‘Lack of TV trucks’ could force Premier League postponements this weekend

Premier League fixtures could be postponed yet again this weekend due to a reported shortage of TV trucks.

Last weekend’s football matches at all levels were called off following Her Majesty the Queen’s death. The long-reigning monarch’s funeral will be held on Monday September 19 with Sky News providing wide-scale coverage leading up to it.

But according to The Daily Mail, that means sister channel Sky Sports is lacking enough of the outside broadcast trucks required to deliver live football coverage. And that doesn’t bode well for fixtures due to Sky being the main rights holder for Premier League matches, which could be set for another blank weekend.

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Sky Sports are due to televise eight live football matches this weekend, including Aston Villa vs Southampton on Friday night. Tottenham vs Leicester is set to be shown on Saturday, while Brentford vs Arsenal and Chelsea vs Liverpool take place on Sunday.

Sky also have two live Championship matches on Saturday, along with Scottish Premier League and Women’s Super League fixtures the following day.

However, the main obstacle preventing Premier League matches from going ahead is the strain on police resources. It is understood 10,000 officers will be in London to oversee security in the capital ahead of the funeral.

Fixtures requiring the biggest police presence such as Manchester United vs Leeds and Chelsea vs Liverpool are most in danger of being postponed.

And Arsenal’s Europa League clash with PSV could also be affected after Rangers’ match against Napoli was moved back 24 hours to be played on Wednesday.

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