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Southampton V Brentford Postponed
Thursday, 16th Dec 2021 21:02

As was expected the fixture between Saints and Brentford at St Mary's on Saturday has been postponed due to a Covid 19 outbreak in the West London sides squad.

A statement issued by the Premier League this evening reads as follows:

"It is with regret that the Premier League Board has postponed a further four matches due to be played this weekend.

The affected fixtures are:

Southampton FC v Brentford FC Saturday, 18 December, at 3pm
Watford FC v Crystal Palace FC Saturday, 18 December, at 3pm
West Ham United v Norwich City Saturday, 18 December, at 3pm
Everton FC v Leicester City FC Sunday, 19 December, at 12 noon

The Board has agreed to postpone the matches after assessing individual club requests this evening. Brentford FC have an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. This has resulted in their training ground being closed which means they are unable to prepare for Saturday’s game."

From a Saints perspective I feel they will not be too disappointed that the game has been postponed, although so far the squad does not seem to have been too badly affected by the new variant and subsequent increased infection rate, Ralph Hasenhuttl's squad have been affected by injuries and aside from the missing Goalkeeping pair of Fraser Forster & Alex McCarthy also had Adam Armstrong, Che Adams and Stuart Armstrong missing from the squad at Crystal Palace.

Tino Livramento and Armando Broja played through injuries and both having played a number of Premier League games in a short space of time after previously having little experience are in need of a break.

Now Ralph Hasenhuttl has 10 days before the next scheduled match at West Ham United on Boxing Day and will surely be able to get most if not all of the players mentioned back in full training and back to full fitness.

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mattthelegend added 21:52 - Dec 16
Haven’t got a pitch to train on, really??? Stewie Armstrong still missing, has anyone put out a missing persons report?

WestSussexSaint added 07:02 - Dec 17
Disappointed about the postponement, but given what is happening right now in the wider country it was almost inevitable. I fear it won’t be the last match disrupted over the Christmas period.

highfield49 added 08:37 - Dec 17
Different circumstances admittedly but when we lost 9-0 to Man Utd we had Diallo, Obafemi, KWP, Romeu, Salisu, Smallbone, Tella, Vestergaard, Walcott and Valery unavailable. And, just when we needed a bit of help, Mike Dean and Lee Mason were officiating. Ok, I have some sympathy for Brentford, and the virus is not to be taken lightly, but we really were left out to hang and dry without any thought of the circumstances in which the match was played. Those still calling for Ralph's sacking might reflect on that before just trotting out the result as evidence of his failure.

beynali73 added 09:08 - Dec 17
Saints position in the leage improves when they don't play i.e. when leeds got thrashed during the week we went up the table. Maybe this could be a new approach for the club.

mattthelegend added 18:03 - Dec 17
Noticed the fencing has been put up all around the ground, anyone know the reason why as last season it meant no fans?

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