Everton v Newcastle United postponed due to Covid-19

Thursday’s Premier League game between Everton and Newcastle United was postponed due to coronavirus cases and injuries at the Magpies’ camp.

Newcastle called for the game to be canceled after “multiple players and staff” tested positive, in addition to “multiple player” injuries.

Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin were injured during Newcastle’s draw with Manchester United on Monday.

It means that 16 top-flight English games have been postponed in December.

A Premier League statement said it had “accepted Newcastle United’s request for postponement as the club does not have the required number of players available for the match (13 outfield players and one goalkeeper), due to Covid cases and injuries. -19 “.

After the 1-1 draw with Manchester United, Newcastle manager Eddie Howe said his team was “dangerously close” to failing to field a team for the game at Everton.

Meanwhile, it is Toffees’ third straight game to be canceled, after meetings with Burnley and Leicester were also hit by outbreaks and injury issues.

The most recent Premier League figures showed a record 103 Premier League players and staff testing positive for Covid in the seven days to and including December 26.

This was a much-needed win for a West Ham side that appeared to be struggling to show the form that had them challenging at the top end.

Even at the start of this game their quick, crisp counter-attacking football was rarely evident but, as Watford failed to build on their bright opening, the Hammers became more confident and looked more like their old selves.

Having been in danger of slipping out of the top six over the festive period, this victory means they can now refocus their push to finish in the top four.

For Watford, however, this was a disappointing loss, particularly as they were considerably more rested than West Ham, with this their first game since 10 December because of Covid-19 issues while the Hammers had played four times since then.

The form of Dennis’s summer signing, who scored his eighth goal of the season on Tuesday, has been one of the few bright spots of his campaign and will undoubtedly have a major influence in determining which division his team will play in. next season.

However, Watford now faces the prospect of having to try to pull away from the bottom three in January without their talismanic striker, who will be out for much of the month with Nigeria at the African Cup of Nations.

“We started very well and then within a minute we conceded two goals,” coach Claudio Ranieri said.

“We must help each other to find the right solution individually and also as a team because [it is not] possible to continue in this way.”

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