Poor weather led to multiple cancellations and delays across the English Premier League in Matchday 26.
NBC Sports Soccer recaps some of the news around England:
Everton's match against Crystal Palace was also postponed:
Everton's official website released a statement:
Everton officials will speak to the Premier League on Thursday morning to open discussions on when the rearranged game with Crystal Palace can take place.
The game was postponed on Wednesday evening due to damage sustained to buildings surrounding the stadium and safety concerns for spectators visiting Goodison Park.
Supporters should note that MATCH TICKETS, SEASON TICKETS and HOSPITALITY TICKETS for tonight’s fixture (Wednesday 12 February, 2014) will be valid for the rearranged game.
The Club will communicate in due course the new date of the fixture and any additional ticket information.
The damage was likely caused by heavy winds, which has been a problem throughout the area. The Manchester Evening News registered an alert for this problem:
The match between Manchester City and Sunderland was the first to be postponed due to the weather, as reported by the Daily Mail:
GMP City Centre also added that conditions were unsafe:
Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany described the situation on his account:
The Daily Mail joked that Jesus Navas would be blown away in these conditions:
Edin Dzeko provided a look at the pitch with debris blowing around:
Man City released a statement on its official Twitter account:
City currently sit in third place in the league table after consecutive disappointing results. The club lost for the first time in league play at Etihad Stadium when Chelsea won 1-0 on Feb. 3. Norwich City then held the squad to a scoreless draw.
However, Chelsea—which entered Matchday 26 on top of the table—only managed a draw on Tuesday against West Bromwich Albion. This left the door open for Manchester City to get back to the top.
Meanwhile, Sunderland will end the day in the relegation zone with 24 points in 25 matches.
Still, they have earned three wins and a draw in their previous five EPL matches. It is never easy earning points at Etihad Stadium, but this recent momentum might have given the club a chance.
In the other postponed match, Everton were looking to move back into position for a top-four spot after falling to sixth place heading into the week. Considering Crystal Palace only has a single road win all year, this seemed like a good opportunity to get a victory.
Unfortunately, all four sides will now have to wait for another day to compete when the weather improves around the country.
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