Matches postponed, Covid XXL case … Where will we play football in Europe this weekend?

Among the various reports and the positive cases that explode, it is difficult to orient yourself. Le Figaro stocks championship by championship.

The new wave of the pandemic is shaking the sports calendar, including football competitions. While several meetings have already been postponed and others remain threatened, Le Figaro takes stock of the situation, championship after championship, for this weekend.


Between the fivelargeEuropeans, Ligue 1 is the one most affected by the postponement of matches this weekend. The confrontation between Angers SCO and AS Saint-Etienne, initially scheduled for this Sunday (3 pm), had already been canceled at the end of 2021 due to too many positive cases of Covid-19 within the Angevin workforce. It has already been rescheduled for Wednesday January 26 (7pm). Lille-Lorient, which was due to play this Saturday (17:00), have also been postponed after the detection of twelve cases of contamination in the Breton ranks. Finally, the confrontation between Montpellier and ESTAC, scheduled for this Sunday (15) has also been postponed due to thirteen cases of infections among Trojan players. The shock of the 20th day of Ligue 1 between Olympique Lyonnais and Paris Saint-Germain (Sunday, 20:45), should for its part be disputed with Lucas Paqueta, who returned to training after being declared positive during the holidays, but without several Parisian players like Angel Di Maria, Julian Draxler, Gianluigi Donnarumma or even Danilo Pereira, all contaminated.

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There are no Premier League matches on Saturday and Sunday. Not for the new wave of pandemic, but simply because the weekend is dedicated to the 3rd round of the FA Cup. So far, no match has been postponed. However, we are not immune from a new surprise. Last Thursday’s League Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Arsenal could not take place and was postponed after numerous positive cases were discovered at the Reds. The latter will face Shrewsbury Town Football Club (League One, English D3) this Sunday (15:00). Chelsea, for their part, receive FC Chesterfield (National league, English P5) this Saturday (18:30) without N’Golo Kanté or Thiago Silva, both placed in isolation after a positive test.


In Germany, matchday 18 of the Bundesliga should take place as normal. Well almost. If no match has yet been postponed yet, some teams are still affected by the epidemic and will be forced to demonstrate great adaptability. Like Bayern Munich, which this Friday night received Borussia Mönchengladbach with only thirteen professional players available for nine cases of contamination within its workforce, but also the absences of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Bouna Sarr., Departed to compete in the Africa Cup of Nations. Among the matches to follow, Erling Haaland’s Borussia Dortmund will go to Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday (18:30). Shortly before, at 15:30, RB Leipzig will receive Mainz and Bayer Leverkusen will host Union Berlin.


Italian football is not spared from the pandemic. Last Thursday four matches of the 20th day of Serie A could not be played. Four teams of the transalpine elite, Bologna, Salernitana, Turin and Udinese, had been banned from traveling and placed in isolation by the health authorities for a large number of contaminations. The 21st day of the first division championship, scheduled in its entirety this Sunday, is not, however, called into question. All games are kept. At least, until now. Milan will go to Venice (12:30), while Juventus Turin will face AS Roma in the late afternoon (18:30) and Inter will host Lazio Roma in the evening (20:45).


In Spain, the pandemic is not expected to result in the slightest delay by Monday evening. Matchday 20 of La Liga should therefore take place almost normally. A bit like in Germany, some formations will have to adapt, even if it means choosing between players on their own reserve team. Last week, FC Barcelona made the trip to Mallorca (0-1) with many young players to make up for all their absences. Xavi Hernandez, the new Catalan coach, had also deplored the continuation of the match. In vain. This Saturday (18:30), against Granada, the Blaugrana should always be belittled. For its part, Real Madrid will receive Valencia shortly after (21:00).

Elsewhere in Europe

Even in the other European leagues scheduled for this weekend, namely in Portugal and Turkey, the pandemic should not have an impact on the conduct of the matches. All meetings are held. In Liga Portugal Bwin, FC Porto move this Saturday (19:00) to the Estoril lawn. In Süper Lig, Galatasaray will host Giresunspor this Saturday (19:00), while Besiktas will travel to Rizespor (Sunday, 17:00).

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