West Ham United Vs Manchester United The First Premier League Game With Fans Since March
West Ham United's home game against Manchester United in nine days time will be the first Premier League game with fans since March.
Leicester City's 4-0 win over Aston Villa on Monday Night Football was the last time fans were allowed inside the ground in England's top tier, back on March 9th, but that is set to change.
The British government revealed on Monday their plans to allow up to 4,000 fans into grounds when lockdown ends on December 2nd.
On Thursday they announced which areas of the country would be in which tiers, with tier one allowing 4,000 fans, tier two up to 2,000 fans and none in tier three.
The Premier League's kick off times for December were then announced later in the day, paving the way to work out when fans would be allowed back in stadiums.
Aston Villa's home game against Newcastle, kicks off the footballing weekend on Friday December 4th but Birmingham is in tier three so no fans are allowed.
The following day starts with Burnley vs Everton at 12.30pm, followed by Manchester City vs Fulham at 3pm but, with both Lancashire and Greater Manchester also in the highest tier, West Ham's home game at the London Stadium against Manchester United will be the first in nearly nine months to include fans in the ground.
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Sky Sports has announced a bumper December schedule of Premier League football, with 27 live games across the month! :santa::soccer:- Sky Sports (@SkySports) November 26, 2020
The day finished with Chelsea vs Leeds United which should also see fans inside Stamford Bridge. On the Sunday West Brom vs Crystal Palace and Sheffield United vs Leicester City won't have fans in the opening games of the day.
However that afternoon the first north London derby of the season, as Spurs host Arsenal, will let 2,000 fans into the ground, and Liverpool vs Wolves should have the same.
The Gunners will actually be the first Premier League side to have fans in the ground but for their Europa League tie against Rapid Wien on December 3rd.
It's been a long nine long months without our fans.- Arsenal (@Arsenal) November 26, 2020
And our matches simply haven't been the same.
So we're delighted to confirm that we'll be safely welcoming 2,000 fans back to Emirates Stadium for next week's #UEL fixture :point_down:
The most recent occasion fans had been allowed in any Premier League stadium had been Liverpool's loss to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last season.
Clubs lower down the leagues will also be desperate to gets fans back in as they've lost the revenue from the stands being empty.
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