Prem games survive big freeze

Blackburn have announced Sunday’s lunchtime derby with Bolton is

“definitely on” despite adverse weather conditions. Snow in

Lancashire this morning cast doubt over the three Premier League

fixtures in the north-west of England with Manchester City hosting

Liverpool and Wigan at home to Tottenham. The midday derby between

Rovers and Bolton is on, though, with a statement from the club

saying snowfall near Ewood Park has been “relatively light”. City

quickly followed suit with a similar message confirming their

high-profile clash with Liverpool will be played as scheduled,

while Wigan also announced their match against Spurs is on.

“Despite the overnight snowfall around Manchester, we can confirm

that this afternoon’s game against Liverpool is on,” said City.

“Traffic is moving freely around the City of Manchester Stadium and

the approaches immediately to the ground itself for those on foot

are clear. There is no problem with the playing surface and the

game goes ahead at 3pm as scheduled. “If you are coming to the

game, the weather is set to remain cold and wet throughout the day,

so please wear lots of layers and stay warm.” Wigan, meanwhile,

said: “The DW Stadium pitch undersoil heating has been functioning

throughout the week, while snow ploughs and gritters have made the

main access roads into the stadium passable. “The club are warning,

however, that it may be forced into some car park closures,

depending on conditions later today. “Supporters are being reminded

that conditions remain potentially hazardous and roads throughout

the region continue to be affected by the adverse weather.”