The Weather and New Year's Football

  • Teams up and down the country will be looking to start 2012 with three points. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

    Stoke travel to Lancashire on Monday to play Blackburn Rovers. Photo: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport.

    Rangers take on Motherwell at Ibrox on Monday. Photo: Lynne Cameron/PA Archive/Press Association Images

  • The Weather and New Year's Football
    31.12.2011 15:49


    As 2011 draws to a close, we welcome in the new year with a feast of football as we begin to wind down from the busy festive sporting period. Here we look at just how the weather might play a part in a handful of matches in the next couple of days.

    We kick off around lunchtime on New Years Day in the West Midlands where Everton take on a rejuvenated West Brom, who have taken 7 points from their last 9. David Moyes’ men will be looking for the three points after a stop-start season has seen them rooted to mid-table mediocrity. It will be fairly dry and cloudy at the start of the game, but there will be outbreaks of rain in the early afternoon which could provide a slippy pitch in the second half. Sunderland then take on Manchester City at the Stadium of Light in the Premier League’s only afternoon kick off. It should remain dry and bright throughout the game, but also rather breezy at times.

    Looking ahead to Monday and there are a few more fixtures on offer. It will also be a colder day than of late, with temperatures peaking at around 6-9C in southern England and 3-6C in Scotland. Although a brighter day than New Years Day, there will also be scattered showers in northern and western areas. With colder air, many of these showers may fall as hail down to low levels, perhaps giving a white dusting to pitches.

    Stoke travel up to Lancashire to take on a revitalised Blackburn team who have just beaten Manchester United at Old Trafford. Whilst Blackburn will be desperate for the points, Stoke will be no pushover as they seek to consolidate their top-half finish. There are scattered showers forecast for the Lancashire region during the game, with a chance of hail at times. The showers will also be blustery in a brisk south-westerly wind.

    Meanwhile, up in Glasgow, Rangers host Motherwell in one of the four Clydesdale Bank Premier League 3pm kick offs. Hail and sleet showers are also forecast for the game, where it will feel very chilly.

    Into Tuesday, it will be a stormy day across much of the British Isles with gales and heavy rain in many areas. However, the Premier League and Championship matches don’t kick off until the evening, by which time the strongest of winds should have subsided somewhat. Despite this, there will still be fresh to strong westerly winds affecting Tottenham v West Brom, Wigan v Sunderland and Manchester City v Liverpool, with hail showers also forecast for the two games in north-west England.

    By: Nick Prebble