Saturday 10 December 2016

Big freeze to wreak havoc on premier league

Published 07/01/2010 | 05:00

FREEZING temperatures and snow are threatening to whitewash the weekend's Premier League programme with travel to and from the grounds, rather than the pitches themselves, likely to be the main problem.

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SATURDAY

Forecast

Remaining cold with further snow showers and perhaps longer periods of snow. Severe frost expected overnight.

Hull v Chelsea

Hull say: Undersoil heating means the pitch will be playable but the roads and concourses in the stadium are a concern. Situation being monitored.

Birmingham v Manchester Utd

Birmingham say: St Andrew's has undersoil heating, but snow and ice in areas surrounding stadium could cause problems.

Arsenal v Everton

Arsenal say: Last night's encounter with Bolton Wanderers was called off due to heavy snow, even after Bolton were forced to get the train to London. Transport problems could also put this match in doubt.

Sunderland v Bolton

Sunderland say: Pitch is playable at present, thanks to undersoil heating, but club will not take risks with surrounding areas if there is a threat to spectator safety.

Fulham v Portsmouth

Fulham say: A club spokesperson said Fulham "are doing everything we possibly can" to ensure the game goes ahead, with consultations planned with local police and the council.

Burnley v Stoke

Burnley say: Pitch perfectly playable, but six inches of snow lying on car parks and surrounding pavements. However, problems lay ahead if there is no thaw before the weekend.

Wigan v Aston Villa

Wigan say: They are confident that the game will go ahead. The pitch itself is fine and 10 acres of surrounding area have been gritted and cleared of ice.

Sunday

Forecast

Sub-zero temperatures expected during the day-time and long periods of snow possible. Easterly winds set to make temperature feel even colder.

Liverpool v Tottenham

Liverpool say: No immediate concerns with the game, but Anfield stadium tours were cancelled yesterday due to the adverse conditions.

West Ham v Wolves

West Ham say: The club are confident that the game will go ahead. Pitch is clear and grit has been put down on pavements. outside Upton Park.

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