masters said.
“We have listened to feedback, we will be changing direction and moving away from it and taking another step that will see us through lockdown, the Christmas period and into January. I can’t announce what it is.”
Leicester moved to the top of the Premier League as Jamie Vardy’s penalty earned a 1-0 win against Wolves on Sunday.
Vardy netted from the spot in the first half at the King Power Stadium and, although the striker had a second spot-kick saved by Rui Patricio, the hosts held on for their third successive Premier League victory.
Brendan Rodgers’ side, who have won six in a row in all competitions, are one point clear of second-placed Tottenham, who had gone top with a win at West Bromwich Albion earlier on Sunday.
Liverpool will replace Leicester in first place if they beat Manchester City later on Sunday.
Whether Leicester finish the weekend in pole position or not, Rodgers will be delighted with his team’s start to the season.
They have shrugged off the pain of missing out on Champions League qualification on the final day of last season and look capable of challenging for a top four finish again.
“Everything about the game was very good and we should have been more than one goal up,” Rodgers said.
“Our football was outstanding against a very good side. You’re not always going to have it all your own way. The more we work together the more we are able to deal with that pressure.
“We had real challenge in this first part of the season with the players we had out, so to win nine of 11 in all competitions. The team have been fantastic.”
– Penalty duel – Vardy was recalled after being rested for Thursday’s Europa League win over Braga.
Suitably refreshed, Vardy needed just 15 minutes to get on the score-sheet.
Dennis Praet’s cross hit Max Kilman on the hand in the Wolves area and referee Anthony Taylor awarded a penalty after consulting the pitchside monitor.
Vardy stepped up to calmly send Rui Patricio the wrong way from the spot for his ninth goal of the season.
It was the 33-year-old’s fourth goal in his last four appearances.
Leicester had only lost one of their previous 45 Premier League games when scoring the first goal at the King Power Stadium.
Vardy should have doubled the lead in the 39th minute when Wolves defender Rayan Ait Nouri took a heavy touch in the area and tripped James Justin in a panicked attempt to clear the danger.
Vardy drove his effort down the middle, but Rui Patricio saved and the rebound hit the striker before bouncing just wide.
Marc Albrighton came on for the Foxes at half-time and the winger’s fist contribution nearly brought a goal as Youri Tielemans headed narrowly wide from his cross.
Vardy’s fierce strike forced a superb tip-over from Rui Patricio before Wolves finally threatened when Pedro Neto’s shot was saved by Kasper Schmeichel.
Leicester’s James Maddison had a deflected effort that almost crept in, but Wolves substitute Adama Traore nearly set up Raul Jimenez for an equaliser in a frantic finale.
Schmeichel preserved Leicester’s lead with a brilliant save after Ruben Neves unleashed a blistering shot from the edge of the area.
Neto passed up a golden opportunity to equalise when he side-footed wide from close-range in the final minutes.
Scott Parker’s side avoided their worst start to a season since 1951 thanks to first half goals from Decordova-Reid and Aina at Craven Cottage.
Fulham deservedly ended a run of six games without a win — a dismal stretch including five defeats — since their promotion from the Championship last term.
The Cottagers had lost all three of their previous home games this season, but their first success in west London lifted them out of the relegation zone.
Third bottom West Brom are still chasing a first win since returning to the top-flight last season.
With just three points from their opening seven league games, West Brom have made their worst start to a campaign since 1985-86, failing to win any of their opening seven games for the first time since 2004-05.
Fulham went ahead in the 26th minute through Decordova-Reid.
Antonee Robinson fired in a cross from the left to an unmarked Aleksandar Mitrovic at the far post, who nodded across goal before the ball was turned in by Decordova-Reid.
Four minutes later, Fulham doubled their lead when Nigerian defender Aina blasted his shot past Sam Johnstone from the edge of the area.