Man United, Chelsea, Man City, and Liverpool will all be grateful for the FA Cup rule change.
From the 202021 season onwards, the FA has reinstated a rule that will benefit Premier League clubs.
Premier League clubs will go into the FA Cup Third Round this weekend with the knowledge that a replay is unlikely.
For the second year in a row, the FA has removed replays from the competition to help alleviate the growing fixture congestion caused by Covid.
Replays were scrapped once again in third and fourth-round ties this season, according to a statement released in December.
“We can today confirm that replays have been removed in both the third and fourth rounds of the Emirates FA Cup in 2021-22,” it said.
“This exceptional decision was approved by the FA Board on Friday, December 17, and was taken in the wider interest of English football to alleviate the possibility of fixture congestion following several postponements in recent days and the continued uncertainty ahead due to Covid-19.”
“Ties in this season’s competition’s third and fourth rounds will be played to a finish on the day, with extra time and penalty shootouts if necessary.
“From the 2022-23 season onwards, replays of the Emirates FA Cup will be available up to and including the fourth round.”
The Premier League has canceled 17 games as of January 7 due to Covid-related absences at various clubs.
Other competitions have been impacted as well, with Liverpool and Arsenal’s semi-final first leg on Thursday being postponed.
Because of the natural interest and revenue generated by a home match against top-flight opposition, it is a setback for lower league clubs.
However, in the current Covid-ravaged climate, Premier League clubs will be grateful to avoid unnecessary extra games.
Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Manchester United, in particular, will be overjoyed by the news, especially with the Champions League knockout stages approaching.
Man City play Swindon Town in the FA Cup on Friday night, before Leicester City defend their title against Watford on Saturday afternoon.
Pep Guardiola, however, will not be in the dugout after testing positive for Covid along with several other first-team players and staff members.
Chelsea, who lost last season’s final to Leicester thanks to Youri Tieleman’s howitzer at Wembley, will play Chesterfield at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.
Liverpool will face Shrewsbury Town on Sunday, while Tottenham Hotspur will face Morecambe and Arsenal will travel.
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