Will Champions League fixtures go ahead this week? Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City and Tottenham all in European action but Arsenal’s Europa League clash postponed September 12, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer
Champions League football will go ahead for the Premier League’s representatives this week.
The Premier League announced last Friday that all domestic fixtures would be postponed over the weekend with the nation in mourning following the loss of Queen Elizabeth II.
Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham will resume European duties this week and any failure to do so would mean forfeiting points.
Spurs are due to travel to Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday looking to avoid a repeat of their forfeited Europa Conference League clash with Ligue 1 side Rennes on December 9 last year.
The game was originally suspended after the north Londoners reported a COVID-19 outbreak in their squad.
UEFA set a deadline of December 31 to replay the game but were unable to agree a date with the French club leading to Antonio Conte’s men accepting a 3-0 defeat in accordance with UEFA regulations.
Subsequently, Spurs exited the group stage, despite being favourites to win the competition outright.
Liverpool will be hoping to avenge last Wednesday’s poor showing when they were beaten 4-1 at Napoli.
The Reds welcome Ajax to Anfield on Tuesday who thrashed Rangers 4-0 last week.
Graham Potter is set to take charge of his first game as Chelsea boss on Wednesday when RB Leipzig travel to Stamford Bridge.
The Blues kicked off their Champions League campaign with a 1-0 defeat at Dinamo Zagreb last Tuesday, which served as the final act in Thomas Tuchel’s tenure as manager.
And City will be hoping to build on their impressive start after thrashing Sevilla 4-0 last week.
While the Champions League looks set to continue as normal, other European ties have been affected.
Arsenal’s game against PSV Eindhoven in the Europa League on Thursday has been postponed “due to the severe limitations on police resources and organisational issues related to the ongoing events”, UEFA has announced.
Manchester United and West Ham’s clashes, away to Sheriff Tiraspol and Silkeborg IF respectively, are set to go ahead as planned.
There have been changes for Rangers, with their game against Napoli being moved 24 hours later as the Queen passes through Scotland on the way to London.
The Serie A side have been told no away fans will be permitted entry into Ibrox and the Gers won’t be allowed any in Naples.
UEFA said: “This is due to the severe limitations on police resources and organisational issues related to the ongoing events surrounding the national mourning for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
“In addition, it was agreed to also postpone the Uefa Youth League game between both teams from Tuesday Sep 13 to Wednesday Sep 14 at 14:00 BST.
“Away fans will not be authorised at the games, and as a matter of sporting fairness, Rangers’ fans will not be authorised for the return legs in Naples.
“UEFA urges fans not to travel and to respect this extraordinary situation.”
European fixtures this week
Tuesday, September 13
- Sporting Lisbon v Tottenham, 17:45, LIVE on talkSPORT 2
- Liverpool v Ajax, 20:00
Wednesday, September 14
- Shakhtar Donetsk v Celtic, 17:45, LIVE on talkSPORT 2
- Chelsea v FC Red Bull Salzburg, 20:00, LIVE on talkSPORT
- Manchester City v Borussia Dortmund, 20:00
- Rangers v Napoli, 20:00
Thursday, September 15
- Sheriff Tiraspol v Manchester United, 17:45, LIVE on talkSPORT
- Arsenal P-P PSV Eindhoven, 20:00
EUROPA CONFERENCE LEAGUE
Thursday, September 15
- Silkeborg IF v West Ham, 20:00
- Rigas Futbola Skola v Heart of Midlothian, 20:00