Patrick Vieira has revealed that Crystal Palace will no longer hold a Christmas party due to the escalating coronavirus situation in the country.
The government announced on Wednesday that it had implemented ‘Plan B’ in response to the spread of the Omicron variant, which means there will be a need for proof of Covid-19 vaccination or negative side-flow testing for viewers to attend sporting events in England with crowds of more than 10,000.
Vieira, who revealed that he received a double vaccination before Super Sunday Match with Everton, live Sky Sports He remembers celebrating over the holidays as a player but revealed a joint decision was made to cancel such plans for his team at this time of year.
“It’s part of the culture of this country, the Christmas party that the players do,” he said.
“We did it two years ago and it’s something the players love to do but obviously with the situation, we and the players decided to cancel the Christmas party and it was the right thing to do.”
Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur face the Covid-19 crisis with the outbreak at the north London club forcing them to postpone matches with Rennes and Brighton this week.
Vieira, the Eagles boss is happy with the protocols in place at Selhurst Park, but continues to stress to his team the importance of what they do outside of training.
He added: “I’m just like everyone else. We are all worried about the increase in positive cases, not only in football but in our society.
“Everywhere else, the cases are getting more and more. If the cases are out of cases more, then obviously it will be more in football clubs.
“We just have to be careful and hopefully everyone will pay more attention to how we socialize from outside the training facility.”
Vieira declined to comment on how many of his team had received two doses of coronavirus vaccination when questioned about the fact that NHS Covid permits would be required so people could attend major sporting events, although a negative lateral flow test would also suffice.
He has revealed that he believes “strongly” in the vaccine which has been the subject of debate in football in recent months over the number of players vaccinated amid speculation that conspiracy theories have influenced their decisions.
“It is not out of my place to say what should be mandatory or not,” Vieira insisted.
“We, like everyone abroad, follow a process according to government rules and all of us at this football club will follow those rules.
“There are some specialists who are going to have to decide if a vaccine is mandatory or not or the kind of pass you need to get into the stadium.
“The only thing I can tell you is that I’ve been double vaccinated and I strongly believe we need to get it but everyone has to make their own decision in that aspect.”
Jack Butland, Luka Milivojevic, Jordan Ayew and Wilfried Zaha tested positive for Covid-19 last season.
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Jones knows the prediction
Crystal Palace have lost their last three Premier League games, all of which coincided with the absence of centre-back Joachim Andersen, whose ability to push the field makes it easier for Palace to dominate matches. They haven’t had much luck sending off lower-ranked teams this season either, failing to win five games against teams in the bottom half. When you factor these two variables into account, I’ll be up against them on this one at 5/4 with the Sky Bet.
Everton have also not lost in the last 13 Premier League matches between the two teams and have given a proper performance for their manager in the victory over Arsenal. They will be fine when Dominic Calvert-Lewin returns.
One angle to focus on is the game that comes alive in the second half. Both teams are known for being slow at the start with patient style and lack of excitement in the opening kicks of the match. Of the 38 goals scored by these two clubs this season, 73 per cent came in the second half. This makes 11/10 with Sky Bet in the second half the highest scoring half so attractive. It’s a bet that was going to happen in seven of the Palace’s last nine matches.
Predict the score: 1-1
Betting angle: The second half has the most goals (11/10 with Sky Bet)
- After seven matches unbeaten, Crystal Palace have lost their last three Premier League matches. The last time they lost in a row was in June/July 2020 (7).
- Everton have not achieved a win in five away matches (D1 L4), their worst run in eight matches spanning between April and October 2019. The Toffees have also conceded first in each of their five games without a win on the road.
- Everton won more points than any losing team in the Premier League in 2021-22 (10), making up 56% of their total (10/18). In Premier League history, only Wolves in 2011-12 (60%, 15/25) and West Brom in 2010-11 (57%, 27/47) have won a higher share of their total points than the losing positions in a single season.
- Only Wolves (4) have scored fewer first-half goals in the Premier League this season than Crystal Palace (5), while Aston Villa (24%) have scored less before the first half than the Eagles (26%).
- All four of Wilfried Zaha’s Premier League goals for Crystal Palace this season have been the game’s opening goal, with three of them ending up as the match-winning goal. The Ivorian has only scored one goal in 11 Premier League games against Everton, and has never been in the winning team against the Toffees.