Which Premier League clubs can have fans under new tier system and how many?

Fans will be allowed to return to certain games from next Wednesday

With the new three-tier restriction system set to be confirmed across the country, sports fans will eagerly await next Wednesday when venues can reopen their doors and welcome supporters for the first time in nearly nine months.

The coronavirus pandemic put the brakes on all forms of sport in March and triggered a shutdown that lasted for at least three months, with the likes of the Premier League, Premiership rugby, horse racing and boxing all resuming behind closed doors.

Hopes for a return of fans on 1 October were dashed when a rise in coronavirus cases and deaths triggered a second national lockdown, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced at the start of the week that the end of the tight restrictions will also coincide with the return of fans – albeit in very limited numbers.

The rules outlined by the government are:

  • Tier 1: Up to 4,000 fans allowed outdoors, up to 2,000 fans indoors
  • Tier 2: Up to 2,000 fans allowed outdoors, up to 1,000 fans or 50 per cent capacity (whichever is fewer) indoors
  • Tier 3: No fans allowed outdoors and indoors.

It’s understood that Premier League games in Liverpool, London and Brighton will all be place under tier 2 restrictions, meaning fans can return in numbers up to 2,000 from next weekend.

However, matches in Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Leeds and Wolverhampton will all be placed in tier 3 restrictions, with fans forced to wait until they can return.

Here’s your complete guide to the football games that stand to be affected next week, and where fans will be eligible to return.

Tuesday 1 December

(EFL are considering moving games to Wednesday 3 December to allow fans to return)


Cardiff City vs Huddersfield Town (Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff) – Wales restrictions TBC

Birmingham City vs Barnsley (St Andrew’s, Birmingham) – tier 3

Bournemouth vs Preston North End (Vitality Stadium) – tier 2

Derby County vs Coventry City (Pride Park, Derby) -tier 3

Queens Park Rangers vs Bristol City (Loftus Road, London) – tier 2

Rotherham United vs Brentford (New York Stadium, Rotherham) – tier 3

League One

AFC Wimbledon vs Peterborough United (Plough Lane, London) – tier 2

Blackpool vs Portsmouth (Bloomfield Road Stadium, Blackpool) – tier 3

Crewe Alexandra vs Swindon Town (Gresty Road, Crewe) – tier 3

Lincoln City vs Wigan Athletic (LNER Stadium, Lincoln) – tier 3

Oxford United vs Ipswich Town (Kassam Stadium, Oxford) – tier 2

Sunderland vs Burton Albion (Stadium of Light, Sunderland) – tier 3

Northampton Town vs Fleetwood Town (Sixfields Stadium, Northampton) – tier 2

Plymouth Argyle vs Rochdale (Home Park, Plymouth) – tier 2

League Two

Bradford City vs Cheltenham Town (Northern Commercials Stadium, Bradford) – tier 3

Colchester United vs Crawley Town (Colchester Community Stadium, Colchester) – tier 2

Forest Green Rovers vs Newport County (The New Lawn, Gloucestershire) – tier 2

Grimsby Town vs Exeter City (Blundell Park, Grimsby) – tier 3

Harrogate Town vs Scunthorpe United (Wetherby Road, Harrogate) – tier 3

Morecambe vs Barrow (Globe Arena, Morecambe) – tier 3

Oldham Athletic vs Tranmere Rovers (Boundary Park, Oldham) – tier 3

Wednesday 2 December

Champions League

Manchester United vs Paris Saint-Germain (Old Trafford, Manchester) – tier 3


Blackburn Rovers vs Millwall (Ewood Park, Blackburn) – tier 3

Luton Town vs Norwich City (Kenilworth Road, Luton) – tier 2

Middlesbrough vs Swansea City (The Riverside, Middlesbrough) – tier 3

Nottingham Forest vs Watford (The City Ground, Nottingham) – tier 3

Sheffield Wednesday vs Reading (Hillsborough, Sheffield) – tier 3

Wycombe Wanderers vs Stoke City (Adam’s Park, Wycombe) – tier 2

League One

Bristol Rovers vs Gillingham (Memorial Stadium) – tier 3

Charlton Athletic vs Milton Keynes Dons (The Valley, London) – tier 2

Hull City vs Doncaster Rovers (KC Stadium, Hull) – tier 3

Shrewsbury Town vs Accrington Stanley (New Meadow, Shrewsbury) – tier 2

League Two

Cambridge United vs Mansfield Town (Abbey Stadium, Cambridge) – tier 2

Carlisle United vs Salford City (Brunton Park, Carlisle) – tier 3

Walsall vs Stevenage (Bescot Stadium, Walsall) – tier 3

Thursday 3 December

Europa League

Arsenal vs Rapid Vienna (Emirates Stadium, London) – tier 2

Rangers vs Standard Liege (Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow) – Scotland restrictions TBC

Friday 4 December


Barnsley vs Bournemouth (Oakwell, Barnsley) – tier 3

Saturday 5 December

Premier League (fixtures to be confirmed)

Aston Villa vs Newcastle United (Villa Park, Birmingham) – tier 3

Brighton vs Southampton (Amex Stadium, Brighton) – tier 2

Burnley vs Everton (Turf Moor, Burnley) – tier 3

Chelsea vs Leeds United (Stamford Bridge, London) – tier 2

Liverpool vs Wolves (Anfield, Liverpool) – tier 2

Manchester City vs Fulham (Etihad Stadium, Manchester) – tier 3

West Bromwich Albion (The Hawthorns, Birmingham) – tier 3

West Ham vs Manchester United (London Stadium, London) – tier 2


Reading vs Nottingham Forest (Madjeski Stadium, Reading) – tier 2

Brentford vs Nottingham Forest (Brentford Community Stadium, London) – tier 2

Bristol City vs Birmingham City (Ashton Gate, Bristol) – tier 2

Coventry City vs Rotherham United (St Andrew’s, Birmingham) – tier 3

Huddersfield Town vs QPR (John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield) – tier 3

Millwall vs Derby County (The Den, London) – tier 2

Norwich City vs Sheffield Wednesday (Carrow Road, Norwich) – tier 2

Preston North Ends vs Wycombe Wanderers (Deepdale, Preston) – tier 3

Stoke City vs Middlesbrough (Britannia Stadium, Stoke) – tier 2

Swansea City vs Luton (Liberty Stadium, Swansea) – Wales regulations TBC

Watford vs Cardiff City (Vicarage Road, Watford) – tier 2

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