The Action Packed Festive Period
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola famously declared last season the schedule would ‘kill players’ when they faced Watford 48 hours after their New Year’s Eve Game.
Last year there wasn’t any fixtures on the 24th, 25th, and 29th of December, this year the 24th, 25th, 28th and 31st have been left blank.
In a nutshell, this means all the Premier League clubs will have an extra days rest this year but they will all still play four games in two weeks over the festive period.
The Big Game
Manchester City Will play Liverpool on January 3rd in one the highlights of the period, Guardiola’s City will have had an extra days rest before the teams meet at the Etihad.
Liverpool build up to the game with fixtures against Newcastle on the 26th of December and the inform Arsenal on the 29th. Meanwhile City have a trip to Leicester on the 26th of December before they face Southampton on the 30th.
This means Manchester City will have had three days’ rest compared to Liverpool’s four, squad rotation may prove to be the key in coming out on top January 3rd.
No Rest for The Wicked
Manchester United will only have two days rest between their home game against Bournemouth and their trip to St James Park to face Newcastle on the 2nd January.
Tottenham Hotspur are the only side in the top five to play fixtures on both the 23rd and 26th of December.
Newly promoted Wolves have the honour of opening the famous Boxing Day fixtures, they play first against Fulham on the 26th of December at 12:30.
West Ham and Southampton are the only two teams not to feature on the 26th of December, they play the following evening at 19:45.
The Christmas TV Fixtures And Where To Find Them
Friday, 21 December: Wolves v Liverpool (20:00) - live on Sky Sports
Saturday, 22 December: Arsenal v Burnley (12:30) - live on Sky Sports; Cardiff v Man Utd (17:30) - live on BT Sport
Sunday, 23 December: Everton v Tottenham (16:00) - live on Sky Sports
Wednesday, 26 December: Fulham v Wolves (12:30); Brighton v Arsenal (17:15); Watford v Chelsea (19:30) - all three matches live on Sky Sports
Thursday, 27 December: Southampton v West Ham (19:45) - live on Sky Sports
Saturday, 29 December: Liverpool v Arsenal (17:30) - live on BT Sport
Sunday, 30 December: Crystal Palace v Chelsea (12:00) live on Sky Sports; Southampton v Man City (14:15) - live on Sky Sports; Man Utd v Bournemouth (16:30) - live on Sky Sports
Tuesday, 1 January: Everton v Leicester (12:30) - live on Sky Sports; Cardiff v Tottenham (17:30) - live on Sky Sports
Wednesday, 2 January: Newcastle v Man Utd (20:00) - live on Sky Sports; West Ham v
Thursday, 3 January: Man City v Liverpool (20:00) - live on Sky Sports
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