Rafa Benitez reveals Everton down to just nine outfield players as postponement request denied


Rafa Benitez reveals Everton down to just nine outfield players as postponement request denied

Two Premier League games called off

The Boxing day fixture list is meant to be one of the highlights of the Premier League season.

However, the games could be few and far between at current rates.

Among the ten due to be played, two have already been postponed.

First, Leeds vs Liverpool was called off due to five COVID-19 cases in the Leeds camp meaning that they could not field a side.

Then, within minutes, Watford’s clash with Wolves was also postponed, meaning that both the early kick-offs are now set to be rearranged.

But could there be more?

Benitez reveals Everton woes

Now, as per the reliable Paul Joyce, Everton have had a request to postpone their clash with Burnley rejected by the Premier League, after they recorded five positive cases of COVID-19.

And, in his press conference, Rafa Benitez revealed the scale of the damage, claiming that he was down to just 9 senior outfield players thanks to illness and injury. Interestingly, one of those is Lucas Digne, who was frozen out but may be required against Sean Dyche’s side.

Any more cases for the Toffees, however, and the game could be called off.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 18 35 44
2 Liverpool FC 18 35 41
3 Chelsea FC 18 27 38
4 Arsenal FC 18 4 32
5 West Ham United 17 7 28
6 Manchester United 16 2 27
7 Tottenham Hotspur 15 -1 26
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 -1 25
9 Leicester City 16 0 22
10 Aston Villa 17 -2 22
11 Crystal Palace 17 0 20
12 Brentford FC 16 -1 20
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 16 -3 20
14 Everton FC 17 -8 19
15 Southampton FC 17 -10 17
16 Leeds United 18 -18 16
17 Watford FC 16 -10 13
18 Burnley FC 15 -7 11
19 Newcastle United 18 -23 10
20 Norwich City 17 -26 10
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Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 15
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 7
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 7
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 7
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 6
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 5
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 5
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 5



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