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Rafa Benitez reveals Everton down to just nine outfield players as postponement request denied

Rafa Benitez lost his job at Everton on Sunday night

Two Premier League games called off

The Boxing Day fixture list is meant to be one of the highlights of the Premier League season.

However, this year’s games could be few and far between based on current developments.

Of the ten due to be played, two have already been postponed.

First, Leeds vs Liverpool was called off due to five COVID-19 cases in the former’s camp.

Then, within minutes, Watford’s clash with Wolves was also postponed, meaning that both of the day’s scheduled early kick-offs are now set to be rearranged.

But could there be more?

Benitez reveals Everton woes

As per the reliable Paul Joyce, Everton have had a request to postpone their clash with Burnley rejected by the Premier League, after they recorded five positive cases of COVID-19.

In turn, in his press conference on Thursday, Rafael Benitez revealed the scale of the damage, confirming that he is down to just 9 senior outfield players owing to illness and injury. Interestingly, one of those is Lucas Digne, who was recently frozen out but may be required against Sean Dyche’s side.

Any more cases for the Toffees, however, and the game could be called off.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 22 41 56
2 Liverpool FC 21 37 45
3 Chelsea FC 23 28 44
4 West Ham United 22 11 37
5 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
6 Tottenham Hotspur 18 3 33
7 Manchester United 20 3 32
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 2 31
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 21 0 29
10 Leicester City 18 -2 25
11 Crystal Palace 21 -1 24
12 Southampton FC 21 -8 24
13 Aston Villa 20 -5 23
14 Brentford FC 21 -9 23
15 Leeds United 20 -15 22
16 Everton FC 19 -10 19
17 Watford FC 19 -14 14
18 Norwich City 21 -35 13
19 Newcastle United 20 -23 12
20 Burnley FC 17 -11 11

Premier League 21/22

Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 6
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Maddison, James Leicester City 6