BT Sport to show Tottenham's visit from Crystal Palace on Boxing Day

BT Sport to show Tottenham’s visit from Crystal Palace on Boxing Day after Leeds vs Liverpool is postponed due to a Covid outbreak – but the new TV pick will still kick-off at 3pm

  • BT Sport were due to broadcast Leeds’ match against Liverpool on Boxing Day 
  • Due to a Covid outbreak in Leeds’ group, that match has since been postponed 
  • As a result BT Sport picked Tottenham against Crystal Palace to show instead 
  • Fans heading to north London for the game will still look for a 3pm kick-off time 

BT Sport have plugged a hole in their Boxing Day schedule by confirming they will broadcast Tottenham against Crystal Palace.

The broadcaster was due to show Liverpool’s trip to Elland Road to face Leeds but a Covid outbreak at the Yorkshire side saw that game one of two Premier League matches postponed on Boxing Day. 

Despite the late reshuffle to put Antonio Conte’s side on TV, the match will remain at the original slated time of 3pm. Leeds-Liverpool was scheduled for 12.30pm.  

 Tottenham have been picked for television coverage on Boxing Day following a late reshuffle

Crystal Palace’s trip to Tottenham will now be shown by BT Sport as Leeds-Liverpool is now off

The match will be BT Sport’s only Premier League offering on Boxing Day with events at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium followed by National League action between Bromley and Southend United. 

There has been a need for broadcasters to have a contingency plan with a score of games being postponed due to Covid in recent weeks.

Teams have been hit hard by the Omicron variant which has ripped through the country and squads have been left devastated over the last couple of weeks with positive tests coming in every day. 

This week Leeds and Watford have been badly affected and they made official requests to the Premier League, asking for their Boxing Day games against Liverpool and Wolves respectively to be postponed – with officials granting their request. 

Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds reported five positive cases and asked for their game to be delayed

Leeds have been forced to close their training ground after the outbreak – which has affected five individuals – with their clash against Aston Villa on December 28 also in doubt. 

The club said all those involved were asymptomatic, which they believe is down to their high vaccine uptake.

It comes after Premier League clubs voted not to hold a ‘festive firebreak’ to allow squads to recover from outbreaks, triggering anger from a handful of teams after being forced to play over the Christmas period. 

That decision, which came at a 20-club meeting on Thursday, was not warmly received by Tottenham boss Antonio Conte, who called the meeting a waste of time and like talking to a wall. 

Broadcasting schedules have had to be flexible at short notice with recent postponements

Conte, who has only just seen his Spurs side return to action following a mass outbreak earlier this month, felt decisions had been made prior to the meeting and it was not worth it. 

‘When you have a wall in front of you, you can say or ask what you want,’ Conte said on Friday. ‘But every decision was [already] taken.

‘We (managers) tried to speak. Some coaches tried to speak to ask about solutions but I think everything was decided and yesterday was a wall. For this reason also, I prefer not to go into the discussion or conversation.’  

Teams have been told that if they have 13 fit players and a goalkeeper their games will go ahead – but there have been a number of cancellations in recent weeks.  

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